It is possible to die during or after ANY operation, including tonsils, hernias, liposuction, tubal ligation, root canal, and breast augmentation. There has never been a case where a breast implant has caused a death, but there have been cases reported where somebody died from augmentation surgery.
I have never had a patient die from surgery, nor have any of my colleagues with whom I am personally acquainted who are Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Unfortunately, there are unqualified poorly-trained individuals who are performing breast augmentation, often the doctors called 'fake plastic surgeons' or 'cosmetic cowboys' by the media, and deaths have occurred at their hands. (As of the date of latest revision of this page (see below) there have been no fatalities with TUBA done by a surgeon Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.)
There are many things you need to be certain about before deciding on a plastic surgeon:
The way to determine whether a surgeon you have in mind is a real Plastic Surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, is to check the Board Certification Verification website, type in the first and last name of the surgeon you are checking, and then click the Submit button. Under Certification it must say 'American Board of Plastic Surgery' then he/she is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. If that exact wording does not appear, then he/she is NOT board-certified in Plastic Surgery, and you may have been given the name of a 'fake plastic surgeon' or 'cosmetic cowboy'. If this statement appears: "We are sorry, but there are no entries which match your search criteria, please try one or more of the following" and you are certain that you have input all the information correctly, then that person is not certified by any legitimate board whatsoever.
Keep in mind that the risk of anesthesia in qualified hands is the same as the risks you take when driving in a car 10 miles in a city.
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