Infusion Therapy at Beauty & Curves

I was recently offered the opportunity to go to Beauty and Curves for a Vitamin IV Drip. Lately I have been feeling extremely weak, sluggish and fluish so decided to take up the offer, Vitamin IV Drips is something that Moe and I have always wanted to try so he encouraged me to give it a go despite my fear of needles. I’m always feeling weak and tired and felt that Vitamin IV Drips could be something that would help give me that much needed boost of energy I also wanted to see why everyone has been raving about it.

Beauty and Curves is a medical and aesthetic clinic that prides itself in providing long term non-invasive, non-chemical treatments to naturally enhance your appearance. Situated in Bedfordview, Johannesburg. I stay in Bedfordview and Beauty and Curves is about 5 mins from where I stay it is easy to find. There is nothing uncomfortable about walking into Beauty and Curves it’s filled with natural light coming from outside and comfy couches to sit on while you fill in the necessary forms and wait to be called in for your treatment.

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Going in I felt nervous, it had nothing to do with the environment as it is a tranquil and peaceful setting but I felt nervous about having the Vitamin IV Drip as I’m terrified of needles and had no idea how I would feel after. It’s not everyday that you allow someone to jab you with a needle and have strange liquids going into your veins so that scared me, at least there was no hospital vibe that would’ve freaked me right out of there! Before I carry on and tell you about my experience let me tell you what Vitamin IV Drips are and what Beauty and Curves claims you can expect from them when going in for it.

What are IV Infusions?

Intravenous (IV) therapy or Infusion therapy is a method of feeding vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants directly into the bloodstream to correct intracellular nutrient deficiencies and help numerous health concerns. A few of the conditions that may be helped using IV nutrition techniques include hypertension, asthma, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, diabetes, hepatitis and even the common cold.

What can patients expect?

The infusion will be put up and monitored by our trained registered nurses. A doctor will always be available on site for assistance if necessary. IV Therapy is a minimally invasive treatment that is well tolerated by most people. A very small ‘butterfly’ needle or a micro-catheter is used to infuse the prescribed supplements. There is a low risk of serious adverse side effects which may include a slight after-taste of supplements shortly after the infusion. Urine may also have a strong odor or color shortly after completion. Some patients may also experience a sensation of warmth and flushing or feel a cooling sensation as the IV is administered. Intravenous supplements are very safe, beneficial and easy in application.

How do I know if it’s for me?

Make an appointment to consult with one of our highly trained doctors and they will assist you in determining what IV infusion would be appropriate for you. In addition, your risk factors will be evaluated and how best to prevent any problems or conditions, that you may be susceptible to, will be recommended.

At Beauty and Curves we integrate different forms of medicine to offer you many solutions to the same problem. With over 100 different treatment for face, body or general wellness, our dedicated and passionate doctors will cater for any budget and will go the extra mile to give you that 5 star experience.

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Now all about my experience at Beauty and Curves and with the Vitamin IV Drip. Firstly my appointment was made for 12 I had arrived early to fill in the forms and to relax before the drips were put in. At 12 I was taken to a little room with two small couches and two medical drip stands where the drip would be put up, the room in which the IV drip would be administered. I was told to wait for the doctor, a couple of minutes after 12 a nurse had hung up a drip and said that the doctor will be in shortly. I waited anxiously looking at the drip trying to imagine what the experience would be like. At 12:30 there was still no doctor to be seen when asked what was happening I was told again that the doctor will come in shortly. I waited for an hour till the doctor had showed up (she didn’t apologise for coming in late or didn’t give a reason) in that hour the wrong drip was hung up and had to be changed to the correct one (I was scared imagine if they had put in the incorrect drip at that point I should’ve left).

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After the drip was changed by the doctor I tried asking the doctor questions about the whole procedure, she explained to me what the drips contains, Vitamins C and B and that it will help give me a boost. I tried asking her more questions about the possible side effects before she could put the drip into my hand but the receptionist barged in telling her that she needed to be somewhere else right now (which was very rude), so the doctor put in the drips quickly and left without answering any of my questions or letting me know if she will be back to answer them (I thought the patient/customer takes first priority and if she knew she needed to be somewhere else why show up so late?). I was so disappointed as I felt I wasn’t given the full attention I deserve especially after not knowing how my body would react given that I am anemic and have low blood pressure and was not asked about any health problems/medical conditions in the forms, I know that it might not affect it in any way as the drip is made up of vitamins and would probably help with my anemia and low blood pressure more than anything else but I needed reassurance and more information from a professional. In terms of service I was not happy at all.

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The Vitamin IV Drip was yellow in colour (you can see on my social media pages that the picture of the first drip had clear liquid which was the incorrect one). The needle on the Vitamin IV Drip was tiny and stung a little going in I did not look when the needle went in as I said I’m  terrified of needles. It went in quick and easy. I could feel the contents of the drip entering my blood stream it was a cooling sensation going down my veins and I could get a strong taste of vitamins in my mouth, it took about 15 mins for the small bag of vitamins to empty into my body..it’s a simple and quick procedure which makes sense why celebrities go in for it. After the drip had finished (the nurse was fidgeting with the clamp on the drip rushing the last bit of liquids into my veins and tugging on the tube not realising that she could be hurting me) a nurse removed the needle, again I did not look, she wiped up the blood and put a band-aid on my hand. I asked the nurse if the doctor can answer some of my questions and the nurse replied by saying that I should check their website when I said that the answers to my questions were not on the website as I had a look at the website before committing to the procedure (2 weeks before my appointment)  she then said that she has my email address from the form I filled in and would email me, till today I have not received an email. I left Beauty and Curves at 1:30 when I was hoping to leave earlier as I had other things to do and its suppose to be a quick procedure which is why everyone goes for it but I waited for over an hour just to have the drip put in. I was being considerate going in early to fill in the forms before my actual appointment time you would expect the doctor to be considered of her patients/customers time too.

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After the drips I felt a slight boost of energy and then the urge to pee really bad which normally happens when on any type of drip. Now I know this might be too much info but my pee was bright yellow and had a very strong vitamin odour. After a half an hour I felt extremely sleepy not sure if the vitamins which was suppose to give me energy made me feel that way (maybe a side effect?) or because I didn’t sleep much the night before. I felt very hungry afterwards and needed to eat. My arm felt numb that night (arm that the drips were put in) and my hand was swollen from the needle, this is normal for me as I experience the same thing when I go for a Vitamin B Cocktail shot. My heart felt like it was racing for the rest of the day maybe from the initial rush of energy, the rush of energy and heart pounding is the same feeling you would get from drinking a Redbull.

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Despite my entire experience I do feel abit more energised and not so weak and fluish but its not a major difference, now that I have experienced the IV Infusions I don’t think it is something that I would do again, I’m not saying don’t go for it as our bodies all react differently but just saying that I would rather get a Vitamin B shot. The “service” I received from Beauty and Curves also plays a role in me not wanting to do it again.

The Vitamin IV Drip is R500 at Beauty and Curves, Bedfordview. The drips can be done every 2 weeks or when you feel that you need it for an instant boost.

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Is this something that you would consider trying or have you tried it before?

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