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Florida Woman Charged With Practicing Plastic Surgery Without A License After Alleged Disfigurement
Vincenzo Zurlo spent $2800 on two nose jobs from Alcalira Jimenez de Rodriguez, who allegedly disfigured him over two surgeries.
A Florida plastic surgeon has been arrested and is facing a felony charge after being accused of practicing medicine without a license by an irate patient.
Vincenzo Zurlo had his first rhinoplasty performed by Alcalira Jimenez de Rodriguez in February 2020. Following the operation, he started feeling pain in his nose, so he contacted her Doral clinic again for a second surgery, Zurlo told local station WSVN.
However, the second nose job allegedly only made things worse.
“My nose wasn’t right. I had this lump close to the tip of my nose, and she was finding excuses. Then [she said] it was liquid accumulated, but no, it was not. It was something that was wrong,” Zurlo said.
Pain in Zurlo’s nose didn't subside, so he contacted Jimenez de Rodriguez for her medical license number, WPLG reports. She didn’t provide it. When he called the Florida Department of Health, he was allegedly informed that the 56-year-old did not have a license to practice medicine, according to WSVN.
Zurlo contacted the police last month, a year after his first surgery. Police arrested her on Thursday after Jimenez de Rodriguez met with an undercover agent for a consultation, according to a police report acquired by WTVJ.
She was in the middle of performing surgery when police arrived at the clinic, according to the Miami Herald.
Zurlo paid $2800 in total for his two surgeries with Jimenez de Rodriguez, according to the Journal-Constitution.
“I feel abused. I feel like somebody used me as a piece of meat, just because she decided that one day she would like to play a plastic surgeon,” Zurlo told WSVN.
Jimenez de Rodriguez was charged with practicing medicine without a license, which was upgraded to a felony after Zurlo's alleged disfigurement, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution; she was also charged with resisting arrest without violence and held on $5,000 bond, according to the Journal-Constitution. Miami-Dade's online database did not list her as a current inmate as of Monday afternoon.
Jimenez de Rodriguez is listed as the president and secretary of Millennium Medical Antiaging & Surgery Center, according to Florida’s Division of Corporations website. A cease and desist order was posted on the clinic’s window Thursday, according to WTVJ.
Jimenez de Rodriguez's attorney, Guillermo de la Puente, said in a phone interview with Oxygen.com that his client is innocent of all charges.