A Tupperware Party With Needles!? Be Careful of the Growing Botox Party Trend
Event: it’s Botox night at Mrs. Droopy Eyes!
Place: 123 My House
Date: July 31st, 2015
Come party with us at your own risks!
Members of the Dermatological and Plastic Surgery Societies and the College des Medecins du Quebec are not welcomed.
A HOUSE PARTY IS NOT A SAFE SETTING FOR ELECTIVE MEDICAL TREATMENTS.
“It is not a good idea to mix medicine with merlot!”
Botox parties are a popular trend in the United States. However, the practice of injecting Botox and other medical products, especially fillers, at social events in private houses is heavily discouraged and decried by both the Dermatological and Plastic Surgery Societies and the College des Méaasaaaadecins du Quebec. The so called Botox parties are modeled after the old fashioned Tupperware parties where a group of people gather in a social setting for good munchies, good conversation and a good ol’ wrinkle zapping with friends! These social gatherings are thought to be a convenient means of providing treatments more economically and thus making the procedure more affordable to patients.
However, these events may cross the line between medicine and fun. It is not a good idea to mix medicine with Merlot! Passing the platter of cheese, signing the waiver and going to the next room to have the procedure performed is not considered professional and may be potentially dangerous; notwithstanding, the potential liability that such events pose for both the treating physician and the host of such gatherings if complications were to occur.
A house party may not allow for a complete and confidential medical history which is a must prior to any treatment. That may be crucial information in the event of an emergency or adverse reaction to the Botox toxin or a dermal filler injection.
Botox and fillers should be administered by an experienced physician. Generally speaking, the learning curve prior to proficiency with Botox is approximately 12 months and likely longer with fillers such as Restylane.
The physical setting of a home may be inappropriate for administering these forms of injections. Proper pharmaceutical storage technique, verification of drug and dose, and sterile conditions are a must. Furthermore, medication and equipment that might be needed in an emergency may not be readily accessible.
Patients need to restrict certain physical activities after undergoing these procedures, or they risk complications such as droopy eye or abnormal movement of injected fillers. A party atmosphere might result in people forgetting such restrictions, particularly if alcohol is served.
Dr.Teanoosh Zadeh does not subscribe to the administration of Botox and fillers at house parties. However, we do offer certain discounts when friends come together!
The important point is that the identical standards of medical care are maintained at these gatherings as in a routine individual office consultation. All patients deserve the same highest standard of care irrespective of whether or not they are benefiting from a special group rate for these treatments.