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Beauty Byte: Japanese Clinic Offers IV Drips For Better Skin

In Tokyo, beauty creams and supplements are so passe. At Tenteki10, a walk-in IV drip center in the luxe Ebisu district, you can roll up your sleeves to receive an IV filled with skin-supporting ingredients. For about $20 to $35, physicians will hook you up — literally — with a solution designed to combat complexion woes. Different packs address issues such as aging, hyperpigmentation, acne, and dull hair. (The "placenta" pack uses cell growth factor, and it's not clear whether this indeed comes from human placenta.)

All of this might sound like a scam at first, but Tenteki10 is a subsidiary of a medical clinic. The IV drips are given by trained physicians, but the service isn't covered by the Japanese healthcare system. Still, a Tenteki10 doctor insists that it the treatment isn't just cosmetic. He said:

It’s "preventive medicine." Also, we don’t publicize this service like a business, nor do we suggest it to anyone. We just leave leaflets at the clinic. We think of it as an option for people to raise their awareness of daily health management on their own.

Hmm. I couldn't help but notice that more than half of the treatment options address beauty concerns. Even if they did provide great results, you'd have to drag me kicking and screaming to jab a needle in my arm. Is this treatment something you'd be willing to try, or are you needlephobic like me?

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Amy89 Amy89 8 years
Japanies peoples selection normally like the tratditional products for skin care and hair care purpose. And normally leave simple life and this is the fact behind there health life.
Tokyosugar Tokyosugar 9 years
uso!(no way) I'm going to check this out. I live 3 stations away from Ebisu. In Japan people think that if you drink collagen your skin will become better. But as a scientist I know that it isn't true. We consume collagen on a daily basis as is. There are a lot of beauty myths here.
Kaori Kaori 9 years
Well. If there's evidence of this actually working. Then I'd do it. I'm hoping for thin needles though. My blood vessels are small and when I had my blood sampled the other day...yeah. That bruised me pretty bad.
missposh missposh 9 years
oh my gosh...i would be so down for that! haha.. no but seriously i would! i know that there's another injection that's available that you take right above the belly button~. i know a person who gets it done, and their skin is absolutely flawless~~~
ivygreene ivygreene 9 years
i already get acupuncture once a week needles don't scare me. i would dove to try this because it's getting to your beauty woes at the root of the problem, from within, instead of trying to "fix" it after the fact with creams
Meka_suga Meka_suga 9 years thanks
MartiniLush MartiniLush 9 years
I'm with Jude C!
omilawd omilawd 9 years
I'm not a big fan of needles, but if this was effective, I'd go for it.
shinosuke shinosuke 9 years
knew the japanese were innovative but this sounds scary for some reason ><
plasticine1 plasticine1 9 years
once things get intravenous, i draw the line
emalove emalove 9 years
VllyBallChck VllyBallChck 9 years
????????????????????? i dont really know about the needels!! lol
ChicaCity ChicaCity 9 years
I don't know. If it would really help my skin, I'd be all for it!
mondaymoos mondaymoos 9 years
I agree with that, bailaoragaditana. I'm terrified of surgery. But it has more to do with waking up missing a few hours of my life. I'm pretty vain, but my fear FAR outweighs my vanity there.
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 9 years
I don't like needles. I can just about cope with getting flu shots and the like, but... there's a limit to my vanity. No needles, no surgery. No bodily fluids or excretions.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I would totally try it. I'm not afraid of needles!
soulight soulight 9 years
I gave blood once, and it was very traumatic because it's not the same hypodermic needle they use to take blood, it's a thicker needle, so I can't see myself partaking in this form of torture. Plus this seems very risky, directly injecting chemicals.
mondaymoos mondaymoos 9 years
I'd probably try it if I it had been proven to work. I donate blood when I'm allowed, so big deal getting stuck with a needle again.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
Hm--sounds interesting to me, and at least it's cheaper than bird poop facials and bull semen hair treatments :)
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 9 years
I do not like having needles in me at all. I rather use skin care, sunscreen, eat pretty healthy (with some good dark chocolate and the occasional slice of cake allowed) and do exercise.
buffyanne buffyanne 9 years
I have no problem with needles, but those big ones they use for IVs leave me bruised. That I would have a problem with. Interesting idea, anyway. I wonder when/if it will catch on in the U.S.
Vikkylicious Vikkylicious 9 years
Placenta? That's weird even if it wasn't human. I think this needs more research before I would try it. The proven best thing you can do for your skin is eat healthy (for me, that includes also indulging myself with the occasional comfort food), exercise regularly, water, and,of course, sun screen.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
oooo i dunno if I could do the needles!
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