Authorities raided a Doral beauty spa and arrested its owner Thursday after the facial rejuvenation treatment she gave a woman caused her face to become swollen and infected, police said.
The Miami-Dade Health Department raided Viviana’s Body Secrets Spa at 10200 NW 25th St. and shut down the business.
The victim, Isabel Gonzalez, said Edna Viviana Ayala gave her vitamin injections that were supposed to make her face more radiant, but instead deformed her, a Doral Police report said.
Gonzalez, of East Fort Lauderdale, said that she paid $890 for the injections in between her eyebrows, on the corners of her lips and on both sides of her lower chin. She received them on about July 1, the report said.
When Gonzalez did not notice any changes in her appearance 12 days later, she called Ayala, who gave her another round of injections with a thicker needle five days later, according to the report.
Redness, swelling, itching and infection followed. Ayala brought medications to Gonzalez’s house, and also brought her to a doctor for treatment, the report said.
But Ayala, 38, eventually stopped answering Gonzalez’s calls or returning her messages, and in August Gonzalez went to the emergency room of Broward General Medical Center, where she will remain until the infections are healed, according to police.
Ayala went inside her home when a NBC 6 South Florida reporter approached her on Thursday.
Her attorney denied she injected Gonzalez with anything.
"At no time did Ms. Ayala ever use or inject any substance whatsoever, including vitamins into Ms. Gonzalez," Milena Abreu said in a statement.
Ayala faces 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, according to online Miami-Dade Corrections records.
She was released from jail early Friday after posting $21,000 bond, records showed.