According to a recent report from KTNV-TV in Nevada, a 55 year old woman from Flushing, Queens was arrested for performing an illegal cosmetic procedure in a Las Vegas home. Jing Qu—who is unlicensed to practice medicine in New Yorkor Nevada—was allegedly caught in the act of performing eyelid surgery in a “makeshift operating room.” When a neighbor grew frustrated with cars blocking his driveway, all it took was a knock at the door to reveal the illegal medical practice.
Qu, who is presumed innocent until proven guilty, currently faces two counts of practicing medicine without a license. Thankfully, the patient she was operating on was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Police are encouraging any other potential victims to come forward with information about Qu’s supposed illegal practice.
Finding the Right Cosmetic Surgeon
This shocking bit of news brings to light the importance of seeking out a qualified, experienced plastic surgeon. While we all know not to patronize an illegal, unlicensed practitioner, there are certain things that every patient should consider before choosing a cosmetic surgeon.
First and foremost is ensuring that the plastic surgeon is Board-Certified. Never be shy about asking for credentials. It’s your right to know. Second, and equally important, is assessing the surgeon’s experience. Before & After pictures can give you a sense of the surgeon’s past work. Although there are other factors to consider, these seemingly simple first steps can mean the difference between choosing a qualified, experienced surgeon, and choosing someone who simply can’t deliver the results you want.