There have recently been some worrying media reports about the Vampire Facial. Clients of the VIP Spa in New Mexico who received a vampire facial between May and September of 2018 have been encouraged to get tested for blood-borne infections including HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C.
So far, 2 former clients have tested positive for the same strain of HIV and the medispa has since been forced to close after unsanitary practices.
The Vampire Facial was made popular by celebrities like Kim Kardashian. After Kim posted about it on Instagram it suddenly became the ‘must have’ of skin rejuvenation.
The Vampire Facial is a full-face session of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP). This procedure involves blood being drawn from the patient, then it will be processed by a centrifuge to separate the red and white blood cells from the platelets, often named liquid gold. The Platelets and Plasma are then injected into the face to stimulate collagen production and rejuvenate the skin.
As this procedure involves drawing blood from the patient and breaking the skin with the injection of the patient’s plasma it is important that it is performed in a medical clinic setting by a registered nurse or a doctor. Although the vampire facial has been branded as a beauty treatment, this is not a facial or a procedure that should be carried out by a non-medical professional.
The clinic in the US was closed in September 2018 due to unsanitary handling of needles and concerns over their license to perform the procedures that they were offering.
When performed in a clinical setting with appropriate infection control policies and trained Nurses and Doctors; PRP is a relatively low-risk procedure. However, as in this case, when performed in an inappropriate setting, without infection control policies it can lead to life-changing issues for the patient.
We always recommend that you do a few checks prior to trying a new cosmetic clinic:
- If there is a deal that seems too good to be true, it probably is. Corners may have been cut that put patients lives at risk.
- Always research the credentials of staff. Ensure that if you’re being treated by a nurse that they have an experienced Cosmetic Doctor supporting them in case of any complications.
- Remember that a shiny Instagram profile does not mean that they are a reputable clinic. It is important to look at real customer reviews and the training and the credentials of the staff.
- Are they are Health Department licensed clinic with strict infection control guidelines in place?
If you would like any more information on PRP or any other procedures, please see the PRP page or call us on 93899099.