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Bellevue Cosmetologist Injected Women with Unknown Substance She Claimed was ‘Restylane’

October 30, 2009

XIN HE, aka FAITH HE, 46, of Issaquah, Washington, was found guilty today in U.S. District Court in Seattle of a felony count of Misbranding of a Drug While Held for Sale and two misdemeanor counts of Receipt & Proffered Delivery of Adulterated Device. HE was ordered into immediate custody by U.S. District Judge Marsha J. Pechman after she rendered her verdict. Prosecutors presented evidence to Judge Pechman over a three day bench trial. Today prosecutors showed Judge Pechman an ad HE placed in a Vietnamese language newspaper just days before her trial. The ad falsely claims she is licensed and offers services including one considered a surgical procedure. As she ordered HE into custody Judge Pechman said, “The court cannot trust that she will abide by any rules laid down... She continued to inject people with bogus drugs after she was told to stop.... To advertise right before trial is the height of arrogance.”

According to testimony at trial and records filed in the case, FAITH HE used counterfeit Botox© and Restylane© on customers at her Bellevue beauty salon. FAITH HE was a licensed esthetician and manicurist, but was not a medical doctor licensed to use injectable treatments for wrinkle removal such as Botox and Restylane. According to the indictment, as early as 2004, FAITH HE injected a substance that she later represented was Restylane into the face of a Snohomish, Washington woman. Court records indicate the woman’s face became inflamed and she sought treatment from a dermatologist. The material injected into the woman’s face was confirmed later not to be genuine Restylane. The Washington State Department of Health investigated and issued a cease and desist order to FAITH HE in July 2006. The order was issued after HE offered to inject an undercover agent with what she claimed was Botox at HE’s Issaquah home. Despite that order, in April 2008, FAITH HE was once again injecting patients in a Bellevue salon. A Bothell woman had to be treated by a plastic surgeon after the locations FAITH HE had injected became hard and swollen.

When HE is sentenced on December 18, 2009 she faces up to three years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Judge Pechman noted that “great harm” can be done by these injections.

Each year in the United States, including the State of Washington, consumers are injured by individuals who are neither licensed or trained to perform medical procedures. Oftentimes, the people performing these cosmetic treatments use drugs and devices not approved by the FDA for use in the United States. The injuries range from severe burns, infection and permanent scarring. The FDA has investigated cases where some consumers have died after receiving such treatments from individuals not licensed to perform such procedures.

This was a joint investigation between the FDA Office of Criminal Investigations and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Both the Washington State Department of Health and the Washington State Department of Licensing assisted with the investigation.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Kathryn Warma and Kathryn Kim Frierson.

For additional information please contact Emily Langlie, Public Affairs Officer for the United States Attorney’s Office, at (206) 553-4110 or Emily.Langlie@USDOJ.Gov.

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