Over the last decade, when it came to getting BOTOX, all one had to do was ask, “Where’s the party?” The popularity of “BOTOX Parties” spread fast, with thousands of women flocking to social gatherings to share gossip, a few glasses of wine and a couple units of BOTOX to release furrowed brows, smooth fine lines, and put crow’s feet out of sight. Today, BOTOX parties are even promoted with online deals and discounts. While it seems like a fun way to improve one’s appearance, having BOTOX is still a medical procedure and one that should be done in the doctor’s office, not the dining room.
Why not? After all, a home setting would seem more comfortable and relaxing than visiting a medical office. Additionally, BOTOX parties sometimes feature reduced rates because of the volume of clients clamoring for the procedure. Even more, there’s usually a platter of goodies to nibble on and alcoholic beverages to sweeten the event. What could be better?
First of all, it’s better and wiser to have BOTOX administered by an experienced provider such as a dermatologist, plastic surgeon, nurse practitioner or registered nurse. This is because BOTOX, a form of botulinum toxin type A, is a medical procedure. While the risk of side-effects is very small, BOTOX can occasionally spread to other parts of the body and cause temporary muscle weakness. Being in the right setting helps to ensure you have access to the care you need should an issue arise. At many BOTOX parties, the practitioner has basic experience and training in giving injections, and is not equipped to handle a “what-if” situation.
Second, parties often feature alcohol. While sipping on a glass of champagne as your wrinkles are smoothed away sounds ideal, mixing alcohol with BOTOX can result in more pain and bruising at the injection site. Another complication is that a medical procedure, such as BOTOX, cannot be legally consented to while you are under the influence. Yes, even one glass of wine can put a party reveler into this category.
Additionally the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has broadcasted its concern over these parties being held in inappropriate venues such as gyms, salons and hotel rooms. These non-professional settings can increase the likelihood for incorrect dosing, less-than-sanitary conditions and improper techniques.
BOTOX, however, can be safely given in the right setting, by trained professionals who have performed the procedure thousands of times. This means looking for a practitioner who knows facial anatomy and has well-documented qualifications to give BOTOX, such as a registered nurse or nurse practitioner under the guidance of a licensed medical doctor.
If you’re thinking about BOTOX to treat your wrinkles, skip the party and schedule a consultation with Lasky Aesthetics and Laser Center of Beverly Hills, where our highly-trained nurse and nurse practitioner, guided by our founding medical doctors, administer tasteful, effective cosmetic muscle relaxers to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Our professional approach and pre-procedure consultation will help determine if BOTOX is right for you.« Back to Articles & Tips