Pair held at Mong Kok clinic for illegally injecting Botox

Pair arrested at Mong Kok beauty clinic are a nurse and a suspended doctor, source says

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 07 November, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 07 November, 2012, 10:06am

Two beauty centre staff have been arrested for giving illegal Botox injections to clients, the Health Department announced yesterday.

Suspended doctor Peter Siu Ting-wing, 58, and a nurse, 54, were arrested at First Clinic on Nathan Road in Mong Kok on Monday, according to a police source.

Police and the department would only confirm that officers who raided a clinic found a 58-year-old man, who was not a medical practitioner, presenting himself as a doctor to his client, and offering Botox injections. The product being injected was suspected to be unregistered.

A search of the premises also revealed the illegal possession of poisons, antibiotics and unregistered pharmaceutical products.

The search on Monday night was prompted by a public complaint against a beauty salon in Mong Kok, the police said. "Invasive beauty procedures, such as injections of chemical substances or pharmaceutical products, may carry risks such as bleeding, infection, scarring and nerve injury," a Health Department spokesman said.

Both parties are suspected of illegal possession of medicine.

The search, launched by the Health Department and the police, is part of a large-scale fight against unscrupulous practices in the beauty business.

Without confirming the name of the beauty centre or arrestees, the spokesman added: "They are on bail pending further inquiries. An investigation into the case is ongoing."

Siu has five previous disciplinary breaches, including failing to register dangerous drugs.

In an incident that saw him struck off the register for 10 months, he failed to properly label drugs prescribed to a patient he was treating for obesity or to monitor the side effects.

The patient, who received treatment from Siu in beauty centre Be A Lady, later became suicidal in 2008.

Yesterday, the Post could not reach First Clinic or Siu by phone, while staff in the Mong Kok centre said only, "it was not our fault", without confirming or denying that police made arrests at its premises on Monday.

Lawmaker for the medical sector Dr Leung Ka-lau said the government should disclose the name of the beauty centre and identity of the man claiming to be a doctor, so the public could avoid being treated by them.

The crackdown on bogus beauty practices comes after four women suffered septic shock after receiving a blood transfusion "health therapy" at a branch of the DR beauty centre chain. One of the four died, while one woman remains in a serious condition. The other two are stable.