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?