Plastic Surgery - What the Public Needs to Know to Protect Themselves from Illegal Operators

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A recent Sun-Sentinel article discusses the potential dangers of receiving plastic surgery treatments from unlicensed practitioners. Dr. Simon Ourian of Epione Beverly Hills says the public needs to be protected from unscrupulous operators and existing laws against the unlicensed practice of medicine need to be enforced.

Dr. Simon Ourian Performs Botox Injection

Dr. Simon Ourian Performs Botox Injection

According to a June 20, 2013 South Florida Sun-Sentinel article, titled “Highland Beach Woman Jailed Again for Practicing Medicine,” Boca Raton police recently went undercover and arrested a Florida woman on charges of practicing medicine without a license for a second time. The woman presented herself as a nurse licensed to inject Botox (Go to

“Everyone loves a great deal,” says Dr. Simon Ourian. “Price, however, should not be the most important factor. Instead, it is imperative to evaluate a physician based on their results, experience, and references. Always remember that if a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is.”

According to the article, the initial draw to the illicit operation was its "discounted" prices. In fact, it was a client responding to a fantastic Groupon ad that eventually ended the scheme. The Palm Beach County’s Sheriff’s office was tipped off by a woman who responded to a Groupon ad for a skin tightening treatment. The unlicensed operator convinced the woman to forego the $149 skin tightening offer for an $800 Botox procedure. At the suggestion of a relative, the woman investigated the unlicensed operator online where she discovered that the unlicensed operator had been arrested last July for practicing medicine without a license.

“At the first sign of suspicious activity from anyone claiming to be a licensed practitioner, it is important to call the police,” says Dr. Ourian. “Safety should always be a top priority when searching for any surgical or cosmetic procedure -- no matter how small. A procedure as seemingly simple as a Botox injection can cause substantial damage if not done correctly.”

Dr. Ourian has been a pioneer in laser technology and non-invasive aesthetic procedures including Restylane, Juvéderm, Radiesse and Sculptra. These treatments are used for the correction or reversal of a variety of conditions such as acne, acne scars, skin discoloration, wrinkles, stretch marks, varicose veins, cellulite, and others. More information about plastic surgery safety can be found on Epione’s website.

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