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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I that Tabatha is well and OK today because she is a very special talented person who is helping allot of people learn to take control over their businesses and their life even for the viewers who watch her show. Thank you Tabatha for being the amazing person that you are. Rhonda, Phoenix,AZ
Tabitha has been a hit with us from first sight on her first show before her current one. There has always been something about her that set her leagues aboves the rest. We love her. David and Patrick
Tabetha I wish I could be have the stylist that you are..... I often dream of having a upscale salon and most of all making lasting impressions on people..... You should open up a school called Tabetha and Company.... Keep up the good work . P.S. I would love to meet you.
Having been a cosmetologist in the 70's-80's and been in my share of really good salons, I wonder WHERE the hell are the state inspectors that should be checking out these pig sty salons? We could have never gotten away with this crap. What makes me really sad is these "hairdressers" have no self pride in working in a clean and professional invironment. It is your station, keep it clean! Do your part even if no one else is! zoomey
I have loved Tabatha since her apperence on Shear Genius. Her show is really great to watch and I have actually taken more pride in my job as a stylist. She is down to earth and has a in your face attitude that gets the job done. :) Keep it going and make hairstyling fun and professional.
Thank you that their is another cosmotologist in the hair industry that calls himself by this name rather than a hair dresser. I totally agree about the sterilization and professionalism that are absent today. State Board of Cosmetology licensesed us in the profession of cosmetology. We are licensed professionals. Practice professionalism for our name sake.