What to Watch Out For With Botox® Parties
For those of you who have never heard of them, Botox® Parties are when friends, friends of 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 the product in question, which in this instance is a Botox® treatment, is at a discounted rate.
Sounds like a good deal, harmless at first glance, something fun to do with your girlfriends? Wrong! Do not be fooled into thinking that it is in fact harmless. No one hosting or providing Botox® treatments during a ‘’Botox® Party’’ has your best financial interest, certainly not the best treatment outcome and definitely not your health at heart.
There are many things wrong with the Botox® Party concept. Botox® Parties most certainly benefit the hostess, since she or he will receive their complimentary Botox® treatment as a result of all of the evening’s attendees, and they benefit the injector, as they will generate significant revenue from the combined treatments of the evening. However, Botox® Parties are hazardous and potentially dangerous for the guests who are actually receiving the ‘‘discounted’’ Botox® treatments.
Here are only a few of the many reasons why YOU SHOULD AVOID Botox® 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 our everyday lexicon, many forget that Botox® injections remain a medical procedure. It involves the administration of Botulinum toxin A, which in the hands of a skilled and knowledgeable physician and in the proper medical setting, is 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, errors in reconstitution of Botox® and treatment dosing calculations are likely. All of these occurrences can have serious health repercussions as well as a bad cosmetic outcome for the person receiving the treatment. And what if an emergency occurs during a treatment? What if someone faints or has an allergic reaction? When receiving a medical procedure, you want to be in a medical setting where all circumstances can be quickly and safely addressed.
Standard of care and Confidentiality are tossed aside at Botox® Parties.
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? How can each individual’s personal information be kept confidential? Are there proper charts even made for each participant? Are treatment records properly recorded? Are consents being handed out, explained and signed? And where will this personal documentation on you be stored after the Party?
Informed consent can only be given when sober.
Consent cannot be given under the influence of alcohol nor under the influence of peer pressure, two elements that are definitely at play during a Botox® Party.
Alcohol and Botox® is not a good combination.
Drinking alcohol around the time of a Botox® treatment will increase your risk of bruising post-treatment.
Botox® is a personal choice that should not be subject to peer pressure.
When going to a Botox® party, there is an assumption that whoever attends, will receive a treatment. Both the hostess and the injector bank on that assumption. What if you decide to not get treated or if you have reservations about the injector? You may not have a choice to opt out. In fact, you may find yourself subject to the hostess cheerfully encouraging you and inevitable peer pressure from your friends to get a treatment. Botox® is not something that should ever be decided without careful consideration.
Is the Botox® Party injector a qualified experienced physician?
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,
- Are they actually a physician and look for their medical degrees,
- Ask where they got their training,
- See them in a proper medical setting,
- Ask your family doctor for a reference,
- Look on line 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.
Is it really Botox® that you are getting?
If the price is lower than what the market dictates, you should ask yourself why that is? Are you really getting Botox® or are you receiving some other neurotoxins or a counterfeit product bought off the internet? Each vial of authentic Botox® Cosmetic has been tested for safety, purity and is free of any contaminants. If you are getting anything else, you are taking a risk.
Are you really saving money?
You may be attracted by a lower price per unit but how do you know if the Botox® you are receiving has not been diluted more than it should or if you are receiving the number of units you are being charged for?
What happens after the Party is over?
What if the treatment does not work as well or for as long as it should? What if you need a touch up? What is your recourse if you have a complication, an infection, poor results, a droop, a peak?
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.
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.