updated 5/4/2005 10:24:45 AM ET 2005-05-04T14:24:45

A man with no medical license was arrested and accused of performing plastic surgery on dozens of women with the help of his brother, a doctor.

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Gregorio Nosovsky, 58, wore a white lab coat embroidered with the title “Dr.,” passed out business cards identifying himself as a physician and appeared on a talk show as a medical expert, investigators said.

Nosovsky was arrested last month. New charges were added Tuesday, and his brother, Dr. Issac Nosovsky, 59, was arrested on a charge of aiding an unlicensed doctor.

The state is shutting down the Advanced Center for Cosmetic Surgery, located in this affluent Fort Lauderdale suburb, and officials said they are considering revoking Issac Nosovsky’s medical license.

Both brothers were freed on bond. There was no immediate information on whether they had attorneys.

A Web site for the Weston clinic identified the brothers as “both medical doctors, plastic surgeons.”

Gregorio Nosovsky was arrested April 12 after one woman complained, and 35 more women later came forward with similar accounts.

“These are women that had all been victimized,” said Broward County sheriff’s spokeswoman Liz Calzadilla-Fiallo. “We by no means think that 36 is the final count.”

Gregorio Nosovsky performed procedures including breast enlargements, tummy tucks, nose jobs, facelifts and liposuction, investigators said. The operations left many patients disfigured, Calzadilla-Fiallo said.

The first woman to make a complaint, Marta Gonzalez, said she suffered complications from breast surgery performed by Gregorio Nosovsky in April 2002. She said his brother performed corrective surgery months later but her condition worsened. A lawsuit was planned, her lawyer said.

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