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The vampire's face only sounded scary. Of course, it involves extracting the patient's own blood, isolating the platelet-rich plasma by centrifuging it in a centrifuge and then injecting it back into the face. But the results are touted as a rejuvenated, supple and supple skin, not HIV or hepatitis, such as VIP Spa customers in Albuquerque, N.M. now face.
Healthcare officials say that those who received vampire facial treatment in the spa between May and June 2018 – or any other type of injection-related service – might be at risk of contracting a blood disorder.
The New Mexico Department of Health urges them to undergo free HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C testing, as well as free counseling.
The department received a tip after a spa client "developed an infection that may have been the result of a procedure performed by the VIP Spa".
Health and government officials conducted an inspection and found problems with the storage, handling and removal of the needle.
A spokesman for the health department told NPR while it is still in the beginning of the study, no other infections have been identified.
KOAT-TV reports the New Mexico regulation and license department said that spa owner Luly Ruiz had no license to carry out the procedure because she is not a medical professional.
Ruiz defended her use of the treatment and said she only used disposable needles.
"I open them every time they come for my customers," Ruiz told the Albuquerque station.
She added that she works with government officials and encourages clients who are worried about being tested.
"I want everyone to know for sure that everyone is happy and knows they have nothing," Ruiz told the station.
For the time being, the New Mexico regulation and the Licensing department have closed the facility while an investigation is in progress. A hearing is planned for Friday in the case.
Vampire facial treatments have grown in popularity, thanks in part to selfie-happy celebrities who take advantage of their benefits.
Dr. Joshua Zeichner, assistant professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, writes that "the platelet-rich plasma contains growth factors that have been claimed to stimulate the growth of collagen and healthy skin cells." He adds that the procedure is safe, although pain and bruising may occur.
Doctors, especially in sports medicine, have also used treatment – known as platelet-rich plasma therapy – to calm inflamed tissue and recover injuries more quickly.
The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons says that laboratory studies show that "the increased concentration of growth factors in PRP may accelerate the healing process."