Just when you thought you’d seen everything…you come across a new fad that’s gaining popularity at beauty spas. And with a name like ‘Vampire Facial,’ you’ve got to wonder what in the world these customers could have been thinking.
As for me, one specific image kept going through my mind when I first heard the name of the treatment:
Okay, so maybe Barnabas Collins has nothing to do with this particular situation but, you have to admit, the name, 'Vampire Facial' can't help but conjure up certain thoughts.
On a more serious note, there's some bad news for fans of this bizarre treatment. According to Fox News, “Health officials have shut down a New Mexico spa that offers ‘Vampire Facials’ after at least one client reported developing an unspecified infection following an undisclosed procedure at the facility.”
The procedure in question is called a ‘Vampire Facial’ in which the client’s own blood platelets are extracted and the plasma is re-injected into the face, through a process called micro-needling. The treatment is supposed to rejuvenate the skin through the introduction of additional oxygenated blood at the site.
The ‘VIP Spa’ in Albuquerque, New Mexico was shuttered “indefinitely after inspectors found concerning practices.” The investigation began after the health department received a complaint from a customer who said she had contracted an undisclosed infection after having a procedure performed at the spa.
Officials explain that whenever blood products are used, there is a risk of cross-contamination when transferring the serum.
Owners of the spa refute the allegation that the customer was infected at their spa, claiming they observe safe practices, "I open [the needle packets] in front of my clients every time they come.”
As a result, the New Mexico Health Department urges all customers of the VIP Spa to be tested for blood-borne infections including H.I.V. and Hepatitis B and C. They have issued the following statement:
"It is very important that anyone who received a vampire facial or other injection-related service at the VIP Spa in May or June of 2018 come to the Midtown Public Health Office for free and confidential lab testing and counseling," NMDH Cabinet Secretary Lynn Gallagher said in a statement.