A Florida woman posing as a plastic surgeon disfigured a man’s nose after she performed two botched rhinoplasties on him, police said.
The alleged victim, Vincenzo Zurlo, first heard about Alcalira Jimenez De Rodriguez, 56, through a friend and he had gone to her for Botox treatments at the Millennium Anti-Aging and Surgery Center, Miami’s WTVJ reported.
According to a Doral Police Department arrest report obtained by the news station, he then had her administer a nose job on Feb. 15, 2020.
“I was fully awake. I saw her face; I was talking to her during the surgery,” Zurlo told WSVN. “I was asking if I was bleeding, how the surgery was going, so I saw her face ruining my life.”
In the months after the procedure, Zurlo complained his nose wasn’t properly healing, so he scheduled a repeat rhinoplasty with Jimenez De Rodriguez for May 30, 2020.
She allegedly messed up the second surgery as well.
“My nose wasn’t right. I had this lump close to the tip of my nose, and she was finding excuses,” the alleged victim said. “Then [she said] it was ‘liquid accumulated,’ but no, it was not. It was something that was wrong.”
In the arrest report, police wrote that Zurlo “realized his nose was not healing properly and appeared deformed.”
Zurlo, who paid a total of $2,800 for the two procedures, demanded Jimenez De Rodriguez’s medical malpractice insurance and medical license number, detectives said.
When she refused to provide the information, he phoned the Florida Health Department and the authorities.
“She cannot do my nose right, she prescribed me the medication from another doctor, she cannot find a solution to my pain so something is wrong, something has to be wrong,” he said, according to WTVJ. “She was the one that with that surgery that day, she ruined my life.”
Working with the health department, police sent an undercover agent pretending to be a prospective client to consult with the suspect about undergoing a treatment, WTVJ reported.
According to police, the unlicensed Jimenez De Rodriguez was in mid-surgery on a patient when investigators arrived to take her into custody on March 11.
The arrest report claimed the faux-surgeon tensed her arm and pulled away from police during the arrest.
She was ordered held on a $5,000 bond and faces charges of practicing medicine without a license and resisting arrest without violence.
“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 said.