NEW YORK, May 7 (UPI) — Unlicensed, non-medical providers for cosmetic surgery or body enhancement procedures can cause disfigurement and death, New York City health officials warn.
“People who undergo these unlicensed procedures are risking their lives,” Dr. Nathan Graber, director of the city health department’s environmental and occupational disease program, said in a statement.
“We urge people to talk to a licensed healthcare provider about where to go for safe procedures.”
The health department has investigated several complaints involving illegal medical practices in recent months including eight women, who were infected with the bacterium Nocardia, after receiving injections of unknown substances from unlicensed practitioners and a woman got an infection after undergoing liposuction by a salon operator without a medical license. The health department also found people injected with foreign substances, such as silicone or polymethyl methacrylate to modify body shape and contour, while others were injected with chemicals to dissolve fat.
Unlicensed providers promote their procedures as cheap alternatives to cosmetic surgery by licensed professionals in their homes or offices that lack adequate infection control.
These procedures are not safe and can pose serious health risks, Graber said.
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