Unlicensed Homes Target Plastic Surgery Patients Who Need a Safe Place to Recover

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Florida – The authorities are worried about the proliferation of unapproved “medical” homes listed on Airbnb and advertised as places of recovery after plastic surgery.

Dr Adam J. Rubinstein, a Miami-Dade County plastic surgeon said unlicensed homes offer many services, but the danger is none of them are regulated.

“The concept of a salvage house is to try to provide everything that someone would need during this initial phase of recovery,” Rubinstein said. “There is no classification for a salvage house in any state’s laws, rules or regulations.”

A woman who asked to remain anonymous said her stay in one of those homes in Westchester could have been fatal. She said a nurse from New Life Plastic Surgery recommended the house. After plastic surgery, a man picked her up and took her home. She said she was throwing up and the workers at the house didn’t want her to call 911 right away.

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“They actually called the owner and that’s when I found out who owned the place,” she said, adding that it was Lisandra Perdomo, who also had scheduled surgeries at the New Life Plastic Surgery Clinic.

Instead of prioritizing her health, she said workers at the Westchester home coached her on what to say to firefighters when they arrived to take her to hospital. She suffered from severe internal bleeding.

“I had to tell them I was at a friend’s house,” she said, adding that she then had to undergo several surgeries and spend months in the hospital. “There (is) no law for these places. You don’t even know they exist.

Neighbors of these homes notice patients and workers entering and leaving these homes. They report it, but it’s not easy for code compliance officers to confirm reports from neighbors.

In August, Miami-Dade investigators arrested Perdomo’s partner on 23 counts of running an unlicensed assisted living facility.

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