Issaquah salon owner sentenced to 13 months for injecting customers with phony Botox

January 19, 2010

By Staff

A U.S. District Court judge sentenced Bellevue beauty salon owner and Issaquah resident Xin “Faith” He to 13 months in prison last week. Authorities said He injected customers with counterfeit Botox and Restylane.U.S. District Judge Marsha J. Pechman found He, 46, guilty in October 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. 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.

In April 2008, He injected a Bothell woman with counterfeit Restylane. Authorities said He injected the woman with a substance she identified as Restylane into the woman’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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