Rajdeep Kaur Khakh of Abbotsford has been given a suspended 30-day sentence and will have to pay fines and costs for illegally pretending to be a doctor and injecting dermal fillers despite a 2018 court order. According to DesibuzzCanada sources, Khakh has continued to inject women in the Punjabi-South Asian community “because our community refuses to talk about the beauty industry.” South Asian clients seeking this treatment beware – only physicians, dentists and nurses or licensed practical nurses under the direct supervision of a doctor are allowed to do such injections in B.C.
By DESIBUZZCanada Staff With News Files
ABBOTSFORD – An Indo-Canadian woman from Abbotsford known as “Dr. Lipjob”, who continued to inject people with botox and dermal fillers despite being prohibited by a court order, has narrowly avoided going to jail.
Rajdeep Kaur Khakh was given a 30-day suspended sentence and two years probation on Friday for contempt of court, for passing herself off as a doctor and continuing to inject dermal fillers into unwitting clients in violation of a March 2018 court order.
According to DesibuzzCanada sources, Khakh has continued to inject women in the Punjabi-South Asian community “because our community refuses to talk about the beauty industry.”
Botox injections are becoming a widely used procedure in the South Asian Community but people also choose to keep it a secret that they are getting treatments.
“Women want to look as young as their daughters or go back to the youth they never had the chance to experience, whatever their reasons it is a growing market. Anyone who can get their hands on injections are offering their services. Our community needs to be warned of the effects of being injected,” said a woman who knows of Khakh’s illegal work in this field
“Please warn people, as it is not just women, they need to go to a register Doctor who is registered at the College of Physicians here in BC,” said the woman who wanted to remain anonymous.
Prior to the March 2018order, Khakh was repeatedly caught injecting clients throughout the Lower Mainland and told to stop by the B.C. College of Physicians of Surgeons.
She will also have to pay a $4,700 fine to the court, $300 back to the main witness against her, and unspecified costs to the college. The college was seeking a sentence of 45 days in jail, reported CBC News.
Judge Nitya Iyer of the Supreme Court of B.C. looked directly at Khakh and said “I want you to understand your conduct is very serious. If you breach the terms you will have to serve incarceration.”
Khakh, who had earlier made an apology for her conduct and repeated breaches of court orders, sat in court with tightly clasped hands, smiled tearfully at the judge and nodded vigorously as Iyer read out her sentence.
The judge said she wanted to ensure that Khakh never again pretended to be a doctor or injected clients with substances.
“You have expressed remorse before and not changed your conduct,” she said.
Khakh, who also called herself Dr. Rajji, and Dr. R.K., used a forged medical licence to buy products and convince spas she was legitimate. She injected dermal fillers into clients in cars, homes and at “botox parties.”
The college has been trying to stop her for almost four years. Its CEO, Dr. Heidi Oetter, told CBC News in an exclusive interview that dealing with Khakh was a “real whack-a-mole kind of problem.”
“She’d be somewhere and then we’d close in and then she’d pop up somewhere else… we won’t stop until individuals doing illegal work are stopped.”
Oetter stressed that people seeking treatment should see licensed practitioners and should consult the college’s website to see if somebody is licensed.
Oetter cautions those who have received injections from Khakh to seek medical advice.
Only physicians, dentists and nurses or licensed practical nurses under the direct supervision of a doctor are allowed to do such injections in B.C.
Connor O’Sullivan says he is still suffering pain and feels there is a “noodle in his lip” after getting what he thought was Juvederm, a popular dermal filler, injection from Khakh over a year ago.
He doesn’t think Khakh will be deterred by the sentence.
“I actually don’t think it will stop her at all. She did say sorry before, and that didn’t stop her and I think she’ll find another way to slip through the cracks and try again,” he said.
Khakh closed her eyes and refused to comment when CBC News attempted to speak to her at court.
She had expressed remorse in a phone interview in October 2017 and claimed she wasn’t injecting clients.
The college says it intends to keep track of her activities to make sure she doesn’t put the public at risk again.