‘This does not feel safe’: Inspectors Shut Down Plastic Surgery Clinics

Posted By American Med Spa Association, Tuesday, May 24, 2022

A new body-worn camera video obtained by Local 10 News shows the moments inspectors with the city of Doral had to shut down a cosmetic surgery clinic in early March.

“You’re operating without a certificate of use and occupancy. I have to shut you down. I am obligated to shut this down,” the city’s building official told the owner of Miami Aesthetic Center by phone. Inspectors went to the facility after sources tell Local 10 the city received a tip and found the entire facility renovated without permits, fire inspections, or licenses to even operate as a business.

Patients waiting on procedures inside the clinic located at 2001 NW 107th Ave. were ordered to evacuate, some of them in various stages of anesthesia.

Inspectors said the latest discovery followed a pattern of permit violations and ordered the business shut, declaring the building unsafe.

Body-worn camera video showed the attorney representing the clinic Carmen Gallardo days later telling the building official, “We must have more than forty medical offices and this is the first time we have had a problem with this.”

The building official explained, “When you open to the public, their assumption, the common person thinks this is already good to go, that I’m going to be in a safe, sanitary building, etc. And we don’t have that conditions.”

Local 10 learned this was not the only clinic with the same legal representation abruptly shut down by city inspectors. Both Prestige Aesthetic Center and Unique Aesthetics, located on Northwest 12th Street were closed for similar violations.

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