Woman suffers facial scarring after spa visit
DORAL, Fla. — A Florida woman said she is in pain after she said a spa visit left her face covered in scars.
Isabel Gonzalez has spent a month and a half in the hospital undergoing five operations — all after a visit to Viviana’s Body Secrets Spa in Doral, Fla. in June.
“I told my mother, please take care of my children,” Gonzalez said. “I don’t think I am going to live.”
Scars cover her face and she said she received vitamin injections for a more youthful look.
“It was a very thick substance,” Gonzalez said, describing the procedure. “They had to use a larger syringe to extract it from the bottle.”
Gonzalez said her face began to swell and became infected shortly after the process. She said she checked herself into the hospital in early August, fearing for her life.
“My face stayed swollen,” Gonzalez said. “You could barely see my eyes.”
She is now suing the owner of the spa, Vivian Ayala, who was arrested late last week.
Ayala’s spa in Florida has been shut down, and she’s being charged with a slew of felonies, including practicing without a license and battery.
Ayala’s attorney is adamant her client only performed a facial on Gonzalez.
“She was never injected — not with vitamins, or any other type of substance,” said Milena Abreu, referring to Gonzalez. “Ms. Ayaya has been practicing for several years, and does not work with injections.”
This case will how head to court, and a jury will decide who is telling the truth. Whatever the outcome, Gonzalez says she will never be the same.
By Deborah Takahara, KDVR.