Two San Jose residents are facing charges after authorities say they performed illegal cosmetic surgeries in their home.
Ha Nguyen (WIN) and Zbigniew (ZBIG'-nyef) Makowski were arrested
yesterday on suspicion of practicing medicine without a license and
The arrests come after nine people complained that they had received disfiguring plastic surgeries in their San Jose home, a residence that investigators described as filthy and filled with drugs and syringes.
Four children also were removed from the home by child protective services.
A spokeswoman for the California Medical Board says one woman who received a face-lift and tummy tuck from Nguyen now has thick three-inch scars next to each ear, scars above each eyebrow and under her lower lip.
She also has a 15-inch scar across her stomach.
Medical board investigators say all victims were Vietnamese.
An affidavit filed in the case shows that in 2003, the medical board investigated Nguyen for performing a botched genital surgery.
But that case was not pursued because the woman moved away.