Earlier this week, the New Mexico Department of Health announced the closure of a spa in Albuquerque after one of its clients reportedly developed an "unspecified infection" once after receiving a "vampire phase". During an inspection of the facility on Friday morning, health professionals were worried about how the spa managed storage, handling and disposal of needles.
"It's about because your needles do not handle properly, you can potentially increase the risk of blood-borne infection," Department of Health epidemiologist Dr. Michael Landen.
The countries informed everyone who received a "vampire facial" or other injection procedure from the VIP Spa in May or June to be tested for HIV and hepatitis A and B. The health department offers free testing for those who need it. [1
What is a vampire face ?
Also known as Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Facial (which is not nearly like goth), the procedure can only be performed by a licensed medical professional – a regulation that the VIP Spa in Albuquerque was allegedly infringing . A "vampire facial" involves drawing blood from the patient and then using a centrifuge to extract blood platelet-rich plasma (PRP). After a round of microdermabrasion or micronutrition – procedures that cause minor skin damage – plasma is injected or slim on the patient's face as a mask.
The alleged science behind "vampire face" is based in regenerative medicine according to cosmetic surgeon Dr. Munir Somji. "When we inject the platelets into the face, the body tricks into believing that there has been an injury, thus bringing growth factors to help with collagen formation," he told The Independent ] in February.
PRP is one of the latest trends in beauty and skin care due to its ability to stimulate new cellular growth, which, in turn, improves skin tone and texture, smooths out fine lines and even promotes hair growth. Patients are advised to breathe a pain pill or to use lunging cream to reduce pain from the first bloodstream, as well as the micronuting method.
"It sounds gory and mysterious, but it's actually central to our developing understanding of skin physiology and advanced techniques to improve skin quality," said Beverly Hills dermatologist Ava Shamban Allure last year .
The procedure has been around for several years but became more widely available after Kim Kardashian posted a blood-slathered selfie at Instagram in 2013, after filming the procedure for an episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians spin-off Kourtney & Kim Take Miami . Earlier this year, Kardashian reflected on the experience in a post on her blog ; The text is only available to paid subscribers, but honestly, the bloody image, the headline ("Skincare Treatment Never Again") and caption ("So not worth it!") – not to mention the mysterious infection in Albuquerque – about the sum up.