Why a Day Spa Visit Can Lead to Months of Misery

By David Macaulay, Veritas Legal Media

Spending a few hours at a day spa may seem like a relaxing way to unwind but recent lawsuits have revealed a your day out may lead to months if not years of misery.

Although accidents at day spas remain rare, a rapid growth in both the number of day spas and the range of treatments available has increased the risk factor.


In a disturbing recent case in Florida Edna Viviana Ayala, the 39-year-old owner of a day spa, the Viviana’s Body Secrets Spa in Doral, was arrested after allegedly inject­ing customer Isabel Gon­za­lez with a sub­stance that left her face badly infected and deformed, the Huff­in­g­ton Post reported.

The report suggested Gon­za­lez paid $890 to the beau­ti­cian for two rounds of what she thought were vit­a­min treatments.

What happened to Gonzalez demonstrated that just because a treatment is high end doesn’t mean it’s safe.

Just a week after the second round of treatments, Gon­za­lez started to realize all was not well. Her symptoms included itch­ing, swelling, red­ness and infection.

Soon her con­di­tion became so grave she was admit­ted into an emer­gency room. Her face ended up badly deformed.

The Huff­in­g­ton Post reported public safety offi­cials later learned that Ayala was not licensed to per­form the injec­tion, which is con­sid­ered to be a med­ical pro­ce­dure. She was arrested last week on charges of aggra­vated bat­tery, prac­tic­ing med­i­cine with­out a license and caus­ing seri­ous injury by prac­tic­ing as a health care pro­fes­sional with­out a license. Her attorney insists the day spa did not inject Gonzales with anything.

Although this may seem like an extreme case, it illustrates the potential problems in the fast-growing day spa sector.

Although day care staff may wear white coats and look professional, it does not mean they are medically qualified. While this may not be a problem in the case of a facial, a manicure or a pedicure, more day cares are offering invasive treatments that may be considered medical procedures.

One of the best ways to safe­guard your­self at the spa is to make sure you are receiv­ing ser­vices from a licensed and cer­ti­fied indi­vid­ual. Check out his or her medical credentials before your visit.

You should also check a provider for any public health violations. A report published in 2004 sug­gested that more than half of all pub­lic hot tub spas in the U.S. had recorded a public health violation. Of about 5,000 spas inspected, 57 per­cent vio­lated at least one safety vio­la­tion. Poor water qual­ity was the most com­mon rea­son for a violation.

Notwithstanding the recession there has been a rapid growth in day spas in the United States. As of 2008 there were about 21,300 day spas and the number of providers has grown at an annual rate of 21 per­cent in the last five years.

If you receive a serious injury at a day spa you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney.

Contact David Macaulay at veritaslegalmedia@hotmail.com


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