Fake doctor allegedly gave silicone injections to patients
Another doctor performing unsafe plastic surgery procedures has struck again.
Nohemi Gabriela Gonzalez has been charged with practicing medicine without a license after authorities found that the 45-year-old woman was administering silicone injections to patients seeking Botox and buttocks treatment at her home in Edinburg, Texas, Reuters reported. Gonzalez faces up to 10 years in prison, as well as fines amounting to $10,000.
Gonzalez performed her illicit procedures along the US-Mexico border, where she targeted people who were in the US illegally, the Hidalgo County sheriff told the news source. He added that the department was alerted to the undercover plastic surgery ring when a woman was admitted to a local hospital with silicone in her legs. The woman - who almost lost her legs due to the injections - told authorities that she first traveled to Mexico to see a doctor about the burning in her ankles.
Despite being banned by the Federal Drug Administration since 1991, liquid silicone injections are widespread among back-alley, fake "plastic surgeons" throughout the US. The illegal injections are marketed as a cheaper alternative to standard Botox injections or other cosmetic surgery procedures, such as buttocks enhancement, according to a recent report from The Los Angeles Times. The news source stated that there have been more than a dozen deaths due to illegal silicone injections to the buttocks since 2002.