Popular 'Vampire Facial' Exposed Spa Clients To HIV
During an inspection at the spa officials identified potentially infection spreading practices.
A spa offering 'Vampire Facials' popularised by celebrities like Kim Kardashian West and Bar Rafaeli may have exposed clients to HIV.
The practice which is available across the world, including Australia, is one of many trendy skin care treatments being offered in clinics.
It involves drawing blood from the client, usually from their arm, and injecting certain components of the blood back into the face.
Officially titled Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), it then involves a needling process and the treated blood it then injected back into the skin.
Australian Skin Clinics' National Medi-Aesthetic Training Manager Darlene O'Gara said it's important consumers understand these kinds of treatments should only be administered in legitimate clinics that are clean and clinical to ensure a hygienic, safe environment.
“Treatments of this nature should be performed by medically-trained and registered doctors and nurses or highly skilled technicians who have undergone extensive practical and theoretical training for a safe and quality service” she said.
"While PRP [vampire facials] aren't one of the treatments on offer at Australian Skin Clinics, there are alternatives that deliver proven results including Fractional RF Skin Tightening and Micro-needling," Miss O'Gara said.
"If you are unsure of the treatment you should always seek professional advice and ask your technician about their qualifications and training."
A spa in the New Mexico called VIP Spa was shut down after a former client developed an infection. The incident has prompted a health warning.
The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) is recommending that customers who have been to one particular spa in Albuquerque get tested for HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C.
Anyone who received any type of injection related service, including a so-called "vampire facial," at the VIP Spa in Albuquerque should get tested as soon as possible, especially if they got the procedure in May or June, the health department said.
During an inspection on September 7, officials identified practices that could potentially spread the blood-borne infections.
Professionals have come out in defense of the procedure, given that the proper procedures are followed and equipment in not shared between patients.