Even though she had lost weight, Rosette Jarvis still hadn't reached her goal.
"Summer was approaching and I was hoping to do a little tweaking and get in a bikini," Rosette said.
She told us she thought she found the answer at Radiance Day Spa in the Woodlands with a procedure called Micro Lipo.
"I was excited," Rosette said. "I thought oh this is good I'll just have a little tweaking, you hear about this all the time on T.V."
Rosette said she met with Dr. Oanh Bui, an OBGYN whose been licensed to practice medicine in Texas since 2005. Rosette said Dr. Bui told her she was a board certified cosmetic surgeon.
"She said I was a perfect candidate for the procedure and we would be in and out and it would be simple," Rosette said.
But what Rosette thought was a simple procedure left her disfigured. That's according to a lawsuit she's filed against Dr. Bui.
"Unfortunately some of the injuries she sustained are probably permanent," Rosette's attorney Mark Weycer said.
"I didn't look right," Rosette said. "Places on my legs were still indented they were hard."
After time passed and she saw no improvement Rosette went to see another surgeon.
"He was just shocked," Rosette said. "His whole office was shocked. He actually left our appointment and went and called her."
Bui over-suctioned Rosette's thighs and abdomen, according to the lawsuit.
"In any medical procedure, there's a right way and a wrong way to do a procedure," Weycer said. "In this unfortunate case we believe Dr. Bui did it the wrong way."
The Texas Medical Board imposed an administrative penalty against Dr. Bui for advertising as a cosmetic surgeon when she's not certified in that area. Dr. Bui was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine.
"She had been injured as a result of a doctor who sold herself as something she's not," Weycer said.
"That is very serious to say you're something that you’re not when you’re a doctor," Rosette said.
Dr Bui referred us to her attorney who declined comment citing the pending lawsuit. However the doctor's attorney did point out that the medical board found no violation of the standard of care on Dr. Bui's part.
Bui has no specialty board certifications, according to the medical board's website. Bui is certified by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgeons, but her attorney says the Texas Medical Board does not recognize that particular organization.
State law allows licensed doctors to perform any kind of procedure they want if it's being done in the doctor's office.
"Exactly. They can perform any procedure they want in their office and hopefully everything goes well and if it doesn't go well, of course, then it becomes a problem." said Dr. Michael Eisemann, a board-certified plastic surgeon.
Dr. Eisemann advises people considering cosmetic surgery to do two things: Make sure the doctor is certified by The American Medical Board of Medical Specialties and ask one simple question.
"You should ask, ‘Are you credentialed to do that procedure in the hospital’?" Eisemann said. "I think that's something that's quite easy for individuals to ask that simple question."
If the doctor answers no, Eisemann said that should be a big red flag. Like most women Rosette didn't want her cosmetic procedure to be public knowledge.
"It's embarrassing people don't know I've done this so people will know," Rosette said.
But Rosette told FOX 26 Investigates it's worth it if her experience causes other people to research their doctor and ask the right questions.