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BOTOX Parties – Why You Should Skip Them

BOTOX Parties

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.

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New protocols for office visits

May 12th, 2020

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic we have instituted many changes to your normal office visit. These changes have been introduced to protect everyone’s health and safety during your visit. All of our staff have been tested for COVID-19 and are negative. They are being monitored daily as well and will be practicing safety guidelines.

  1. If you are sick, do not come to the office. Call our front desk and we will reschedule your appointment promptly once you’re healthy again.
  2. Please wear a mask to your appointment.
  3. Do not bring someone else with you to your appointment. They will not be able to enter the office and wait for you. The only exceptions are for those who require medical assistance or translation assistance. Additionally, please do not bring any pets to the office with you.
  4. The day before your appointment, as in the past, you will be called to confirm your appointment. During that call you will be asked if you have any symptoms like fever, chills, muscle aches, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, loss of smell or taste. You will also be asked if you have been recently exposed to COVID-19 or have been traveling on a commercial airplane within the last 2 weeks.
  5. When you arrive for your appointment, please call the office from your car. A staff member will either tell you to come up to the office at that time or will ask you to wait in your car until they text you to come up. Before entering the front door of the office, you will be met by a staff member who will take your temperature with a no-touch forehead thermometer to be sure you don’t have a fever. They will again ask you if you have any symptoms of COVID-19. You will be given a mask if you don’t have one, as well as hand sanitizer since you touched the doorknob to enter the office. We will stagger appointments so that on the day of your treatment, you will not interact with any other patients.
  6. You will be taken directly to an exam room which has been cleaned and disinfected just prior to your arrival. There are also air filtration machines installed in each exam room which sterilize the air.
  7. Our medical assistants, who will be wearing N95 masks and protective eye shields, will take your history and prepare you for your visit. You will be asked to sign a new COVID-19 consent form in addition to any of the usual consent forms you may be used to.
  8. After your treatment, you will check out while in the exam room and any products you purchase will be brought to you. If you give us your credit card information the day before your appointment, we can handle the checkout without physically touching your card.
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