It happens in shops or walking down the street. Wherever she goes, curvy Melissa Bell turns heads for all the wrong reasons - and she's sick of it!
'It would be nice if people talked to my face instead of my chest,' sighs the diminutive former Neighbours favourite, who is desperate for surgery to reduce the size of her 12GG breasts.
'It might sound funny, but my boobs are so big and heavy, I get really bad neck and back pain because a disk in my spine has slipped out of place. My breasts have honestly become a serious medical issue for me!'
Factor in the difficulty of finding fashionable clothes and underwear to fit. Then figure how the busty star's appearance limits the roles she can realistically play. Blonde and just 1.57cm tall, Melissa, 44, jokes, 'I'm not really the type who gets cast as brain surgeon or nuclear scientist! That would look pretty stupid.'
The mother-of-four bravely trying to rebuild her life following the death of beloved husband Gary last year - believes breast reduction could be the catalyst for change and new beginnings.
'Now my boobs have become a real problem,' says Melissa, who has had two breast augmentations in the past and emergency corrective surgery when one went horribly wrong.
'I know people will say I've brought this on myself, but I had no idea my breasts would keep growing the way they have. If I'd known, would I have had the implants? Probably not.'
Melissa, who shot to fame as Ramsay Street's Lucy Robinson, had her first C-cup silicone enhancement in 2005, after competing on Celebrity Overhaul.
But Melissa, who has confessed to suffering from body dysmorphia, soon became uncomfortable with her shape again. Inevitably, giving birth to four children - Dylan, now 20, Jonathan, 17, Isabella, 13, and William, 9 - had impacted her appearance.
'My implants were the same, but my body changed,' she smiles ruefully. My breasts had grown and dropped, so I had to have the old implants take out and new ones put in. But because I had so much loose skin, I had to go up in size to a DD implant.
'It's a vicious circle really, once you get stuck on it. Obviously every woman's experience is different, but it's important to know all the facts before you start having cosmetic surgery.'
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