Bad cosmetic surgery can leave patients disfigured for life.
Dr. Muhammad A. Mirza recently consented to having his medical license taken away after the authorities accused him of traveling all over New Jersey to perform “invasive aesthetic procedures with inadequate formal training and little regard for the health and safety of his patients,” according to Acting state Attorney General Andrew J. Bruck. In one instance, he even withheld information regarding his patient’s medical records.
Mirza is board-certified internist from Cedar Grove, NJ. He advertises and performs his services through his Mirza Aesthetics practice, which he operates primarily from rental spaces in several states, including Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and New York.
According to the charges handed down this week, Mirza would see up to 30 patients a day in “makeshift spaces with substandard protocols for medical recordkeeping, patient follow-up, and storage of medical supplies, including products that require refrigeration and strict temperature control,” Bruck added.
The Attorney General blasted Mirza for putting patients at risk.
“Patients who seek cosmetic procedures are entitled to safe and appropriate care by properly trained professionals who put their health and safety above all else,” Bruck said in a statement. “We will not allow doctors to take advantage of patients’ desires to look and feel better about themselves by subjecting them to medically inappropriate procedures that expose them to grave harm and permanent disfigurement.”
The state filed its complaint with the State Board of Medical Examiners, who decided to suspend Mirza’s license. The board said his improper use of certain dermal fillers for off-label purposes “poses a clear and imminent danger to the public.”
In one case, Mirza used an injectable dermal filler for a nonsurgical penile enhancement procedure, which ended up causing permanent damage to the patient. The man suffered from complications and had to be hospitalized. He underwent two emergency surgical interventions, according to the Attorney General’s office.
When the doctors asked Mirza what kind of dermal filler he used, he didn’t accurately disclose this information, which made it harder for the doctors to care for the patient.
In another situation, Mirza is accused of using an off-label injectable dermal filler to close a patient’s eye. When used incorrectly, the procedure can lead to permanent vision loss and blindness. He also used an off-label filler for breast enhancement that could obscure the patient’s mammogram results. In another case, he performed the procedure without first testing the patient for skin allergies.
Other patients have complained that Mirza didn’t wear a mask or surgical gloves during the procedure. He also used high-pressure sales tactics and failed to respond to post-procedure complaints or requests for records. He also performed cosmetic procedures in “a small storage closet” and “closet area with a bench,” Bruck said in the statement.
When the authorities raided his office, they found chairs and a fold-away table. There was no medical exam table, and his injectable fillers were stored in duffle bags instead of medical refrigerators.
Mirza consented to the board suspending his license but he continues to deny the allegations.
He won’t be allowed to practice medicine in New Jersey or treat patients in any other state where he is licensed to do so, including NY, CT, and PA.