Seattle-based Allure Esthetic and Dr. Javad Sajan were the subject of a 48-page lawsuit, filed Thursday by Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson.
The complaint, filed in federal court on December 29th, alleges that Allure Esthetic, a “major plastic surgery provider” and its owner Dr. Javad Sajan, engaged in false and illegal business practices—from inflating the practice’s online ratings on Google and Yelp, to requiring patients sign away certain of their rights.
Also noted, before-and-after images were allegedly digitally altered, fake followers and engagement were reportedly purchased for a social media account, and dissatisfied patients were threatened with lawsuits over poor reviews, defined by the lawsuit as anything under four stars.
A disclaimer currently on the surgeon’s website reads in part: “DISCLAIMER… Photographs may have been modified from their original version and may have been enhanced, including but not limited to lighting, cropping, and removal of personal identifying information such as tattoos, scars, body (or body part) size, implant position, implant size, nipple position, nipple size and other body morphology.”
“Photographs have been modified from their original version.”
The Associated Press reports that when it reached out to Allure for comment, a person answering the company’s phone Thursday hung up three times.
The lawsuit was filed Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington.