A boob job gone wrong caused her artery to burst.

on Feb 9, 2011 - The Dish

Tabatha Coffey
In 1992, Tabatha Coffey was looking for more than a chic haircut to enhance her look.

The Tabatha's Salon Takeover star tells Life & Style that she underwent surgery that year to bump her B cup breasts up to a D. During the procedure, she says the doctor nicked an artery which ultimately ruptured four days later. The Australia native, who was in her early 20s at the time, recalls suffering internal bleeding as a result. She says the surgeon corrected the mistake, but that instead of inserting brand new implants, he actually put the old ones back in -- thereby causing an infection. Tabatha cut her losses and removed the breast enhancers, but she still needed to wear a catheter bag for three months before the infection cleared.

A nightmare, right? Well, the 41-year-old Aussie tells Life & Style that she doesn't regret the experience because it taught her a valuable life lesson – you know, other than never, ever use that doctor again. "It was such a great learning experience for me, but it was a hell of a lesson to learn," the It's Not Really About The Hair author says. "I can re-evaluate the fact that those boobs were never going to make me perfect. It was life-changing in the way that I look at things, especially my own body image. It was a good lesson to learn: to accept me as me." 

Tabatha's full interview with Life & Style is on stands now.

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