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Vampire Facials and Risks of Infection

If you followed the news in Albuquerque in September, some of you may have heard two words you never thought you’d hear together in your life: vampire facial. Turns out, it’s the subject of an amazing story of public health in action.

In case you missed it, a vampire facial is a spa treatment which consists of using your own blood in hopes of rejuvenating your skin, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and creating a more youthful look.

You may recall, we recently had a situation in Albuquerque, where a client developed a blood-borne infection that may have resulted from a procedure performed at a business where vampire facials are performed. At the Department of Health, we were concerned for any client of the spa who might have received injection related services because they might be at risk. We worked diligently with the community and local media to reach out to customers to urge medical testing.

Even as local residents came forward for counseling and lab testing for blood-borne infections such as HIV and hepatitis B and C, the news of our efforts went nationwide. National television networks, newspapers across the country, websites and even beauty magazines reached out to us wanting to talk about this story.

In the weeks since, media interest in the topic may have faded, but not ours.

It’s important to us that everyone know the risk for infection exists when receiving certain injection related treatments. Injections of any substance into your face or elsewhere on your body poses a risk to your health.  This is particularly true when injectable materials get contaminated or the procedure is not properly done using appropriate technique. The procedure should never be done in a home setting.  They must be performed only by specially licensed and trained people and even then, there’s not a lot of evidence of the effectiveness of these procedures in the medical literature.

Our experts at the New Mexico Department of Health and partners in the medical community highly recommend if you’re seeking procedures that involve blood/plasma injections that you protect yourself.

Make sure treatment is provided by or under the supervision of a trained and state licensed professional with one of the following licenses: physician, doctor of osteopathy, physician’s assistant, clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner, or doctor of oriental medicine with expanded practice. 

In addition, where the procedure is performed should:

  • Use sterile single use needles and syringes for only one person that should be safely and appropriately thrown away after each use.  Single use, sterile packages should be opened for each person at the time of the procedure.
  • Assure that treatment areas are clean and disinfected using hospital grade disinfection products effective against bloodborne pathogens such as Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), Hepatitis B and C.
  • Assure that single use medication vials and bags are used only once per person and are never reused, or have remaining contents combined.
  • Prepare injections using appropriate technique in a clean area free from contamination or contact with blood, body fluids or contaminated equipment.

Licensed professionals are required to post copies of their license at their practice location, so be sure to look for them. Information on license status may also be found at the practitioner’s licensing board website.

Regardless of the result you are seeking to your appearance – protect yourself first. Ask questions of anyone doing these procedures and be vigilant. Your risk of infections from these injections depends on every practitioner using appropriate sterile techniques.

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Faciales de Vampiro y Riesgos de Infección