Having cosmetic procedures by licensed practitioners is important, as unapproved administers of treatments can cause problems for their patients. Spa owner Barbara Nieto is finding out the consequences of this, as cosmetic treatments she conducted ended up giving one of her patients a life-threatening septic infection.
Plastic Surgery News is reporting that Nieto, owner of a spa in Queens, offered customers butt augmentation and liposuction for $500. Patient Augusta Velez-Jimenez underwent the procedures in March 2010 and was hospitalized with the septic infection.
Nieto pled guilty to charges of unauthorized practice of a profession and second-degree assault. She was sentenced to two years in prison and faces $180,000 in fines to be paid out in restitution to her victims.
The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) urges patients to make certain that the surgeon doing their cosmetic treatment is board-certified by the organization. ASPAS members have the training and experience for conducting secure and successful procedures. Patients should also talk with their doctors about possible side effects and risks to avoid any surprises while in recovery.
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