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    Woman charged after posing as a nurse to give vampire facials

    Woman, 49, is charged after posing as a nurse to give out ‘vampire facials’ made famous by Kim Kardashian that left clients with swelling and in pain

    • Maria Sabata Gutierrez, 49, was arrested last week after a doctor reported her
    • She is accused of posing as a nurse and giving unlicensed ‘vampire facials’
    • Some of the clients were left requiring medical attention or having painful side effects including swelling and unusual bumps
    • The treatment involves taking blood from a part of the body, enhancing it and then putting it back into a patient’s face in a bid to activate collagen cells 
    • The procedure gained popularity after Kim Kardashian shared a picture of herself getting the treatment on Instagram back in 2017 

    Maria Sabata Gutierrez, 49, was arrested last week after a doctor reported her to police after having to treat one the clients that was giving one of her vampire facials

    A 49-year-old Las Vegas woman has been charged after she allegedly posing as a nurse and gave unlicensed ‘vampire facials’ to dozens of clients that left some of them requiring medical attention or with painful side effects. 

    Maria Sabata Gutierrez, 49, was arrested last week after a doctor reported her to police after having to treat one the clients that was giving one of her vampire facials. 

    Gutierrez has been charged with furnishing a dangerous drug without a prescription and acting as a medical practitioner without a license. 

    Undercover detectives set up an appointment with Gutierrez and questioned her about the treatment and her equipment. 

    Gutierrez allegedly admitted to the detectives that she administered the treatment, which is marketed as an anti-aging procedure. 

    It involves taking blood from a part of the body, enhancing it and then putting it back into a patient’s face in a bid to activate collagen cells. 

    The procedure gained popularity after Kim Kardashian shared a picture of herself getting the treatment on Instagram back in 2017. 

    Gutierrez told detectives that she had carried out the procedures on about 50 to 60 patients over the last year. 

    She charged $100 for each facial. 

    The procedure gained popularity after Kim Kardashian shared a picture of herself getting the treatment on Instagram back in 2017. It involves taking blood from a part of the body, enhancing it and then putting it back into a patient's face in a bid to activate collagen cells

    The procedure gained popularity after Kim Kardashian shared a picture of herself getting the treatment on Instagram back in 2017. It involves taking blood from a part of the body, enhancing it and then putting it back into a patient’s face in a bid to activate collagen cells

    Police started investigating after one of the women she administered the treatment to was forced to go to a Las Vegas hospital on September 22 after suffering ‘swelling and pain on her face and head and bumps in her mouth’. 

    ‘Gutierrez was initially recommended (to the customer) by a friend who knew Gutierrez as hosting Vampire Facial parties,’ police said in their report. 

    ‘Gutierrez would drive to (a person’s house) to conduct the Vampire Facials every other week since April/March of 2020. (The customer) described the facials as Gutierrez drawing blood from (the customer’s) arm. The blood would then be placed into a machine which separated the blood, it would then be re-injected onto her face.’ 

    The doctor treating the customer became suspicious and asked the patient to call Gutierrez.

    Gutierrez allegedly told the doctor she was a trained nurse, had ordered the equipment online from Mexico and was ‘operating out of her trunk’. 

    The doctor promptly notified law enforcement of the procedures. 

    They set up the undercover meeting before returning the next day to carry out a search warrant on her home. 

    Police say Gutierrez eventually admitted that she was not a registered nurse.  

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