Over the past couple of decades, the idea of Botox parties has risen and fallen. Even the actual meaning of a Botox party is nebulous — ranging from a bunch of people gathering in a hotel room, to having a host in a house hoping to do enough business to garner her own free treatment, to an upscale event in a medical office. So, are these events respectable or are they shady?
To make your own decision, consider the following:
- Pricing. If the price for either Botox, Dysport, or Jeuveau (all are neuromodulators that are able to arrive at the same treatment result) is significantly lower than the average medical office, it may not be genuine product. Importing of false, non-FDA approved products is an ongoing battle, but for those that don’t get caught (and risk losing their
licenses) the cost is significantly cheaper than legitimate product. There is no way to know if it is efficacious or even safe. Remember: CHEAP BOTOX IS NOT GOOD AND GOOD BOTOX IS NOT CHEAP.
- Do you know the injector? Are they experienced and reputable? In conversations with many of my reputable colleagues, the consensus is Botox parties tend to "cheapen" the industry and remove the important practice of medicine from the equation. Safeguards need to be in place.
- Is there alcohol? Having wine or champagne always heightens the mood of a gathering, but not everyone makes great decisions post-imbibing. If there is alcohol, it should be consumed after one has had their treatment.
- Can the service provider be reached at a later date? Occasionally, there will be a need for a brief consultation once the product has achieved its potential. Perhaps there is a heavy brow or a quizzical eye look that needs to be revisited. Make sure you can see the provider if your
treatment warrants any touch ups.
- Is the environment clean? While these treatments don’t require sterile technique, everything should be aseptic (cleansed with alcohol or hibiclens, sterile needles, proper needle disposal, etc.) and the product delivered with gloves on the provider (sounds silly to say but you’d be surprised…) and all targeted areas well cleansed.
If you do decide to attend a Botox (or whatever injectable) party, just check off the above boxes. Being pretty still requires safety!