Mother-daughters team arrested for illegal Botox injections

July 30, 2013

A Texas woman and her two daughters have been arrested for administering illegal Botox injections.
A Texas woman and her two daughters have been arrested for administering illegal Botox injections.

You may have heard of a recent trend known as "couples' surgery." This refers to pairs of people, often husbands and wives or parents and their adult children, opting to go under the knife together. However, a recent story out of Houston takes a dark twist on this concept, as a mother and her two daughters were arrested for giving Botox injections without a medical license, according to the Houston Chronicle.

This isn't the first time that 50-year-old Maria Lorena Teran has been arrested for administering cosmetic medicine without a license. According to the news source, when she was most recently apprehended, she was out on bond over a previous charge of the same nature. This time around, however, her two daughters, Camile and Victoria Urgileshas were taken in along with her.

As is so often the case with these sorts of stories, it seems that Teran was administering her illegal injections at a medispa. The facility, La Femme's, was located off Highway 6, which runs through west Houston.

Patients who are considering Botox injections must be certain that they have found a qualified injector to administer the treatments. The person giving Botox injections should be a plastic surgeon, facial plastic surgeon, ophthalmic plastic surgeon, and dermatologist or be a registered nurse or physician's assistant working under the oversight of one of those physicians.

How can patients make sure the person they've found is qualified? The best way is to ask. Qualified injectors with any of the above distinctions won't hesitate to show evidence of their medical background and training. The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery hosts a find-a-surgeon tool on their website, which makes it easy for patients to find a qualified cosmetic surgeon in their area.


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