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The Hidden Dangers of DIY Vampire Facials Exposed!



What is a Vampire Facial?

A Vampire Facial, also known as a Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Facial, is a cosmetic procedure that combines microneedling with the application of PRP to enhance skin rejuvenation. The term "Vampire Facial" was popularized by Dr. Charles Runels, who developed and trademarked the procedure.




The Procedure:


1. Blood Draw: The process begins with a small amount of the patient’s blood being drawn, typically from the arm.

2. PRP Extraction: The blood is then placed in a centrifuge, a device that spins at high speed to separate its components. This process isolates the platelet-rich plasma (PRP), which is rich in growth factors and proteins that promote healing.

3. Microneedling: The next step involves microneedling, a technique where tiny, sterile needles create micro-injuries in the skin. This stimulates the body’s natural healing process and promotes collagen production.

4. Application of PRP: Once microneedling is complete, the PRP is applied to the treated areas. The growth factors in the PRP penetrate the skin through the microchannels created by the microneedling, enhancing the skin’s ability to heal and rejuvenate.


At Rejuv Cosmetic Surgery, the Vampire Facial is celebrated for its innovative treatment  popularized by Dr. Charles Runels which results in tremendous benefits such as enhancing skin texture and tone, reduction of fine lines and wrinkles, improvement in skin elasticity, minimizing pores size, scar reduction and brighter complexion. Honoring his dedication to safety has set the bar for cosmetic procedures, especially in light of a concerning public health report from the Center of Disease Control (CDC) regarding unsafe practices at an unlicensed spa.


The Importance of Licensing and Oversight

It is crucial to have Vampire Facials performed by licensed and experienced professionals. Improper handling of PRP or microneedling equipment can lead to serious health risks, including blood disorders, Keloid or Hypertrophic scarring, active infections and transmission of autoimmune diseases. The CDC report titled "Investigation of Presumptive HIV Transmission Associated with Receipt of Platelet-Rich Plasma Microneedling Facials at a Spa Among Former Spa Clients - New Mexico, 2018-2023" highlights a critical incident at 'Spa A,' where improper practices led to multiple HIV transmissions. This incident underscores the paramount importance of stringent regulatory oversight and adherence to licensed medical standards. Licensed medical spas like Rejuv Cosmetic Surgery ensure that all procedures are conducted under strict medical standards, using sterile equipment and proper techniques to ensure patient safety and optimal results.


Rejuv’s Commitment to Patient Safety

In response to the risks highlighted by the CDC’s findings, Rejuv Cosmetic Surgery ensures that all procedures are performed in accordance with FDA-approved standards. We use only licensed and properly maintained equipment, and our facilities adhere to the highest standards of hygiene and safety. Our staff are highly trained and committed to maintaining the integrity of all cosmetic procedures, including the Vampire Facial.



Addressing Public Health Concerns

The case in New Mexico involved a spa operating without proper licenses, using inadequate infection control measures, and lacking appropriate medical oversight—factors that contributed to the HIV outbreak. At Rejuv Cosmetic Surgery, we ensure that all medical supplies are stored properly, sterilization equipment is up to standard, and disposable items are never reused, thereby minimizing any risk of cross-contamination or infection.


Proactive Measures and Continuous Education

Following the CDC’s involvement in the New Mexico case, Rejuv Cosmetic Surgery has intensified efforts to educate both practitioners and patients about the risks associated with non-compliant facilities. Our clinic practices continuous education on the latest safety protocols and medical advancements to ensure that our procedures not only meet but exceed current medical standards.


Consultation with a Qualified Professional:

Before undergoing a Vampire Facial, it is crucial to have a thorough consultation with a qualified healthcare provider. They will review your medical history, evaluate your skin condition, and discuss any potential risks or contraindications. This ensures that the procedure is safe and suitable for your specific needs and circumstances. 


At Rejuv Cosmetic Surgery, your health and beauty are our top priorities. We invite you to experience the transformative benefits of the Vampire Facial in a safe, professional, and caring environment. Join us in embracing a scientifically-backed approach to cosmetic enhancement, where patient safety is guaranteed through stringent adherence to medical and ethical standards.

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