Issaquah salon owner faces jail for injecting phony Botox

November 3, 2009

By Staff

Issaquah resident Xin “Faith” He is guilty of injecting customers with counterfeit cosmetic products at her Bellevue salon, a federal judge ruled Oct. 30.He was found guilty in U.S. District Court in Seattle of a single count of misbranding of a drug and two counts of receipt and delivery of an adulterated device. Authorities said He, 46, illegally injected customers with phony Botox, a prescription wrinkle remover, and prescription cosmetic filler Restylane. He could face up to the three years behind bars and a $10,000 fine when she is sentenced Dec. 18.

Authorities arrested the salon proprietor Aug. 24. Officials said He had injected patients with the counterfeit cosmetics since November 2004.

Agents discovered vials labeled with Chinese characters when He’s Bellevue salon, Natural Beauty, was searched in April. But the Food and Drug Administration has not approved Chinese-made products similar to Botox and Restylane. He, a licensed esthetician and manicurist, was not authorized to prescribe or administer Botox and Restylane. But authorities said she injected clients as early as 2004.

In July 2006, state health officials sent a cease-and-desist order to He asking her to stop performing medical procedures, but she continued to administer the treatments.

Last April, He injected a Bothell woman with counterfeit Restylane, authorities said. Authorities said He injected the woman with a substance she identified as Restylane into the customer’s cheeks, forehead and chin.

After the injection, the woman suffered inflammation and scarring, and turned to a cosmetic surgeon for treatment.

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