Like the Tupperware parties of the past, Botox parties are a growing social trend in the United States. As described on its website, Botox is a prescription medicine injected into facial muscles to temporarily improve the look of moderate to severe crow’s feet and frown lines. In recent years, Botox has become so popular that people have begun organizing upscale events for groups to socialize while receiving injections. These parties are often held in private residences, which offer a relaxed environment, and injections may be given at a discounted price. On the surface, Botox parties appear to offer a fun way to minimize wrinkles and improve appearance, while also enjoying some downtime with friends. Take a closer look, however, and one may find these events are ill-advised and sometimes even dangerous, creating an inappropriate environment for ensuring safe and effective treatments.
Allergan, the maker of Botox, recommends injections be administered in a medical office by trained professionals. While Botox parties should be hosted in a location equipped to handle a medical emergency if anything should go wrong, they usually aren’t. In fact, at these events, the credentials of the person injecting are often unverified, as is the substance being injected. Because of the growing problem of inauthentic injections, Botox has recently added tips for verifying authenticity on its website. In an environment where Botox is being injected, “proper pharmaceutical storage technique, verification of drug and dose, and sterile conditions are a must,” notes RealSelf.com.
In addition to the potential for inauthentic injections, these events also fail to include proper medical recording and follow-up appointments, both essential to ensuring the safety and quality of the procedure. Attendees at Botox parties may be unaware of the proper post-injection protocol, which can decrease the effectiveness of the procedure, and may have been misinformed about the expected results.
Alcohol at Botox parties creates a fun and festive environment, but can have negative consequences. As emphasized by Mayo Clinic, drinking before or after receiving Botox injections can lead to increased swelling or bruising at the injection site, as well as impede someone from understanding the benefits and risks of the treatment. The party’s group setting can also create a sense of pressure to participate, whether from friends or the injector. Both the injector and patient should be fully alert and engaged in the injection process.
Botox parties also downplay the importance of personalized consultations, instead involving minimal assessments of individual needs. Injections of Botox should be administered according to the facial structure of each patient. Misplaced Botox can lead to adverse results such as drooping eyelids or a “plastic” appearance to the face. In some cases, Botox can also spread to other parts of the body. The goal of Botox is achieved a relaxed, minimally-wrinkled look. While the procedure has become very commonplace, administration should always be case-specific and done by a Botox trained medical professional.
Allergan also recommends that patients consult their doctor before receiving injections. Medical history, current medications and whether or not someone is pregnant are among topics that should be discussed prior to treatment. In the group setting of a Botox party, there is less time for preliminary screening which increases risk of complications.
At Plastic Surgery Texas, all of our aestheticians are personally trained by Dr. Anderson to ensure the highest standards of quality and results. You can learn more about our approach to Botox on our website.
In the month of September, we’re offering an amazing and safe alternative to the Botox party. Please join us for Wrinkle-Free Wednesday on September 28 from 9am-5pm. Receive Botox at only $10 per unit at either our Fort Worth or Weatherford location! You’ll enjoy a discounted price, personalized assessment and attention from our world-class aestheticians, in a safe, sterile environment and protocol you can trust.
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