Florida, U.S. – A Florida woman has been hospitalized for over a month after receiving facial injections from an improperly licensed salon owner, police say.
Edna Viviana Ayala, the 39-year-old owner of Viviana’s Body Secrets Spa in Doral, has been arrested after allegedly injecting Isabel Gonzalez with a substance that left her face infected and deformed.
Gonzalez reportedly paid $890 for two rounds of what she believed were vitamin treatments.
About five days after the second round of injections, Gonzalez began to experience swelling, itching, redness and infection. Ayala initially helped Gonzales seek medical attention, but soon began avoiding her client and stopped returning her calls.
Gonzalez’s condition continued to worsen and she checked herself into an emergency room. She has been hospitalized since then.
Officials soon learned that Ayala was not licensed to perform the injection, which is considered a medical procedure. She was arrested on charges of aggravated battery, practicing medicine without a license, practicing massage without a license and causing serious injury by practicing as a health care professional without a license.
Ayala’s attorney maintains that the salon owner never injected Gonzales with anything at all.