WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (WPEC) — A man was arrested in West Palm Beach, Fla. after police say he injected patients in the face without a license.
A woman told the Department of Health and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office she had clumping, bruising, and even trouble speaking after she was injected with multiple facial fillers by 50-year-old Alexander Gonzalez.
The woman told investigators she agreed to do public relations for Gonzalez in exchange for different injectable procedures.
Gonzalez told her he had been working in the field for 20 years so she assumed he was licensed.
According to the sheriff's office, he was not.
Timothy O’Connor with the Palm Beach County Health Department said you can find out if the doctor you’re seeing or planning to see is licensed just by going online.
“They can very easily go to Flhealth.gov and there’s a link that will take you right to medical quality assurance and you can look up every practitioner in the state,” said O’Connor.
O’Connor said you can always ask the doctor to see their license as well.
The woman told investigators during one visit Gonzalez injected her in her forehead, around her eyes, and upper lip. She said she suffered severe bruising and even had trouble speaking after the injections.
She said Gonzalez told her his unmarked office along North Flagler Drive wasn’t officially open yet, and she never witnessed any other staff at that building.
O’Connor said there are often signs to get out.
“They’re seeing patients in a garage, in a neighborhood, you know they might have just an unmarked storefront in a strip mall for example,” said O’Connor. He said if service prices are too good to be true they probably are.
The office Gonzalez leased has a Confirmation of Execution Writ of Possession for Dermalife USA on the front door from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.
Dermalife USA did not return any calls for comment Tuesday.
Florida Health Department records show someone with the very same name, Alexander Elliot Gonzalez, was given a cease and desist notice in October of 2014 in Kissimmee for unlicensed practice as a medical doctor.
Visit the health department's website to check whether your doctor has a license or to report unlicensed activity and fraud. Or, call 877-425-8852.