Illegal practices in Lausanne beauty salons

Vaud public prosecutors have launched a criminal case against the operator of a beauty center in the Lausanne region, who carried out operations illegally with non-compliant products purchased online. This is not an isolated case. Authorities are calling for caution.

On January 25, a search was conducted for a criminal case in a beauty center in the Lausanne region, Vaud’s cantonal police announced on Monday. The operator, a 36-year-old Swiss woman, was suspected of using medical products and equipment without having the necessary professional qualifications.

This operation was carried out by four inspectors from Vaud’s security police under the command of the prosecutor in charge of the investigation, who personally intervened on the spot in the company of the deputy cantonal pharmacist. It made it possible to seize a large number of products, medical equipment and laser equipment, mostly purchased on online sales sites, “which clearly did not meet the legal requirements”.

The beauty salon’s operator did not meet the conditions for her to be able to perform aesthetic treatments using the seized products, appliances and appliances, police add. She was released after her hearing. The sequestered material was sent to the cantonal physician’s office for further control. The investigation continues under the responsibility of the prosecutor responsible for the investigation.

Dangerous injections

According to the Department of Public Health and Social Action (DSAS), which communicated separately in the process, the company in question had been the subject of reports regarding injections of Botox and hyaluronic acid. These two products are used to tighten the skin, primarily on the face. They must be administered by qualified professionals, as explained by Karim Boubaker, a cantonal physician from Vaud.

The cantonal doctor therefore encourages patients to find out if the person performing the injection is well qualified to do so.

A beauty clinic’s only option to offer injections is therefore to consult with a doctor, who is especially responsible for checking the origin of the product and the clinic’s hygiene conditions. And Karim Boubaker reminds of the risks if the person responsible for the injection is not qualified.

Poorly performed injections of hyaluronic acid can clog the small vessels that nourish the skin and cause severe necrosis, and in some cases lead to hospitalization, DSAS describes. The hygiene measures necessary for this type of administration are also important and the risk of infection is not insignificant if the measures are not complied with.

Product quality is also an issue. “Cheap” delivery of hyaluronic acid is most often done with counterfeit products ordered cheaply from Asia, DSAS informs. Injectable products based on hyaluronic acid intended for anti-wrinkle treatments may only be marketed and used in Switzerland if they have been subjected to a conformity assessment procedure and have a CE certificate.

DSAS does not specify the risks associated with Botox. However, it indicates that this drug should only be injected by medical specialists with the relevant qualifications.

Other reports

In its press release, the department writes that “several” aesthetic centers that “promote” these products have been the subject of recent reports. “Two other investigations were opened last year for the same kind of practice,” Jean-Christophe Sauterel, communications chief at the cantonal police, told Keystone-ATS.

The prevalence of these cases and the concerns of the medical community have prompted communication and an appeal for vigilance, adds Jean-Christophe Sauterel. The Canton Medical Office urges those wishing to be injected with Botox or hyaluronic acid to check that the persons offering these procedures are authorized to do so.

This article has been published automatically. Source: ats

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