Patient Deaths Prompt Florida to Limit BBLs to 3 Per Surgeon Per Day

No surgeon in Fla. may do more than 3 BBL surgeries in 1 day, mandates a 90-day emergency order approved by the state's Board of Medicine. But patients won't know whether they're a surgeon's 1st or 15th BBL for the day.

by Surgical Times

An NBC 6 investigation into deaths by Brazilian butt lift surgery in South Florida has prompted a response from the state’s medical board:

Any surgeon in Florida may now do no more than three BBL surgeries per day, according to an emergency order approved by the state’s Board of Medicine on Friday, June 3, 2022.

The emergency order also mandates that surgeons use ultrasound technology while doing the surgery as yet another preventative measure to avoid inadvertently injecting fat into the gluteal muscles, where it could lead to a pulmonary embolism and a patient’s death.

The emergency order expires in 90 days, according to NBC 6 who first reported on the matter and attended the meeting where it was issued.

The NBC 6 investigation revealed that in five years, 19 women have lost their lives during or after BBL surgery in South Florida.

In 2019, the Sunshine State adopted a rule prohibiting BBL fat injections from being done into the buttock muscle.

Yet 2021 was the deadliest year on record for BBL surgery in the state.

“We were very surprised to find that in 2021, more people died from the Brazilian butt lift than any other year before,” Dr. Pat Pazmiño, a Miami plastic surgeon, told NBC 6 on April 11, 2022.

The latest emergency order, approved Friday, June 3, intends to address that fatal trend by ensuring surgeons are not overly exhausted while their patients are under the knife, and that they can see what part of the buttocks they are injecting into by way of ultrasound technology.

Florida’s plastic surgery tourism patients will have no way to know whether they are a surgeon’s first or 15th BBL surgery for that day.

And anyone who believes all surgeons will suddenly stick to this new rule (or that any entity has the wherewithal to actually enforce it) would do very well to watch Season 2, Episode 1 of National Geographic’s Trafficked with Mariana van Zeller, “Black Market Surgery” on repeat.

Correction: An earlier version of this story said the order was approved July 3rd. It was approved June 3rd.

2 comments

New victim June 11, 2022 - 22:10

It’s not Friday July 3rd, it’s June 3rd. We’re not in July yet 🙄

Mico McMath June 14, 2022 - 14:39

The doctors are saying this has been appealed as of 6/14. Wish we could get an updated article somewhere …

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