By Lauren Ferri For Daily Mail Australia
Published: 17:14 BST, 3 May 2019 | Updated: 17:18 BST, 3 May 2019
A nationwide warning has been issued after two people contracted HIV following 'vampire facials'.
The procedure - where the customer's own blood is re-injected into their face - was made popular after Kim Kardashian posted a selfie after receiving the facial treatment.
The Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery is urging Australians to be careful when considering popular medical procedures no matter how 'trendy' they are.
Costing between $1,000 and $1,500, the facial has risen in popularity in Australia since Kim Kardashian West (pictured) posted a selfie on Instagram with blood on her face in 2013
A nationwide warning has been issued following international reports of HIV contracted through 'vampire facials' (stock image)
The procedure - which costs up to $1,500 - involves micro-needling on the skin and stimulates collagen production, creating an injury which the skin then repairs.
Plasma is then spread across the face and acts as an energy boost which helps with rehydrating the skin.
A health spa in New Mexico exposed patients to HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C through not sterilising the microneedling device properly.