IV Therapy and Aesthetics

Although elective vitamin IV drips are a relatively new phenomenon, they are growing exponentially in popularity due to their effectiveness.

IV therapy and aestheics
Internal vitamin deficiencies, stress, toxicity and dehydration, can all add up to a suboptimal appearance.  While topical treatments and diet should certainly not be discounted as helpful, sometimes a vitamin IV can help reestablish the internal balance quicker and more efficient than oral supplementation or diet alone.

While there have been many studies on one of the original IV therapies – Meyer’s Cocktail, the medical community is still undecided on the benefits of more modern day equivalents when it comes to elective IV therapy. However, our anecdotal evidence could not be stronger; most patients report not only loving the way they feel after an IV drip but also how they look.

There are several factors which contribute to an improved cosmetic appearance from an aesthetic IV drip.

Glutathione

Proven to support the liver and kidneys, and decrease toxicity in certain medical conditions, glutathione is something of a wonder antioxidant. Supplementation of this antioxidant has been shown to decrease wrinkles, improve elasticity and increase skin clarity and brightness. It also increases the effect of other vitamins it is administered with, which is why it is often administered alongside vitamin C.

Vitamin C

The antioxidant effects of vitamin C can be very beneficial for the skin’s appearance. One effect is the suppression of melanin production, resulting in the gradual lightening darkened spots and pigmentation. Vitamin C is also a key component in collagen production – indeed the protein cannot properly form without it. Finally, through active oxygen removal, the skin is protected from free radicals and active oxygen that can cause acne, wrinkles, and blemishes.

Collagen

This protein is the most abundant element of skin, giving it its structure and firmness. Collagen in IV form can help replenish that found in the skin, and when administered alongside vitamin C (which encourages the formation of more) it is even more effective. When taken orally, collagen is rendered ineffective since it is broken down into its amino acid components in the gut. It is also too large of a molecule to be absorbed into the skin topically (although it does make a good moisturiser), making IV administration the best method of delivering the ingredient to the skin and joints.

Placenta

A very popular product in Asia for decades. In Japan, the National Health Insurance covers this extract for use in treating liver disease and menopausal symptoms, however many individuals still pay for it out of pocket for its other alleged benefits such as combating aging, fighting fatigue and treating insomnia.

As with most ingredients, too much of one element is not beneficial to our health. With antioxidants, an overabundance opens the possibility that the antioxidant will become an oxidant itself. Glutathione helps in this regard, and the dosage schedule is also important.
The Health Department does not regulate the distribution of vitamins and other supplements as they regulate medicines.