Spa Owner Sentenced to Prison for Illegal Sylicone Injections

Elva Navarro, of Hidalgo,Texas,  has been sentenced to three years in federal prison to be immediately followed by one year of supervised release for violating the U.S. Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act by using an adulterated device.

Court documents demonstrated that Navarro administered injections of liquid silicone into individuals who would frequent her facility – Bella Face and Body Spa in McAllen – to effect the structure and function of their bodies. The injections were not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA); however, Navarro falsely represented to her customers that they were safe even after discovering their dangerousness when a female was hospitalized as a result of these injections and later died.