Plastic Surgeon Dr. Sam Jejurikar provides high-quality care to people in the Dallas community. He also works at the international level, publicly speaking about plastic surgery and explaining best practice for patient safety to his fellow plastic surgery practitioners. He is also a volunteer for Smile Bangladesh, spending March 2019 performing free surgery for underprivileged children with cleft palates.
Cleft palates are a birth defect usually caused by maternal malnutrition during pregnancy. Many people with a cleft palate live in remote communities where there are no surgeons to help them. In Bangladesh, there are only 30 plastic surgeons able to perform cleft palate surgery while there are 30,000 people with this condition. Developing countries rely on people like Dr. Sam Jejurikar to spend their time performing free surgeries. Volunteers for Smile Bangladesh have performed over 1,000 free cleft palate surgeries in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka since 2010.
Dr. Sam Jejurikar has also made a name for himself as a surgeon, leading the charge to make gluteal augmentation, aka Brazilian Butt Lift, safer. He became a board-certified plastic surgeon in 1998 when this type of surgery was being introduced in the United States. After graduating from the University of Michigan, he joined the esteemed Dallas Plastic Surgery Institute. To improve patient safety for gluteal augmentation, he joined the Multisociety Gluteal Fat Grafting Task Force.
There are three professional organizations behind this task force. These are the International Federation for Adipose Therapeutics and Science, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons. The task force is performing anatomic studies that will help plastic surgeons safely perform fat injection surgeries.
A Brazilian Butt Lift involves taking fat from one location on the body and injecting it into the buttocks to create a rounder look. Dr. Sam Jejurikar says that complications can occur if fat is mistakenly injected into a blood vessel which can lead to an embolism.