KUALA LUMPUR: A 22-year-old woman suffered severe side effects after using a slimming product with the treatment allegedly carried out by an uncertified individual.
The victim, who wished to be known only as Chua, said she bought the "lipodissolve" liquid injection from an Instagram seller in September for RM250.
Chua said she planned to use the product to undergo mesotherapy, a technique that uses injections to rejuvenate and tighten skin as well as remove excess fat.
"At first, I planned to undergo the treatment with the product seller, who stays in Johor, but I was unable to do so due to Covid-19 restrictions.
"I managed to contact a friend, who claimed that she could do the procedure for RM500. She is staying in the same town in Pahang.
"The friend conducted the (procedure with) injections on my arms, thigh and stomach on Sept 10 at my home but it was done without proper procedure," she claimed at a press conference organised by MCA Public Services and Complaints Department head Datuk Seri Michael Chong on Friday (Dec 3).
Following the procedure, Chua said she suffered wounds on various parts of her body, resulting in pus, lumps and infections.
"I spent about RM5,000 for medical treatment as a result of this procedure.
"The pain was so excruciating that I feel lucky just to have survived," she added.
Meanwhile, Chong said the product was not approved by the Health Ministry and the person who performed the injections did not have proper qualifications.
"The victim told me the person did not even wear surgical gloves when administering the injections.
"We will assist the victim in taking legal action against those responsible," he said.
Chong said at least four women have come forward with similar problems but he feared there may be more.
"I hope what happened to the victim is a reminder to others to only use beauty products that are authorised by the Health Ministry and get the services of certified individuals to administer such injections.
"I also urge those suffering with similar problems to come forward," he said.
The department's medical adviser Datuk Dr Lai Kwang Choy said all beauty products must have the approval of the Health Ministry.
"For imported products, it must go through Customs and have permits from the Health Ministry.
"It is important to use only authorised products and the one who performs the injections must be certified too," he added.
Among others present at the press conference were the department's legal adviser Datuk Theng Book.