The Police and the Department of Health jointly took a proactive enforcement action and today (29th) dispatched undercover agents disguised as customers to collect evidence at a beauty salon at Wu Shesang Hong & Company, 655 Nathan Road, Mong Kok, and raided the beauty salon and seized a large number of botulinum toxin (commonly known as Botox) and other "beauty needles", as well as other drugs under legal supervision including antibiotics and poisons. Police believe that the beauty salon has been in operation for at least two years and that at least 700 to 800 customers have visited the "beauty injections" in the past year alone.
Superintendent Chung Al-lun of the Crime Wing of Kowloon West said that in view of the medical incidents that occurred after botulinum toxin injections by members of the public earlier, the Kowloon West Regional Crime Unit and the Department of Health (DH) took a proactive enforcement action, a laser machine, and a series of documents suspected to be fake doctors for the purchase of drugs. Upon examination, DH officers confirmed that all the botulinum toxin and other drugs seized were poisons controlled under the Pharmacy Ordinance and the injections should be administered by registered medical practitioners.
After investigation, the police arrested the 36-year-old woman surnamed Wu and the 34-year-old female staff member surnamed Chen. Chung said that it is believed that both of them impersonated doctors to inject various "beauty needles" including botulinum toxin for customers. Among the exhibits seized by the police were "certificates" with the words "The University of Hong Kong" and "Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS") written on them.
According to sources, the two arrested women did not have any medical-related backgrounds, and when some received customers, they would vaguely claim that they "had a doctor", and hung up forged medical certificates in the store, and placed some bear dolls with university logos and medical leaflets, etc., in an attempt to shape the beauty salon into a compliant clinic. A Facebook page with a similar name to the beauty salon involved in the case had posted that it was possible to inject customers with Botox "facial slimming injections" and that it was "operated by a registered medical practitioner in Hong Kong".
As for the large number of antibiotics found in the store, Chung Alan said that it was believed that it was because some customers would experience redness, swelling or other symptoms after receiving the injections, so the beauty salon deliberately distributed antibiotics to them in an attempt to reduce the symptoms, hoping that customers would not seek medical treatment in public hospitals, so as to avoid the address of the beauty salon being revealed.
It is learnt that the Police have not received any reports of distress from members of the public who feel unwell after receiving injections at the beauty salon. According to the customer records seized by the police in the store, it is believed that 700 to 800 customers of the beauty salon involved had visited the "beauty injections" in the past year, and the police will contact them one by one to assist in the investigation, including finding out whether they have any discomfort after the injections.
Earlier, at least 19 women went to the beauty parlour "Nu Yue Medical Aesthetics" and were suspected to be infected with Mycobacterium abscesses after the fat reduction injection, claiming that they had rashes, lumps and abscesses after fat reduction injections. Chung said that there was no evidence to show that the case was related to the case.
The Department of Health (DH) has pointed out that any injection procedure should only be performed by a local registered medical practitioner, and members of the public should check with the clinic and stop the treatment immediately if in doubt, so as not to pose any danger to the body. If you have any symptoms such as fever or malaise after the injection, you should seek medical advice immediately. Members of the public are also advised to check the full names of doctors, the list of medical councils registered doctors, and their professional qualifications and qualifications.
Under Hong Kong law, the maximum penalty upon conviction for practicing medicine without a licence is three years' imprisonment and the maximum penalty for using false instruments is 3 years' imprisonment.