Suspended nurse fined for botched job on woman’s face

An enrolled nurse who injected people with fillers while suspended has been fined $5000 but has not had a conviction recorded.

Tanya Bechara, 41, was also ordered in the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Monday to pay $2650 compensation to a woman who said she was “too embarrassed and ashamed to be seen in public” after Bechara’s botched job on her face.

Bechara pleaded guilty last week to knowingly holding herself out to be registered as a health practitioner.

The former director of Sydney beauty clinic Radiance Cosmetics was suspended in February 2018 for “unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct” after performing unsupervised injectable cosmetic procedures.

Yet she still travelled to Melbourne for a “one day only” roster of injecting Botox and fillers and treated 15 clients on November 17, 2018.

One woman was left with blue colouring under her eye that a medical professional told her could last four to five years.

The court heard she was in pain and her face looked “uneven” after the injections under her eyes and in her lips, with the top lip “hooked” over the bottom lip.

She said she has had to fork out money for doctors bills to try to correct Bechara’s dodgy job.

In a statement to the court, the victim said she felt “frustrated, angry, depressed and anxious” after the botched injectables procedure for which she paid Bechara $1600.

“I felt very insecure about my physical appearance,” she said.

“I was too embarrassed and ashamed to be seen in public.

“My face is still in the process of being corrected.”

She said she needed ongoing medical treatment and was in “financial hardship to correct this crime”.

Magistrate Trieu Huynh said on Monday her victim thought Bechara was a qualified nurse and her former business Radiance Cosmetics advertised using trained health professionals on their social media.

“At no time did you tell her you were suspended or otherwise not registered,” he said.

Bechara has since sold Radiance Cosmetics, and there is no suggestion her illegal practices are associated with the current business.

Bechara appeared over video link with her 18-month-old son sitting on her lap in front of the camera.

The court was told she intends to undertake training to re-register as a nurse in the near future.

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