PARTY MAY NOT BE BEST SETTING FOR BOTOX® INJECTIONS
While "Botox® parties," where people gather for
Botox® injections at someone's house or a hotel banquet room
in a social atmosphere with alcoholic beverages, may sound like
fun, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) reminds anyone
considering Botox® injections that the treatment, while quick
and minimally invasive with few side effects or risks, is still
a medical procedure. In 2001, more than 850,000 people received
Botox® treatments, according to ASPS.
As plastic surgeons certified by
The American Board of Plastic Surgery, the primary concern of
ASPS members is the health and safety of their patients.
Botox® is a safe and effective
treatment that enjoys immense popularity with patients. However,
the society advises people interested in Botox® injections
1. Check the Physician's Credentials
- Because of the complicated musculature of the human face,
potential Botox® patients should seek a plastic surgeon
certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery, the only
surgeons uniquely qualified to perform cosmetic surgery on the
face and all areas of the body.
2. Seek a Complete Patient Evaluation
- When a person is considering an elective medical treatment
like Botox®, he or she should consult with a physician for
an evaluation, as well as a full medical history, to determine
the most appropriate treatment.
3. Be Informed - Speak with others
about the procedure, friends, family as well as a physician.
When a treatment decision is made co-operatively between the
physician and patient, the physician should explain the factual
information about risks, benefits, alternatives, and reasoning
for the proposed treatment, after which an Informed Consent
document should be signed by the patient. The consumption of
alcohol before, during or after the medical procedure could
affect a patient's decision and outcome. The decision to have
a medical procedure should be made without the influence of
alcohol or peer pressure.
4. Choose an Appropriate Setting
- Botox® injections should be performed in a setting with
appropriate medical personnel and necessary equipment to safely
observe patients and deal with potential complications, as well
as provide for the disposal of medical waste as required by
Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations.
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