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What to Watch Out for with Botox® Parties

If you’ve never heard of them, Botox® Parties are when friends, neighbours, and co-workers are invited to a hostess’ home for hors d’oeuvres, drinks, laughs and… you’ve guessed it, Botox® treatments. Much like the better-known Tupperware or Arbonne parties, the appeal is that Botox® is being offered at a low cost.

Sound like a good deal? A harmless bit of fun with your girlfriends? Wrong!

Don’t be fooled into thinking that it is, in fact, harmless. No one hosting or providing Botox® treatments during a “Botox Party” has your best interests—financial, in terms of treatment, and certainly not your health—at heart.

Beyond being hazardous and potentially dangerous, they’re often thrown for the benefit of the hostess, as they’ll receive a complimentary Botox® at no cost provided the evening is well-attended. They’re a cash grab for the injector, too.

These are just a few of the many, many reasons you should avoid these parties:

Botox® Should Always Be Performed in a Medical Setting

Botox® is now the most popular cosmetic procedure in the world. Because it has become such an integral part of medical aesthetics, it’s to forget botulinum toxin is still a medical substance. When injected in a medical setting by a trained physician, it’s a very safe procedure.

However, if injected in a non-medical setting by someone with questionable credentials or with little experience, mistakes can easily happen, contaminations and infections can occur, and errors in reconstitution of Botox and treatment dosing calculations are likely.

In fact, if the injections is available at a steep discount, there’s a chance the Botox® solution is diluted, or, even worse, contaminated. Botox® is pure and safe to use in the hands of a qualified injector.

Standards of Care and Confidentiality

Before injecting Botox in your frown lines, your treating physician should review your medical history, make sure there are no contraindications, discuss your treatment plan, review the effects, duration and all potential side effects so you can make an informed decision.

How can this be possible in the setting of a Botox® party where the injector is seeing multiple people all at once, in the chaos of a party atmosphere? Your personal info is almost certainly not confidential in this setting, and it’s unlikely the injector will even ask about your medical history or take the time to get you to sign a consent form.

Informed consent can only be given when sober and not under the influence of alcohol or peer pressure. Alcohol and Botox® are absolutely not a good combination, either, and can cause severe bruising post-treatment.

Questions to Ask Any Injector

This is your face and your health. Be responsible and take this seriously. When you decide to get a Botox® treatment:

  • Check the injector’s credentials
  • Ask how long they have been doing this
  • Ask about their medical qualifications
  • Ask where they got their training
  • See them in a proper medical setting
  • Ask your family doctor for a reference
  • Look online at ratings and be vigilant
Respectable physicians operate within the guidelines set by the College of Physicians of Ontario and as such, do not participate in Botox® parties or events such as these.

If you’re considering Botox injections, don’t take chances. Look for a doctor who has years of experience with Botox treatments and a solid reputation.

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Dr. Caroline Tosoni pursued her Medical Degree at McMaster University and completed her post-graduate medical residency in Family Medicine through the University of Ottawa in 1998. Fluently bilingual in French and English, she opened her medical practice in Ottawa in July of 1998. Since 2000, Dr. Tosoni has focused her medical practice on Cosmetic Dermatology and has received extensive training and obtained multiple certifications in various medical cosmetic enhancement procedures such as Phlebology, Botox® Cosmetic, Dermal Fillers, SoftLift,™ BeautiPhication,™ Belkyra injections, CoolSculpting,™ Cosmetic Dermatology and Aesthetic Laser Medicine. Dr. Caroline Tosoni is also proficient in the treatment of Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) and Migraine Headaches with Botox® Therapeutic. In 2015, Dr. Tosoni’s practice officially received a Focused Practice in Dermatology designation by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care and the Ontario Medical Association.