Imitation Injectables Land A Cosmetologist In Jail And Clients In The Hospital

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It never fails to shock and disappoint us: yet another unqualified “practitioner” was caught injecting patients with what she said was Botox and Restylane. The frightening effects the substances had on clients’ faces made it apparent that they were not.

Bellevue, Washington, salon owner Xin “Faith” He was arrested last August for administering counterfeit injectables, which caused dismaying side effects in several customers. One woman’s reaction to the fake filler-the actual substance is not known-included swelling and tissue hardening that required plastic surgery.

Last month, He was found guilty of misbranding of a drug and receipt and delivery of an adulterated device. She was sentenced to 13 months in prison for her crimes.

Even if He had been using authentic Botox and Restylane, she was still endangering her clients because of her lack of qualifications. She is neither a doctor nor a licensed health-care provider, so it is highly unlikely that she had undergone the extensive training necessary to administer injectables safely and satisfactorily.

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