What is skin lightening? Our skin lightening program involves a series of intravenous injections full of potent antioxidants that result in lighter and more luminous skin. The injections are a mixture of the powerful antioxidants Glutathione and Vitamin C. By combining these potent antioxidants and delivering them through an injection, their effects are delivered straight to the areas of concern, revealing lighter and more luminous skin over the course of the treatment.
Glutathione is the most powerful antioxidant that is present in the body and is known as the “master antioxidant”. Antioxidants are nutrients (vitamins and minerals) as well as enzymes that are believed to play a role in preventing the development of such chronic diseases as cancer, heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, and diabetes. Glutathione is a substance produced naturally by the liver. It is found in fruits, vegetables and meats and is involved in many processes in the body, including tissue building and repair and boosting the immune system. Glutathione also causes skin lightening by converting melanin to a lighter color and deactivating the enzyme tyrosinase, which helps produce the pigment.
Vitamin C is an antioxidant and is essential for the formation and stabilization of collagen and elastin. Vitamin C’s important role in collagen production has made it a popular part of effective skin care regimens designed for skin clearing and antiaging.
Who would benefit from skin lightening?
Skin lightening treatments are effective on melasma, hyperpigmented and acne prone/ scarred skin. It also effectively controls acne, so clients will experience a marked improvement in breakouts and skin texture.
Is IV Glutathione and vitamin C treatment safe?
Yes, IV Glutathione and vitamin C is safe. It is natural and already present in our body. At our treatment doses, no adverse side effects have been seen. Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation on the internet suggesting undesirable risks like infections, kidney and thyroid issues which are seen at dangerous doses of these antioxidants or administered by non licensed individuals.
This treatment is safe when it is delivered by a registered nurse or physician. Additionally, While most experts say that controlled amounts of glutathione are not harmful, it is important for you to disclose your medical history before starting the course. Here is list of those who may not be candidates for intravenous skin lightening treatments:
- History of allergic reactions or sensitivity to glutathione
- Patients that have Stevens Johnson Syndrome.
- Vitiligo patients
How often do I have to do treatments to see results?
A minimum of 15 IV Glutathione treatments are recommended to see results. The treatments are scheduled one week apart or can be performed twice a week if the patient’s schedule permits.
Are the results permanent?
Results can be largely maintained with limiting sun exposure and a skin care regimen that includes vitamin C. Some patients return for a maintenance injection monthly or a short course annually. For skin care we recommend maintaining results with the Renew MD Skin brightening kit which will further support collagen production and prevent hyperpigmentation.
Every patient’s skin challenges and goals are different, which is why our patients get a complimentary consultation with the physician before starting the program and towards the end of the treatments. This allows the physician to track your progress and recommend ways to optimize results after treatment completion.
I am scared of injections. Can I still get treated?
We frequently use a nebulizer to deliver the antioxidant treatment for those patients with difficult to access veins or ones who simply do not like the idea of getting an injection.