A Miami doctor has been banned from performing Brazilian butt lift (BBL) buttocks enhancement surgeries after a patient died on the operating table the same day.
According to the Miami Herald, the 33-year-old patient died after Dr. John Sampson performed BBL surgery on June 16, 2021.
According to an autopsy report obtained by the Herald, Sampson punctured the woman’s liver and intestines during the procedure.
The Florida Board of Medicine banned Sampson from performing the BBL procedure again. He was also fined $20,000 and $5,626 for the board’s investigation and prosecution costs.
Sampson was ordered to study five hours of continuing education in medical records keeping, a one-hour lecture on liposuction and gluteal fat grafting surgeries, and he can’t be the head physician at any private or public medical office or surgery center.
A BBL procedure is a gluteal fat transfer and liposuction surgery that gives women unnaturally exaggerated buttocks and hips.
Hundreds of women get BBL procedures performed every month in the US or in South America, where the prices are cheaper.
Nearly 1 in 5 Black and Hispanic women have had a BBL procedure, according to recent statistics.
In 2020, an estimated 396,000 women had buttocks enhancement surgery. That figure has jumped 20% since 2020.
Women who undergo BBL surgeries typically have low self-esteem and body image disturbance issues.
A doctor in Florida has been fined and banned from performing the controversial Brazilian butt lift procedure after one of his patients died – but he will keep his medical license.
Dr. John Sampson was sanctioned following claims that a patient, aged 33, passed away after the surgery when he allegedly punctured her liver and intestines on June 16, 2021.
He performed the procedure, which patients pay as little as $3,500 for, at Seduction Cosmetic Surgery in Coral Gables – the same clinic where a doctor had previously been banned for similar infractions in 2017.
Sampson was the ‘designated physician’ at Seduction, according to a complaint filed against him, which meant that he was not supposed to be performing surgeries himself.
However, it was discovered within the complaint that he performed several surgeries between April and June of 2021, including seven on the day his patient died.
Dr. John Sampson was sanctioned after claims made following a patient dying after a surgery on June 16, 2021
He performed the procedure at Seduction Cosmetic Surgery in Coral Gables, which has previously had a doctor banned for similar infractions in 2017
Sampson was the designated physician at Seduction, according to a complaint filed against him, which meant that he was not supposed to be performing surgeries
However, it was discovered within the complaint that he performed several surgeries between April and June of 2021, including seven on the day his patient died
Florida’s Board of Medicine made an emergency ruling in June of this year limiting doctors to three BBL procedures per day.
The site shows that Seduction will perform BBLs for as little as $4,500, with Sampson’s Instagram – where he tags many of his patients as either ‘Sampson Doll’ or ‘Sampson Stallion’ offering discounts to the cost of $3,500.
Sampson, according to the complaint, punctured the liver and intestines of a patient only identified as ‘E.R.’ and injected the fat taken from her abdomen into her gluteal muscles, reports the Miami Herald.
This particular version of the BBL has been illegal in the state of Florida since 2019. The patient died the same night, at the age of 33 years old.
The complaint also suggested that Sampson and Seduction lied on their paperwork.
The site shows that Seduction will perform BBLs for as little as $4,500, with Sampson’s Instagram – where he tags many of his patients as either ‘Sampson Doll’ or ‘Sampson Stallion’ offering discounts to the cost of $3,500
Sampson, according to the complaint, punctured the liver and intestines of a patient only identified as ‘E.R.’ and injected the fat taken from her abdomen into her gluteal muscles
The particular version of the BBL Sampson was performing has been illegal in the state of Florida since 2019. The patient died the same night at just 33 years old
Osakatukei ‘Osak’ Omulepu saw one of his patients die and lost the ability to do the procedure while working at Seduction in 2017
On his biography on the Seduction website, Sampson says: ‘I entered into the fields of cosmetic and plastic reconstructive surgery because I wanted to make a lasting, positive impact on people’s lives.
‘That’s why I always work so hard to create a personalized plan for every single one of my patients, so that when we’re done, I know that they will move on in life with greater confidence and actually take joy in the person that they are.’
He’s also listed on that same website as a ‘board certified surgeon.’ According to a profile in the Florida Department of Health website, Sampson’s lone board certification is listed as ‘suspended.’
Sampson had never been previously sanctioned but Seduction had seen a doctor stripped of the right to perform a BBL in 2017.
Osakatukei ‘Osak’ Omulepu saw one of his patients die and lost the ability to do the procedure.
Sampson was also fined $20,000 and charged $5,626 for the cost of the investigation and prosecution. However, he will not lose his medical license.
Additionally, he has to undergo five hours of continuing medical education and cannot be the designated physician at any surgery center.
Brazilian butt lifts: The world’s fastest growing surgery
Brazilian butt lifts have become the world’s fastest growing surgery, despite concerns about the procedure’s dangers.
The number of butt lifts performed globally has risen 77.6 per cent since 2015, according to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
The procedure — when fat is taken from one part of the body and injected into the rear — have the highest risk of death of any cosmetic procedure.
The injected fat can cause blockages in blood vessels in the lungs.
Despite this, they are still available in the UK as well as the US.
At least three women in Britain have died in the last three years from complications of surgeries carried out in Turkey, where procedures are often cheaper.