A state official announced that 17 plastic surgery clinics were closed after being found in violation of local health law.

Erwin Areizaga, state Commissioner to Protect against Sanitary Risks, said the violations were found after inspections held by agency staff.

The agency has already inspected 45 clinics during the month, the official said.

The authorities temporarily suspended nine clinics in Tijuana and seven in Ensenada. Only one clinic was closed in Mexicali.

The commissioner said Tijuana is home to the majority of Baja California’s so-called medical tourism businesses.

Among the violations, the authorities found clinics without proper documentation, as well as due medication and containers with Botulinum toxin — a substance used against wrinkles. Also, the authorities found some clinics lack proper clean facilities and storage of water in improper containers.

Areizaga said suspended clinics have a certain timeframe to make corrections for reopening.

Patients can file complaints at the agency’s social media pages by the name of Coepris Baja California, or by dialing (686) 557 0158 in Mexicali.

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