What You Can Expect During Your First IV Therapy Session

What do Adele, Madonna, Katy Perry, and Rihanna have in common -- other than singing? News sources report that they and other celebrities have used IV therapy to boost flagging energy and help prevent illness. 


You can now access the same type of treatment. IV therapy, previously only available to star-studded icons, has gone mainstream and physicians are offering IV therapy to patients as part of a wellness regimen. 


At Cosmetika Aesthetics, our board-certified cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Cesar Aguiluz, administers IV therapy to many busy patients who want to stay at the top of their game. 

What is IV therapy?

If you or a loved one has ever been hospitalized, you’re familiar with an IV that delivers hydration and medication into your body through a needle that a nurse places in your vein. The procedure for IV therapy is exactly the same, but different ingredients are in the IV. Instead of the antibiotics and fluids you might receive in a hospital because you’re sick, IV therapy infuses vitamins, minerals, and other substances along with fluids into your bloodstream, bypassing your digestive system.

IV therapy is trending 

Patients who receive IV therapy range from busy chefs who stand on their feet for hours in a hot kitchen to business executives who suffer from jet lag. It’s helpful for anyone who just feels run down, suffers from a lack of energy, and wants to prevent illness. Good Morning America reports that the treatment tops the latest wellness trends


What is in the IV that I receive?

Dr. Aguiluz individualizes the IV bags for each patient. One IV treatment that is so common it has a name, the Myers’ cocktail, and it usually contains magnesium, calcium, B vitamins, and vitamin C. Infusions given at Cosmetika Aesthetics may also include other substances such as alpha-lipoic acid, glutathione, and NAD+. 

What happens during my first IV therapy session?

Before Dr. Aguiluz delivers your IV therapy, he reviews your medical history and may perform blood tests to determine any deficiencies in vitamins and minerals and detect any abnormality in your blood cells that could signal internal bleeding, anemia, or another disease. He analyzes the tests and your medical history and recommends an IV with specific ingredients that are best for you. 


During your treatment, you’ll lie comfortably in a reclining position. Dr. Aguiluz’s nurse finds a vein and inserts a needle into your arm that’s connected to a tube of the vitamin/mineral mix designed specifically for you. If you’ve ever had an IV before, you know what to expect. 


If you’ve never had an IV inserted, you’ll feel a quick pinch when the needle enters your skin, but it’s over within a second or two. Once the needle is in place, you may feel a sensation in your arm as the mixture flows into your bloodstream. Your nurse monitors the IV to ensure that you’re receiving the fluids at the correct rate. 

Who should administer IV therapy?

Only a physician should administer IV therapy. Dr. Aguiluz examines your medical history, reviews your medications, and interviews you to assess whether IV therapy is right for you. Some patients who take specific medications or have certain health conditions are not candidates for IV therapy.

To learn more about what IV therapy can do for you, call our office in South Pasadena, California, or book an appointment online.

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