POSTED: Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 4:39pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 8:02am
HIDALGO COUNTY, TEXAS (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — Graciela Leon is facing a charge of practicing medicine without a license causing physical harm. Investigators say she ran a spa in Mission named "By Grace."
Leon has confessed to accepting money from Nohemi Gonzalez to use the spa for fake botox or collagen injections. Two weeks prior, Gonzalez confessed to posing as a fake doctor and injecting her clients with silicone and saying it's collagen.
Leon is also facing a $75,000 bond.
"If she had done this herself, it would've been a lot higher," said Judge Homer Jasso. "It would've been a $500,000 bond. Although she didn't do it, the defendant had been using her facility to inject those shots."
Judge Jasso says Leon has been allowing the practice for about eight years and up to a hundred clients had come to seek treatment. Investigators say Gonzalez had advertised at the spa, offering collagen shots for $250. These kinds of procedures trouble Dr. Filiberto Rodriguez, a surgeon at RGV Cosmetic in Edinburg.
"People have been going to Mexico to get injected with collagen, collagen is not FDA approved for injections in the United States," Rodriguez said. "So that already tells you it's a big red flag. Once you hear that, it's probably industrial grade silicon that they're using."
Nowadays, Dr. Rodriguez is getting clients asking to fix the problems unlicensed doctors are causing.