Sometimes I get the impression that people take medical cosmetic procedures too lightly. Instead of understanding that any operation has its risks and recovery time people feel that if the procedure is meant for cosmetic reasons rather then life saving ones there shouldn’t be any side effects. One case in point – Botox and fillers. In certain circles it is quite popular for girlfriends to get together for Botox and filler parties which are done in someone’s home – not a medical setting. If you are invited to such a party I would strongly advise against getting anything done.
“I would be wary of any type of ‘pumping’ or injection party,” says La Jolla, CA, plastic surgeon Robert Singer, MD. “It violates so many safety standards and puts patients at risk unnecessarily.”
Fillers or injectables may not have the same risks as more extensive treatments, but they are still medical procedures that have potential complication. It’s a bad decision to treat a cosmetic procedure as a party favor, and, according to Dr. Singer, here’s why:
1. You often don’t know the full background or expertise of the individual performing the procedure—he or she may not even be a physician. You should have fillers performed only by appropriately trained plastic surgeons or dermatologists in a medical office.
2. There is no customization of treatment. “Without thorough evaluations and patient charts, how can the individual doing the injections be sure of how to appropriately treat a patient?” Dr. Singer says.
3. You can’t be certain what materials are being used. “We’ve seen everything from silicone and paraffin to oils (which aren’t safe) being used as injection materials,” Dr. Singer says. These materials are also frequently injected in a nonsterile manner, which has led to infection, he adds.
4. A party isn’t the right atmosphere for medical procedures. “Oftentimes, there is alcohol involved and that dramatically increases chances for serious problems and negates any informed consent about the treatment, which is rarely given in those settings,” Dr. Singer says. If you are undergoing a procedure, you want the undivided attention of the medical provider without the potential distractions of a party.
5. There is no protocol in place to handle emergencies. “What will happen if someone has an allergic reaction that requires immediate medical care?” Dr. Singer asks. If you have the misfortune to have an adverse reaction or complication from a “pumping” party injectable, your injector may not be qualified or experienced in the treatment of your problem.
6. If it sounds like a bargain and “too good to be true,” it usually is.
So if you are thinking of getting fillers and Botox be sure to go to a medical office to have them done. It is always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to these procedures.