Botox parties have been fairly common for several years, and don’t seem to be losing popularity any time soon. The term “Botox Party” generally refers to an event that is set up as a social gathering at a salon, spa, or even an individual’s home. A physician is then available to administer Botox or fillers. Sounds like a fun way to get some Botox, right? Well… not so fast. There are a few things you should be aware of before attending one of these events.
Now, just so you know where I’m coming from, I generally try to base my opinions on a combination of personal experience and literature in peer-reviewed journals. In addition, I also refer to the guidance of the American Society of Plastic Surgery (www.plasticsurgery.org). In this instance, they have have released a policy statement on the administration of botulinum toxin. This statement covers complications, patient selection, and ethical considerations. It also refers specifically to “Botox Parties”. The information given below is summarized from this policy statement.
First, be aware that peer pressure may be a factor. If several of your friends have had Botox, and are urging you to try it too, this doesn’t exactly give you an opportunity to think about the risks and benefits and make an informed decision. Second, alcohol may be served at these events, which can certainly affect decision-making. Third, a “party-like” setting does not necessarily maintain the level of privacy that you deserve when receiving a medical treatment. I always take a full medical history prior to administering Botox, and it can be difficult to complete this in a group setting, even if a private area is available for more individualized attention. Finally, the injection of Botox is a medical procedure. It is important that it be done in a clinical setting where there is personnel and equipment to manage any complications or side effects.
For these reasons, I recommend only receiving Botox in a doctor’s office.