Unlicensed practitioner barred from offering botox at Metro Vancouver clinic

Mar 25 2019, 11:05 pm

An unlicensed practitioner in Burnaby has officially been ordered to stop offering or providing Botox to patients, after the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British (CPSBC) Columbia was granted an injunction by the BC Supreme Court.

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The injunction states that Kamran Asgari, who is the owner of Ideal Skin Laser and Wellness Inc, “must not provide advice regarding the administration of botulinum toxin (Botox)in any manner.”

This includes advising on appropriate dosage and injection sites, risks or benefits of botulinum toxin procedures, and proper aftercare and expected recovery process.

Asgari is also barred from administering the botox himself, or identifying himself out as someone who is qualified to perform the procedure.

“There is no assurance that the practitioner is competent or qualified to provide treatment, or that the material and equipment used are safe,” the CPSBC said in a statement.

Further, the injunction states that Asgari must not “hold himself out as a physician in any way.” This includes the use of any “name, title, description, or abbreviation of any name or title” that could express or might imply that he is licensed to practices in BC.

“Receiving a medical service such as injections from an unlicensed practitioner is risky and has the potential for complications, including reaction to agents, infections, or greater harm due to human error,”  the CPSBC said in a statement.

The CPSBC also advises anyone who is or has been treated by an unlicensed practitioner to consult with their family physician to review the treatment/procedure received and the materials used in performing the procedure.

Patients who wish to verify the credentials and to ensure a physician is registered with the College can do so on the CPSBC’s website.