Illegal Botox and lip injections: Owner of a spa in Clifton must pay a $10,000 fine and is barred from opening a business, says the attorney general

Acting on a tip from the public, an investigation revealed that Rasha Abdul N. Basuf, the former owner of the now-closed Skyn ​​Spa on Lakeview Avenue in Clifton, was unlawfully providing cosmetic services without the required professional license, Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin and the Consumer Financial Protection Agency announced Wednesday, July 10.

Between March and December 2023, Basuf – who is neither a licensed esthetician nor a medical doctor – and her salon also provided services beyond those permitted by the salon’s license as a specialty skin care store and provided services that may only be provided by licensed medical professionals, Platkin said.

These services include Botox and dermal filler injections, body contouring, laser hair removal, teeth whitening, permanent makeup, microblading, microneedling and platelet-rich plasma facials (also known as “vampire facials”), Platkin said.

The findings underscore the dangerous risks associated with so-called “med spas,” which offer aesthetic medical treatments in the context of a day spa, Platkin said.

“No matter how elegant or professional a ‘med spa’ may look, without proper supervision and instruction from licensed, authorized medical personnel, clients may be exposed to dangerous treatments that can have serious long-term consequences,” Platkin said. “As the med spa industry continues to grow and evolve, we will continue to investigate and hold accountable individuals who provide aesthetic services for which they are neither licensed nor qualified.”

The public is urged to thoroughly check the professional qualifications of therapists before undergoing invasive beauty treatments, especially if the treatments are offered at discounted or club prices, said Cari Fais, acting director of the Department of Consumer Affairs.

“If you suspect someone is providing medical or cosmetic services without a license, please let us know,” Fais said. “As the action announced today shows, a single tip-off can help us stop illegal activities that pose a serious threat to the public.”

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