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  • Despite a recent near-death experience, the wife of R&B singer Usher, Tameka Foster is still interested in plastic surgery.

    Just last month, 37-year old Tameka Foster reportedly suffered a cardiac arrest while under anesthesia for a liposuction being performed in Brazil. Although she is now safe at home, rumors are flowing that Tameka wants to try again. (See Make Me Heal’s story on Tameka Foster’s liposuction).

    [Photo removed at celebrity rep's request.  You may find photo at: http://poponthepop.com/gallery/tameka-foster]

    Apparently, an “insider” told the National Enquirer:

    “It was the worst few days of Usher’s life — but now he’s frightened to death all over again because Tameka insists she still wants the surgery. She wants to wait a couple of months, and then go through it again in the States. Tameka is still determined to get a full body makeover. Now Usher is desperately trying to convince her that she’s beautiful just the way she is. He swears he’ll be the one in the hospital if he has to go through the risk of another life and death battle with Tameka.”

    It is always important for a patient to be in fine medical health before undergoing an elective procedure like plastic surgery. In the case of someone with a negative reaction, it is extra important to understand what went wrong the first time to ensure that it doesn’t happen again.

    According to New York Plastic Surgeon Dr. David Shafer, “Tameka had a rare and unfortunate incident when undergoing plastic surgery outside of the country. Before undergoing any further procedures she needs a thorough medical work-up to help prevent any further problems and insure that she does not have any underlying medical conditions. Cosmetic surgery is elective and every effort needs to be made to make sure that she is completely healthy before undergoing any further surgery.”

    Plastic surgeon Dr. John Di Saia recommends, “It is very uncommon to have an arrest before surgery, so Ms. Foster already represents an unusual situation. If a patient wanted surgery after such an experience, it would be important to assess what really happened the first time. Then tests would need to be performed to assess her risk in subsequent surgery. Are her heart and respiratory systems up to the task of anesthesia? If so, the surgery would be planned in such a way as to minimize this risk.”

    Plastic surgeon Dr. Jennifer Walden also emphasizes the need for Tameka’s health to be stable before trying again, “In regard to reports that Tameka Foster is wanting to undergo an operation now that she is back from Brazil, I would say that getting surgery in the U.S. is a more logical choice since she is an American, and given our country’s standardized approach to training and credentialing of doctors and hospital staff. But since she reportedly had a complication upon induction of anesthesia before undergoing a procedure in Brazil, I would recommend getting a full medical history and physical exam (often termed a medical clearance) prior to surgery so as to possibly avoid another complication or frank tragedy similar to what happened to Donda West. I would also advise to wait at least 6 to 8 months after the birth of her last child or until she reaches a stable weight to that she is physically optimized prior to any elective cosmetic procedure.”

    Although Make Me Heal had previously recommended Tameka get a tummy tuck, after getting a sagging belly after giving birth multiple times, it is never a good idea to risk your health for aesthetic purposes. (See Make Me Heal’s story on Tameka Foster’s tummy tuck).

    Make Me Heal hopes Tameka takes the doctors’ advise and makes sure that she is in good health before trying for more plastic surgery.

    Read the complete celebrity plastic surgery profile of Tameka Foster on Plasticopedia, the web’s largest celebrity plastic surgery.

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    1 Comment so far

    1. Dr. Barry Friedberg on April 1, 2009 3:58 am

      As the leading authority in anesthesia for cosmetic surgery, should she decide to have cosmetic surgery, I recommend anyone who provides her anesthesia to read my book, Anesthesia in Cosmetic Surgery, published by Cambridge University Press.

      At the very least, please visit my patient friendly web site, http://www.cosmeticsurgeryanesthesia.com, and read Chapter 1 for free. Details on how to give my anesthetic are provided. Consider using the safest achievable anesthesia for Ms. Foster for her future surgery.

      Near disasters like Ms. Fosters and the death of Kanye’s mother, Donde West, are almost always avoidable and almost always related to general anesthesia.

      PK anesthesia, as I describe it, gives you everything you want from general anesthesia without any of the risks. You don’t hear, feel or remember your surgery.
      Brain activity monitoring of your anesthesia will assure that the ‘Goldilocks’ principle is followed.

      By giving the anesthesia on the basis of your brain’s needs (21st century practice), you will not get ‘too much,’ ‘too little,’ but ‘just the right’ amount’ you need. Hence, thus use of the word ‘Goldilocks,’ like the story with the 3 bears by the same name.

      My contact information is provided on the contact page should any further consultation be requested.

      I wish both Ms. Foster and Usher the best for their respective futures.

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