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Woman accused of selling fake wrinkle-fighting injections

SEATTLE, Wash. - A Washington state woman has been arrested for using counterfeit wrinkle reducer 'Restylane' on customers in her Bellevue beauty Salon.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, as early as 2004, 46-year-old Xin 'Faith' He, who is a licensed esthetician and manicurist, injected a substance that she claimed was Restylane into the face of a Snohomish 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 came from a vial with Chinese characters on it.

The Washington State Department of Health investigated and issued a cease and desist order to He in July 2006, but an indictment alleges that in April 2008, He was once again injecting patients in a Bellevue salon.

A Bothell woman had to be treated by a plastic surgeon after the locations that had been injected became hard and swollen.

Investigators served a search warrant on the Natural Beauty salon in Bellevue and obtained numerous vials of injectable substances labeled in Chinese characters.

"This is a problem for two reasons," said Mary Dimke, attorney with the Department of Justice. "First she's not approved medical practitioner in order to use these substances. In addition, she was using substances that were essentially counterfeit. They weren't true Botox or Restylane; in fact injured members of the public."

He appeared in Federal Court on Tuesday.

If convicted, she faces up to three years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
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