I am often asked if there are injections which can be of real benefit. Mixed feelings exist about childhood vaccinations and travel vaccinations, although generally travel jabs are more readily sought out with less trepidation and better compliance from patients.
I thought I would write a little on other types of injections that are less well known than Botox® and lip injections. These injections are more about health, vitality and wellness, all of which have a direct impact on how we feel and our day-to-day well-being.
1.Hay fever – Hay fever injections can be an adjunct or alternative to antihistamine medication. What is a hay fever injection and how does it work? The injection is a mild steroid that help to suppress the histamine response and bolster the body’s immunity. Hay fever sufferers usually only require one injection to reduce their symptoms over the season. GPs used to routinely carry out this treatment however, the NHS is now not able to fund these injections. The Harley Street Skin Clinic in Reigate is able to offer these to patients. The injection is an easy, convenient and effective alternative to tablets, nasal sprays and eye drops.
2.Vitamin B12 – Vitamin B12 deficiency is more common than you would think and vegetarians and vegans are more likely to be deficient. It is thought that 80-90% of patients who follow a vegetarian or vegan diet may be deficient in B12 as it is only found in animal food sources. Animal eaters however may also lack B12 due to poor absorption through the stomach. A reduction in the enzyme known as the intrinsic factor found in the stomach, will prevent the absorption of Vitamin B12. Intrinsic factor reduces dramatically with age and therefore reduces the absorption of vitamin B12, which is responsible for brain functioning as well as weight loss, fatigue, stress and blood pressure. Patients over the age of 50 could benefit from regular injections as will vegetarians and vegans. Patients who have these regularly report a small boost in energy, a small reduction in weight loss together, with better moods.
Vitamin B12 injections are generally considered to be very safe with no major side effects.
3. Aqualyx – Aqualyx injections treat small localised pockets of fat underneath the surface of the skin such as the chin, knees, cheeks and fatty tissue around the nipple (in men). Aqualyx works by interrupting the membrane of fat cells and making the membrane permeable or ‘leaky’. This causes the fat cell to gradually rupture and empty its contents in micro droplets of fatty liquid into the body. The micro droplets are then naturally metabolised through the lymphatic system and excreted by the body. The injections are suitable for small stubborn pockets of fat and are designed to subtly contour.