Few and far between are the people who claim the truly don’t like parties. Even the wallflowers like to go to parties to be “The Wallflower.” However, the type of party one person attends is vastly different from what another might attend. Besides the run-of-the-mill kegger the college kids are still fond of, other party fads have come and gone. There was the fondue party; the Tupperware party; parties to celebrate various celestial objects (Halley’s Comet and Hale-Bop come to mind), and a litany of others (Disco parties?). Perhaps the latest trend is that of the BOTOX® party.
Aimed primarily at women, a BOTOX® party is where a group gets together for food and gossip in the social setting of the local BOTOX® dealer (a.k.a. cosmetic surgeon) to get injections at the same time. Due to the cost of BOTOX® injections, this isn’t like plunking down five bucks at the door, or bringing something for the pot luck. This is for those who like their friends, but might like their friends better without wrinkles. (How do you RSVP “I will not attend” when all your friends are going?) By being injected with the botulinum toxin as your friends gather, is that not friendship? These parties have reportedly spread from the major cities into minor hubs and then into the suburbs as BOTOX® injections become more socially acceptable.
Yet, like the concerned adult whose child is going to a party where there may be debauchery afoot, many doctors and groups, such as the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) are not happy about this trend. While BOTOX® is a mostly safe procedure, this is the case because it is performed by qualified clinicians, and not just anyone can do this correctly.
BOTOX® is one of the most popular non-invasive cosmetic procedures performed today. It is used to treat wrinkles around the eyes (crow’s feet), nasolabial folds, and other areas of the face. The injection is delivered into the muscle of the area to block the nerve impulses delivered to that area – it’s numbed. If your cosmetic surgeon is qualified, then party on. However, the ASAPS also wants you to be able to answer “yes” to the following:
- Have you been asked to provide a complete medical history?
- Have you been advised of alternative treatments?
- Have you been advised of the risks and given consent?
- Is the clinician or doctor qualified to administer BOTOX® treatments?
- Is the setting appropriate for the treatment, including being able to handle emergencies?
- Do you know what you are being injected with?
- Are you willing and able to follow post-treatment instructions?
- Will you receive follow-up care?
Because there has been some concern about BOTOX® in the news, you absolutely need to be aware of what you are getting into. You must also realize that there are risks involved. It’s fine to party, but do it safely. And, because BOTOX® can last for months, you can think back to that glorious day where you and your friends found out just how long party favors can last.
If you are interested in finding out more about Botox, please contact an experienced cosmetic surgeon in your area. Parties of eight or more will have gratuity included in their bill.