The Dangers of Unlicensed Illegal Med Spas: the Bea Amma story

Bea Amma shares her experience at an unlicensed medical spa in California where she received illegal and dangerous treatments. She was injected with a combination of B12 and deoxycholic acid, which is a fat dissolver, all over her body. After the injections, she experienced severe symptoms, including fever, nodules under her skin, and open flesh wounds. She was diagnosed with a mycobacterium infection and spent over three months in the hospital. The person who performed the injections was practicing medicine illegally and had no medical knowledge or qualifications. Despite media coverage and complaints to the authorities, no legal action has been taken against the person responsible. The conversation highlights the lack of enforcement in the aesthetics industry, leading to illegal and unsafe practices. It discusses the importance of having a medical director attached to a med spa and the need for proper credentials and qualifications for practitioners. The conversation also emphasizes the need for consumers to ask the right questions and do thorough research before undergoing any cosmetic procedures.

Beyond Skin Deep with Bea

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  • Beware of dangerous medical treatments at unlicensed facilities.
  • Research and ask questions about the qualifications and credentials of the person performing the treatments.
  • Illegal and dangerous treatments can have severe and long-lasting consequences.
  • Report any illegal medical practices to the appropriate authorities.
  • Lack of insurance coverage can make it difficult to seek legal recourse in cases of medical malpractice. The aesthetics industry lacks proper regulation and enforcement, leading to illegal and unsafe practices.
  • Having a medical director attached to a med spa is crucial for ensuring safety and proper practices.
  • Consumers need to ask the right questions and do thorough research before undergoing any cosmetic procedures.


00:00 Introduction and Background
05:04 Symptoms and Hospitalization
21:08 Investigation and Lack of Consequences
31:30 Legal Challenges and Lack of Insurance
35:10 Stricter Regulations and Enforcement: Protecting Consumers from Fraudulent Practices
38:52 The Issue of Cosmetic Surgeons Operating Without Proper Credentials
40:34 The Dangers of Unqualified Practitioners and Illegal Practices
43:55 The Consequences of Unregulated IV Drip Clinics
57:13 Living with the Consequences and Spreading Awareness
01:00:30 Closing Thoughts: Taking a Pause and Doing Research

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