New Jersey spa owner banned for 10 years and fined $10,000 after illegal practices: AG

The owner of a now-closed Passaic County med spa has agreed to pay a fine to settle allegations of illegal beauty treatments, officials said.

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CLIFTON, NJ — The owner of a now-closed med spa has agreed to accept a 10-year ban from doing business in New Jersey to settle allegations that she illegally performed invasive aesthetic procedures.

In a settlement, Rasha Abdul N. Basuf also agreed to pay a total of $10,000 in civil penalties: $7,500 to the state medical board and $2,500 to the state cosmetology board.

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Officials alleged that between March and December 2023, employees at the Skyn ​​Spa in Clifton performed unlicensed treatments, including Botox and dermal filler injections, body contouring and platelet-rich plasma injections, also known as “vampire facials.”

According to the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office, the government began investigating Basuf-owned Skyn ​​Spa last year based on a public tip.

According to official information, Basuf is not a licensed beautician or doctor and her salon does not have a business license from the state cosmetics association.

Basuf told law enforcement officers that her business performed a variety of treatments, including teeth whitening, body contouring, laser hair removal, eyelash extensions, conventional and permanent makeup, and skin care therapies, officials said.

During a visit to the store last March, investigators from the Consumer Product Safety Agency noticed drugs, medical equipment and other supplies that suggested more invasive treatments were being offered there, Attorney General Matthew Platkin said.

Investigators told Basuf that the Skyn ​​Spa “could not remain open while offering unlicensed services, including those that required a medical license to perform,” according to the Attorney General’s Office.

The following month, Skyn ​​Spa applied for a skin care specialty store license and inspectors found that medical equipment and supplies had been removed from the premises, according to authorities.

The Cosmetology Board issued a shop license in June allowing waxing, eyelash extensions, traditional makeup and facials.

“However, when investigators conducted a follow-up inspection of the salon in December 2023, they discovered evidence that Basuf and Skyn ​​Spa were again offering and performing services outside the salon’s approved scope as a skin care specialty business, including services that require other professional licenses,” the attorney general’s office said. The medical equipment and supplies were also returned, officials added.

In February 2024, Skyn ​​Spa began the process of dissolving its business and surrendered its specialty skin care license a month later, the Attorney General’s Office said.

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

You can view the final settlement decision here.