Women who perform beauty treatments illegally to increase income receive jail time and fines

Shaffiq Alkhatib
The Straits Times
May 28, 2021

A non-medical doctor performing beauty treatments, including a thread lift on her nose, received 10 weeks in jail and a $ 5,500 fine on Friday (May 28).

Tan Shu Min, 26, will spend an additional 22 days behind bars if he cannot pay the fine.

She had previously pleaded guilty to a medical practitioner position, even though she was not registered to do so and did not have a valid certificate of practice.

The Malaysian had also admitted three charges of importing health products into Singapore without a license and a charge of illegally importing a poison.

Ten other charges were considered during the sentencing.

The court learned that Tan had decided to provide beauty treatments in Singapore to increase his income.

She began announcing beauty services, such as Botox treatments and light nose procedures, on the social media platform Instagram in January 2019.

I searched the internet for photos that represented people before and after I went to look for beauty treatments. He then posted the images on an Instagram account.

Later, a customer contacted her and they agreed to meet at the Genting Jurong Hotel. Tan checked into the hotel on January 24, 2019 and took the woman to a room there three days later.

He then performed a nose thread lift procedure, which included inserting threads into the bridge of the nose. After the procedure, Tan gave the woman an oral medication, which she claimed contained antibiotics.

Tan received between $ 400 and $ 600 for treatment and left Singapore on January 29th.

So later he returned to Singapore and rented a room in a unit in Admiralty, where he received two clients on May 27, 2019.

The court learned that he injected ice into one client’s face and applied facial cream to the other. She was arrested later that day.

A search revealed several health products and two syringes containing lignocaine, an anesthetic listed as a poison.

Tan’s bail was set at $ 5,000 on Friday and will be handed over to state courts on June 4 to begin serving his sentence.

If he acts illegally as a doctor, an offender can be jailed for up to a year and fined up to $ 100,000.


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