Jacklyn Smith, better known as Jacky Oh, was a former MTV star who appeared on the comedy show Wild ‘N Out for five seasons. She was also a model, influencer, entrepreneur and mother of three children. She died suddenly on May 31, 2023, at the age of 32. The official cause of her death has been revealed to be complications from cosmetic surgery. Here is what we know about her tragic death and how it could have been prevented.
What Happened to Jacky Oh?
According to PEOPLE, Jacky Oh underwent a gluteal augmentation procedure, also known as a Brazilian butt lift, on May 30, 2023. This is a type of cosmetic surgery that involves transferring fat from other parts of the body to the buttocks to enhance their shape and size. The procedure was performed by a licensed plastic surgeon and there were no complications during the surgery. She was prescribed antibiotics, painkillers and anti-nausea medications after the operation.
The next day, Jacky Oh developed a severe headache and had difficulty speaking. Her aunt called 911 and paramedics arrived at her home in Miami. However, Jacky Oh was unresponsive and was pronounced dead at the hospital. The Miami-Dade Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed that she died from complications from cosmetic surgery and ruled her death as an accident.
What Are the Risks of Cosmetic Surgery?
Cosmetic surgery is not without risks and complications. Some of the common side effects include bleeding, infection, scarring, nerve damage, asymmetry and dissatisfaction with the results. However, some complications can be life-threatening, such as blood clots, pulmonary embolism, organ damage and anesthesia reactions.
According to Us Weekly, Jacky Oh’s autopsy report revealed that she had a pulmonary embolism, which is a blockage of an artery in the lungs by a blood clot. This can cause chest pain, shortness of breath, coughing up blood and cardiac arrest. It is possible that the fat transfer during the gluteal augmentation procedure caused some fat to enter the bloodstream and travel to the lungs, forming a clot.
Pulmonary embolism is one of the most serious complications of cosmetic surgery and can be fatal if not treated promptly. The risk factors include obesity, smoking, pregnancy, birth control pills, hormone therapy and prolonged immobility. To prevent pulmonary embolism, patients should follow their surgeon’s instructions before and after the surgery, such as avoiding smoking, drinking plenty of fluids, moving around regularly and taking blood thinners if prescribed.
How to Choose a Safe Cosmetic Surgeon?
Cosmetic surgery is a personal decision that should be made after careful research and consultation with a qualified professional. Not all cosmetic surgeons are equally trained and experienced in performing different types of procedures. Choosing a reputable and board-certified cosmetic surgeon can reduce the risk of complications and ensure optimal results.
According to NBC News, Jacky Oh’s plastic surgeon was licensed by the Florida Board of Medicine and had no disciplinary actions or malpractice claims against him. However, he was not board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), which is the only board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) to certify plastic surgeons in the United States.
Board certification by the ABPS indicates that the surgeon has completed at least six years of surgical training with three years of plastic surgery residency, passed rigorous written and oral exams and adheres to high standards of ethics, safety and quality. Board-certified plastic surgeons are also required to undergo continuing education and recertification every 10 years.
To find a board-certified plastic surgeon in your area, you can visit the website of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), which is the largest organization of plastic surgeons in the world. The ASPS only accepts members who are certified by the ABPS or its equivalent in other countries. You can also check the credentials and reviews of any cosmetic surgeon online or by contacting your state medical board.
How to Honor Jacky Oh’s Legacy?
Jacky Oh was more than just a beautiful face on TV. She was a talented comedian who brought laughter and joy to millions of viewers. She was also a successful entrepreneur who launched her own lip gloss line and sold real estate. Most importantly, she was a devoted mother who loved her children dearly.
Jacky Oh’s partner, DC Young Fly, who is also a rapper and actor, shared a heartfelt tribute to her on Instagram in June. He wrote: “I wasn’t in no rush to post this because I wanted it to be a dream so bad but every hour I’m reminded of realty [sic] so I wanna make sure I applaud you in the proper manner \uD83D\uDE22 You are the GREATEST MOTHER I KNOW your soul was beautiful … [I] will always tell our kids how much [of] an amazing person you were.”
He also thanked everyone for their support and prayers and said that he and their children are holding on to their faith. He called Jacky Oh “the QUEEN of my children” and said that she will always have a spot in his heart.
Jacky Oh’s fans and friends also expressed their condolences and admiration for her on social media. Many of them remembered her as a funny, kind, smart and strong woman who inspired them with her work ethic, creativity and positivity. They also urged others to be careful and informed about cosmetic surgery and to cherish their loved ones.
Jacky Oh’s death was a tragic loss for the entertainment industry and the world. She left behind a legacy of laughter, beauty and love that will never be forgotten. May she rest in peace.