Spa in Clifton, NJ must pay fine for operating without a license

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The companies are advertised as “med spas” and offer a range of anti-aging treatments, including injections of Botox, blood or other substances to reduce wrinkles and improve skin tone.

The problem is that in New Jersey you need a doctor’s license to do this. And some providers don’t have one.

On Wednesday, authorities announced the latest action in a crackdown on these businesses. The owner of a Passaic County spa agreed to pay a $10,000 fine and accept a 10-year ban on operating a spa specializing in skin care in New Jersey, said Attorney General Matthew Platkin.

Rasha Abdul Basuf, owner of the now-closed Skyn ​​Spa in Clifton, offered services that either require a cosmetology license or can only be performed by licensed medical professionals, authorities said. These include Botox and dermal filler injections, body contouring, laser hair removal, teeth whitening, permanent makeup, microblading and microneedling.

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They also performed “vampire facials,” in which blood is drawn from the client, platelets are isolated, and the blood is then injected back into the client, often in the face.

“No matter how elegant or professional a ‘med spa’ may appear, without proper supervision and guidance from licensed, authorized medical personnel, consumers may be exposed to dangerous treatments that could have serious long-term consequences,” Platkin said in a statement.

Microblading and microneedling

Basuf, who could not immediately be reached for comment, told state investigators last year that the microblading and microneedling treatments were performed by a nurse named “Lenora,” but could not provide contact information or qualifications when asked. Investigators said they saw pharmaceuticals and medical supplies at the spa, including disposable syringes.

The spa was eventually closed in February. It is one of several in New Jersey that have been targeted by investigators. Among them:

  • Carolina Nunez Skincare in Union agreed in October to pay a $22,500 civil penalty to resolve allegations that the company provided services without a license.
  • Marysol’s Beauty Works in Union Township was fined $17,650 in June 2023 for practicing without a license.
  • Katica Body Contour salon in Elizabeth agreed to pay $20,000 in fines imposed by the state’s cosmetology board, medical association and massage association to resolve allegations that it was offered services beyond the scope of its professional licenses.

“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 not licensed or qualified,” Platkin said.