In South Asia, a fair skin colour is considered desirable. People spend huge amounts on creams, lotions and other treatments that bleach the skin. Some patients have ended up with burns and scars.
In the past years, Glutathione injection is becoming ever more popular. Gluthatione temporarily reduces the production of melanin that is responsible for our skin colour.
Benefits of Gluthatione injection
- Reduces the production of eumelanin that causes the brown and black skin colour
- Makes skin clear and smooth.
- Gives the skin a brilliant glow.
- Refines the pores.
- Reduces lines and wrinkles.
- Makes the skin softer and more moisturised.
- Reduces acne and risk of acne scars.
- Slows the ageing process.
- Strengthens the immune system.
However, with whitening of the skin, the patient will also lose the protection that darker skin colour gives. Therefore, the patient will be more sensitive to UV light than before the treatment.
Gluthatione treatment for skin whitening
The treatment protocol, varies from clinic to clinic and there is no official or recommended treatment plan for skin whitening. Often Glutathione injection or infusion is combined with injection of Vitamin C.
We recommend an injection or infusion once or twice weekly. Dosage varies from 600 mg to up to 5000 mg. Price depends on dosage. Maintenance treatment would be required every 3-4 months.
Before the treatment starts, we’ll take a number of blood tests and monitor these during the course of treatment.
Is Glutathione safe to use?
We only use CE or FDA approved Glutathione injections. Although, Glutathione has been around for some years now and has been used on humans for quite a while, we don’t know enough about potential long term (10-20-40 years) effect. That something is CE or FDA approved, does not mean that it’s guaranteed to be safe (and a drug that is NOT CE or FDA approved can still be safe). In other words, at present we simply do not know if and what long term side-effects or complications Glutathione injections and infusions can cause.
Some serious complications with Glutathione injections include
- Allergic reactions: The body can have an allergic reaction to any medicine, including Glutathione. This is just one reason why the injection should be done by a doctor or qualified nurse.
- Abdominal pain, especially when high doses are used
- Thyroid dysfunction
- Renal failure
As always, patients should weigh the potential benefits against the potential drawbacks, a treatment can cause.
Contraindications for using Glutathione
- Known allergy to Glutathione
- Pregnancy: It’s not known if Glutathione is safe during pregnancy
- Breastfeeding: It’s not known if Glutathione is safe during breastfeeding
Is there any guarantee that Gluthatione will whiten the skin?
The concept of guaranteeing a treatment is completely alien to medicine and medical sciences. There is NO medical or surgical procedure that gives a guaranteed outcome. This is true for pain killers, medicine used for hypertension, ischemic heart disease etc etc. Naturally, there is no guarantee that Gluthatione will surely lead to lighter skin complexion. However, the treatment is becoming ever more popular in the part of the world, where light skin is considered more attractive and desirable. According to some clinics and doctors 70-80% of the patients will see an improvement in skin colour. The remaining patients, will have no or little effect from the treatment.
What to do next?
As always, it’s important that a doctor assesses your situation before any treatment is started. We, therefore, recommend a consultation to discuss the options, including what protocol would be most suitable in each case.
Naturally, there will be many questions and uncertainties. It’s also vital that your expectations match what can realistically be expected from the various procedures.
We recommend contacting us on 03211554554 to set up a consultation.