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Saturday, December 8, 2018

Death by Cosmetic Butt-Lift

     A woman who advertised "vampire face-lifts" and other cosmetic procedures she wasn't licensed to perform was arrested after a suspicious death at a southern California beauty salon….Licensed message therapist Sandra Gonzales, 45, remained jailed on $10,000 bail Thursday, February 13, 2014 on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance. She was under investigation by homicide detectives with assistance from the California Medical Board and the Los Angeles County coroner's office….

     Hamilet Suarez, 36, was getting cosmetic injections on February 12, 2014 at Areli's Barber Shop and Beauty Salon where Gonzales rents a room when she went into cardiac arrest….Paramedics arrived and took her to a hospital, where she was later declared dead…..

     Investigators at the salon found medical equipment and controlled substances used for cosmetic procedures that Gonzales was advertising but not licensed to perform….They included "butt augmentation," "lip augmentation," and "vampire face-lifts," where a gel-like substance derived from the patient's own blood is injected to reduce wrinkles….

     [In September 2017, Gonzales pleaded no contest to involuntary manslaughter in connection with the butt-lift procedure that led to Suarez's death. The judge sentenced her to three years in prison.]

"'Vampire Face-Lifts' Provider Arrested After Suspicious Death," ABC News, February 14, 2014 

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