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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.