Ok, I’ve to admit IV infusions/ Drips and Vitamin Boosters, has been around for quite sometime. Many Tinseltown celebrities swear by it. Most celebrities use Vitamin IV infusions to give their immune system a kick. It is known to not only boost your immune system but also brightens your skin. This treatment is particularly popular when celebs have important schedules ahead whether a film shoot or an up coming tour – basically it helps to ensure that they will not “fall ill” despite their hectic schedule.
It was one of those things at the back of my mind for the past year, when I found out women in Shanghai would have IV Vitamin Infusions done on a bi-weekly basis to attain that brighter/ glowing looking skin. If you are unaware, it has been long known in Asia that the fairer the skin the more attractive the person. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always love the extra melanin to the extend that during my teens I was infamously known for my devotion to self-tans. However, after working in Shanghai for 3 years, the”fairness” bug did hit me. I’d say it was more of the glowing complexion that attracted me to this treatment as I’ve witnessed most Shanghainess women had that ‘je ne sais quoi’. Also, if you haven’t known by now, I’m a big beau-curious (beauty curious) person.
A few months ago, while I was visiting my then partner in Los Angeles, I was stuck at home, sick and bored. I’ve been in LA for quite a number of times and have visited most of the museums/ theme parks etc. so I decided to do something a little less touristy. I was actually under the weather and wasn’t feeling my best. So I decided to check out Yelp to see if there were any IV Infusion therapy within the West Hollywood area. I found one that seemed rather reasonable called Next Health on Sunset Blvd. So I called in and went for my appointment.
The most important thing to do prior to your IV session is to make sure you’ve eaten. It doesn’t need to be a heavy meal , just as long as you make sure that you’ve eaten sufficiently to fill your stomach. This is to avoid any feeling of nausea or dizziness. I had a quick lunch next to the clinic and in I went. The clinic looked kind of chic, looks very West Hollywood. They have an IV Infusion lounge where their nurses would hook you up with music, drinks and snacks, a Cryotherapy Room, Beauty clinic (PRP, botox, fillers & lasers), and allergy testing room etc. The clinic is rather upscale.
I was instructed to fill in their protocol medical history form prior to commencing my treatment. As I sat down, the nurse administered the IV infusion. The environment seemed calm and the nurse was really friendly. She was also very attentive. There was another girl that was seated opposite me, apparently having a hangover and had a flight later that day (yup, it was a small room, it was inevitable that I eavesdropped). She looked really unwell and the nurse quickly gave her a plastic bin- she then started vomiting. I was feeling extremely concerned and rather uncomfortable. It was like my internal alarm was on high alert. For one, I’m a bit germaphobe and two, I didn’t want to have the same thing happen to me. My treatment went smoothly but throughout my treatment, I had to witness this young lady seated across me vomiting several times. Ugh. It was by no means a pretty picture. I concluded my treatment with a little bruise on my arm.
I headed back to the flat, feeling slightly unwell. There could be several reasons for that – it could be a sudden influx of vitamins that entered my body and therefore my body was having a hard time readjusting, it could be that I only had a small meal prior, or it could be that IV infusion just isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. The clinic messaged me the next day to do a routine check up. I replied, informing the clinic that my condition had worsen over the last 24 hours, I was nauseous, coughing a lot more, vomiting, congested and had a fever. Then… radio silence. Not one word from the clinic. I was all too sick to bother picking a fight/ complaining about them.
The next few days was the worst. I was as sick as a dog. I was basically a walking virus. Thankfully my partner at that time didn’t really mind. Bless him. After about a week, I eventually started getting better. On the up side, my skin did glow for about 2-3 days but that was about it. For the first couple of days post treatment, my skin felt a little more hydrated and my pore size, diminished significantly. If you were to ask me would I do it again at $169+GST a pop? Probably not. Yet, I’m still a little curious would I have had the same reaction if I was well then – but I’m definitely not prepared to go through what I went through, practically a week from hell.