Former Miss Russia Marina Maximova is undergoing harrowing breast surgery treatment after a botched job left her chest in tatters.

Maximova was encouraged to go under the knife and get implants in Switzerland last year (04) by model friends, but quickly regretted her decision when an inexperienced surgeon made her look like a freak.

She tells US news show Entertainment Tonight, "The damage was so extensive, the breasts didn't look like breasts. Underneath there's, like, huge haematomas, which is like internal pockets of blood that's bigger than your breasts.

"It's very scary... I felt my life was over. I cried every day because my life was over."

Maximova has already undergone two surgeries to get her breasts back.

She adds, "I'm a lot happier."