On Monday, police arrested two sisters, Alejandra and Guadalupe Viveros, and charged them with practicing medicine without a license. They were running a business out of their home in Los Angeles. Guadalupe Viveros states that she is a Mexican doctor but she has no license to practice in the U.S.

Police received several complaints about these two women and are conducting further investigations which may lead to more charges. The sisters were giving people facial fillers of some kind, but the substance they were using has not yet been identified. There are many brands of facial filler and all are designed to plump up wrinkled areas to give them a smoother and more youthful appearance.

Some of the people who went to the women’s home for cosmetic surgery treatments later complained that they had become infected. Others complained that the gel-like substance injected into them hardened into a plastic lump beneath the skin. Police do not yet know if these patients knew what was being injected into them or if they were told that it was something like collagen.

Collagen injections have mostly been discontinued by legitimate cosmetic surgeons. Instead, more effective fillers are used such as Radiesse and Restylane. Dr. Rai offers both of these fillers, as well as Sculptra and several others.

The moral of this news story is that you should always check a cosmetic surgeon’s credentials before accepting any treatment. The overwhelming majority of cosmetic surgeons are legitimate – fully trained, board-certified, and members of professional organizations. You can read about Dr. Rai on the Training and Credentials page.

But occasionally somebody tries to present themselves as being more qualified than they are and if you trust them with your body and your physical appearance, you could regret it later.

If you would like to meet Dr. Rai and learn more about facial fillers or any other cosmetic procedures we offer, please contact us today. We serve the Dallas, Texas area and hope to be working with you shortly.