Friends Don’t Let Friends Inject Botox

Botox parties seem to be the new thing. What ever happened to get-togethers for a wine and cheese tasting or a round of Bunko? Nowadays friends are gathering at each other’s homes and performing DIY Botox injections as seen on YouTube or inviting a specialist to administer the filler. These parties are extremely dangerous not to mention the potential for breaking the law. It does not stop here, however. Go to the Internet and you can buy illegal Botox and have it mailed to your home for self-injection.

Here is the “rationalized” reason for participating in this sort of activity.

It is so much cheaper than going to a plastic surgeon.

Now, let us look at this from a more rational point of view. Botox is a drug made from a neurotoxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum called botulinum toxin. It is used medically to treat certain muscular conditions and cosmetically remove wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing muscles. [1] Botox paralyzes muscle. Common sense dictates that knowing the qualifications and training of the individual administering the injection as well as the source of the substance that is to be injected should top your list of criteria when deciding if Botox is right for you. Comparison price shopping should be the last thing considered nor is this the time to cut corners.

What you are really buying when you buy Botox is the experience of the surgeon. This includes a vast medical knowledge of the facial anatomy, as well as the injection amount needed for optimum results. Having a surgeon inject Botox in your face also takes a great deal of trust on your part. You should never settle for a “cookie-cutter” approach to this procedure. Unless you are a twin, no two faces are alike. Your face should be treated as the unique asset that it is. Your surgeon should discuss your procedure and any possible side-affects.

How will you know if you are receiving an FDA approved product? Unless you are in the care of a reputable, trained professional with a medical license to administer prescription drugs, you cannot know. Recently the FDA has taken serious legal action against several illegal suppliers who were importing and distributing Botox in the United States. Illegal importers may not follow regulations on how Botox should be stored and transported. Because Botox has a limited shelf life, you may be getting an expired product or one that has been stored improperly and has lost it’s effectiveness. Why take the risk and suffer the unspeakable side-affects? The first and only FDA-approved treatment to temporarily improve moderate to severe lateral canthal lines and glabellar lines, commonly known as crows feet, is Botox Cosmetic® by Allergan.

To be absolutely safe, patients should allow only board certified plastic surgeons and facial plastic surgeons to administer Botox or any other injectable. Now, put the syringe down and step away from the mirror.

This October 29th and 30th, join us at our Bootox event! Each unit of Botox is only $12 per unit and every treatment is administered by Dr. Sanders, a Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon and a Diamond level injector for Allergan. Spots are limited so call us to reserve yours today!

[1] Nichols, H., Aug. 2015, Medical News Today,

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