This Celebrity-Favorite Treatment May Have Exposed People to HIV and Hepatitis

This Celebrity-Favorite Treatment May Have Exposed People to HIV and Hepatitis

With celebrities like Kim Kardashian West and Minka Kelly boasting
the benefits of this in-office treatment, microneedling with PRP—also known as the
Vampire Facial—has grown in popularity immensely over the last few years. However,
even though results of this procedure are generally pretty great, recent news
has some people reconsidering their anti-aging treatment of choice.

According to LiveScience,
a spa in Albuquerque, New Mexico—which
offers the Vampire Facial as a treatment in their facility—may have
exposed clients to blood-borne infections like HIV or Hepatitis. Per a
statement from the New Mexico Department of Health, officials conducted an
inspection of the spa, named VIP Spa, after one of its clients developed a
blood-borne infection that they believed could’ve been contracted during a Vampire Facial performed at the location.

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Upon inspection, officials
were alerted of unsafe practices within the spa that may have led to the
infection. Unsurprisingly, the spa has been shut down indefinitely and clients
who received a Vampire Facial at the spa during May or June of this year are
being urged to get tested for HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C.

The facial, which uses platelet-rich
plasma (PRP) that’s drawn from a person’s own blood, uses tiny needles to prick
the surface of the skin while applying PRP topically. Using PRP in tandem with
microneedling boosts the skin’s regenerative abilities, promoting a reduction
in wrinkles, melasma, sun spots and acne scars.

While it’s unknown to the public exactly how the infection
was contracted within the spa, HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C are all spread
through contact with bodily fluids—most commonly blood—which is why this
treatment poses such a risk when performed under unsafe circumstances. However,
as scary as this instance is, it shouldn’t discourage others from trying out this
collagen-boosting procedure. Ultimately, this is simply a good reminder to do your
research before trying any skin treatment and to always book your appointment with a board-certified doctor when it comes to in-office procedures. Better safe than sorry, right?

By | 2018-09-12T18:25:59+00:00 September 12th, 2018|Categories: Plastic Surgery|0 Comments

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