Underground Treatments


Posted on March 6th, by staff in Skincare, Treatments. No Comments

Underground Treatments

Would you get a nose job or Botox from a non-medical person working out of their home? Originally published in The Ottawa Citizen, here’s a breaking news story that exemplifies why the cosmetic enhancement industry is seen as the wild west of medicine.

The body that oversees Ontario’s doctors will be in a Toronto courtroom this morning in an attempt to stop an Ottawa clinic operator from performing medical acts.

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario is seeking an injunction from province’s Superior Court to prevent Eve Stewart, owner of Eve’s Laser Clinic, from performing controlled acts at her clinic. Stewart is not a doctor.

Stewart, who operates a laser clinic out of her Nepean home, performed a rhinoplasty on a client last month, after telling her she could fix an earlier botched nose job. That client, who originally went to Eve’s clinic for Botox treatments, told investigators she was traumatized by the experience. Her visit to an Ottawa walk-in clinic seeking antibiotics after the procedure raised flags about what was going on at Eve’s clinic.

Another former client said she was drunk when Stewart injected fillers into her mouth last summer and that she has permanent, disfiguring bumps, according to an affidavit from a college investigator filed with the court. A third client, a nurse who underwent a mini facelift at the clinic, described Stewart injecting freezing into her face and administering stitches. The former clients testimonies were part of court documents filed by the college in support of their request for an injunction against Stewart.

Stewart’s clinic became the focus of heightened concern by health officials after she performed the rhinoplasty, but she has long been on the radar of officials at the College, at Health Canada and Ottawa Public Health.

Ottawa Public Health visited her clinic numerous times and eventually gave her a certificate of best practices when it comes to sterilization. While there, though, inspectors noted that she had prescriptions and was refusing to divulge the name of the physician who prescribed them

Health Canada also investigated her clinic and eventually ordered her to stop administering and selling Botox, which she did not. The college also undertook a sting operation at the clinic and ordered her to stop administering Botox and other injectables.

The case has raised concerns about the ability of regulatory bodies to control non-physicians performing medical procedures and also about the lack of communication among health regulatory bodies.

Stewart maintains her clinic is clean and she is qualified to perform the procedures she does. The college, she told the Citizen, wants to shut her down because she is not a doctor and does not pay fees. “It’s all about money,” she said.

For more on this story, visit to watch Eve Stewart answer to a reporter. 

Eve Stewart, cbc

 





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