An investigation is underway into Lesley-Ann Poppe’s and her boyfriend’s beauty school. On Sunday, investigators raided the school in the center of Antwerp. “Course and materials are offered for actions that may only be performed by a doctor,” says the public prosecutor.
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Detectives from the Environmental Investigation Department of the Antwerp police zone on Sunday invaded the Beauty & Medical Academy of Lesley-Ann Poppe and her boyfriend Kevin Lebreton in the Lange Nieuwstraat in Antwerp. “The search is part of a judicial investigation into various infringements of the legislation regarding the practice of medicine, nursing and the paramedical professions,” confirms Kristof Aerts, spokesman for the public prosecutor’s office in Antwerp. “The investigation was launched after a complaint against the firm (the company behind the school, ed.). This showed that they also offer courses and materials for actions that may only be performed by a doctor, such as microneedling (a treatment that should improve the skin, ed.), injections and laser treatments.”
At the time of the raid, a study program was busy with fourteen students. “That was interrupted, almost all participants had already purchased a dermapen with a few attachments,” says the public prosecutor. The derma pens were confiscated, as were a computer, some covers and course materials. “The person responsible will be questioned later”, Kristof Aerts concludes.
“Right in our shoes”
For Kevin Lebreton, together with his girlfriend Lesley-Ann Poppe, the manager of the training institute that also has branches in Ghent and Hasselt, the interrogation should take place as soon as possible. “I look forward to being questioned and telling my side of the story. The ball was completely missed in this investigation and serious mistakes were made,” he responds. “We always do our best to teach our customers the latest beauty techniques, within the existing legal framework. We stand up for ourselves and are fully cooperating with the investigation, we are counting on a good outcome.”
Lebreton points out that microneedling training is also provided by other training institutes. “For example in Encora of the city of Antwerp or Syntra West Flanders, and they do that with tax money. Then I assume that this has been thoroughly checked in advance and that it is therefore allowed? It is a complete mystery to me why we are being targeted, is it perhaps a complaint from a jealous competitor?”
Possibly the problem lies with the used and sold pens, there are European regulations around that.