Texas woman charged with injecting Botox without a license
November 16, 2011
A Texas woman has been arrested for allegedly running an illegal Botox clinic. KHOU-TV reports that Maria Lorena Teran was injecting patient's faces and other body parts with Botox, although she is not a licensed medical professional.
Apparently, several of her patients, who said the clinic looked legitimate, became sick after their injections and contacted police. The Houston police then began an investigation that included the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
"You know, as physicians, we have decades of training on human anatomy and where to inject and where not to inject," a Texas-based physician told the news provider.
He added that unlicensed individuals injecting patients with Botox or silicone are dangerous and the illicit procedures can cause serious infections.
According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, more than 2.4 million people had Botox injections in 2010, making it the most popular non-surgical cosmetic procedure.
The drug was the first neurotoxin to be approved for cosmetic use in the U.S. and works by temporarily weakening or paralyzing the muscles that cause wrinkles.
While there are several options available when it comes to injectable treatments, it may be best to speak with a board-certified plastic surgeon to discuss your areas of concern, and to hear the options they suggest before making a decision.
The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), is recognized as the world’s leading organization devoted entirely to aesthetic plastic surgery and cosmetic medicine of the face and body. ASAPS is comprised of over 2,600 Plastic Surgeons; active members are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (USA) or by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and have extensive training in the complete spectrum of surgical and non-surgical aesthetic procedures. International active members are certified by equivalent boards of their respective countries. All members worldwide adhere to a strict Code of Ethics and must meet stringent membership requirements.
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