Everyone wants to save money, but choosing to have Botox or other injectable fillers given by someone offering discounted rates is often dangerous. Qualified facial plastic surgeons receive training that ensures your safety. Before undergoing injections of facial fillers, research your doctor thoroughly. Not every doctor runs a safe practice. There are also cases where the “doctor” is not truly a doctor at all.
Scary Cases Involving Injectable Fillers
In 2011 and 2013, Maria Teran of Houston, Texas, was charged with practicing medicine without a license. Some of the woman’s patients became ill after receiving injectable fillers. One woman ended up seeing another doctor who discovered the injections the woman received in the buttocks contained a toxic substance. Despite being charged for practicing medicine without a license on three separate occasions, Ms. Teran continued to run her clinic.
A Miami woman died after receiving injections by a man claiming to be a doctor from Venezuela. The woman went to Cuerpos Health and Aesthetics seeking injectable fillers in her buttocks. The owner of the clinic has not been charged, though she refused to provide information on the doctor she employed. It is believed that the doctor in question fled the United States.
In Philadelphia, Paige Winslow injected illegal fillers into the buttocks of a 20-year-old patient. That patient died from a pulmonary embolism caused by the injections. After a second patient was hospitalized after filler traveled through her blood stream to the lungs, Winslow was arrested at a home where she was about to hold a “pumping party.” Winslow is being charged with murder.
Reporters at KRNV in Reno, Nevada, went undercover in May 2013 to expose a woman by the name of Sandra Rennert who was illegally giving Botox injections to patients. Rennert offered to inject the station’s producer for half the cost of a licensed plastic surgeon. The Nevada State Medical Board said they can only regulate licensed physicians, and that the police are responsible for cracking down on men and women offering illegal Botox injections.
Always Check Credentials
Don’t risk your health in order to save some money. Read more tips on finding the right doctor for your procedure at The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
Never undergo any non-invasive injectable fillers without thoroughly checking the doctor’s credentials. You can call your state’s medical board to ask for recommendations or check board certification online at https://www.certificationmatters.org/is-your-doctor-board-certified/search-now.aspx.
Dr. Jessica Kulak of The Naderi Center in Virginia is a board certified facial plastic surgeon specializing in Botox and other fillers. She completed her facial plastic surgery training with a former president of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. She also underwent five years of specialized training in head and neck surgeries in the University of Miami’s hospital. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Kulak, call (703) 481-0002.