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Botox party: Is it safe?By Mayo Clinic staff
Original Article: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/botox-party/AN02166
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Dr. Lawrence Gibson likens bad health information on the Internet to food poisoning.
Consumers, he says, need to be aware and will find reliable information at MayoClinic.com.
Dr. Gibson, a Covington, Ky., native, has been with Mayo Clinic since 1986 and is board certified in dermatology, dermatopathology and immunodermatology. He is a professor of dermatology at Mayo Medical School and a consultant in the Department of Dermatology.
Dr. Gibson has served as the fellowship director for dermatopathology and as chair of the Laboratory Division in the Department of Dermatology. He is especially interested in inflammatory disorders of the skin, including vasculitis, and in lymphoma affecting the skin.
"Electronic information has become a staple in the diet of a health conscious society," he says. "It's important to avoid misinformation and provide a credible source for health information. Using this analogy, it's critical to avoid 'indigestion' or, worse yet, 'food poisoning' by the ingestion of tainted information."
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Botox party: Is it safe?
Is it OK to get Botox treatments at a Botox party?
from Lawrence E. Gibson, M.D.
A Botox party — a social gathering at which Botox injections are given, often in a person's home — might seem like a comfortable and relaxing way to get Botox treatments, sometimes at reduced rates. However, a Botox party might not have measures in place to ensure safe and effective treatments. Most experts recommend having cosmetic procedures, including Botox injections, in a doctor's office — not at a party.
Botox Cosmetic, a form of botulinum toxin type A that's used to improve facial wrinkles and is often referred to as simply Botox, should be used only under a doctor's care. While Botox injections are relatively safe when given by an experienced doctor, side effects and complications can occur — including pain and bruising at the injection site and temporary muscle weakness. Although highly unlikely, the effect of the toxin can also spread to other parts of the body. In the event that something goes wrong, a doctor working in a medical office is better equipped to handle an emergency situation than is a doctor giving injections in a home setting.
Also keep in mind that drinking alcohol before getting Botox injections — a likely possibility at a Botox party — can increase your tendency to bruise afterward. It could also prevent you from fully understanding the risks and benefits of Botox treatment.
If you're considering Botox injections to treat wrinkles, don't take chances. Ask for a referral from your primary care doctor or look for a doctor who has experience with Botox treatments. He or she will go over your medical history and medication use as well as explain the possible risks and results to help you determine if Botox is right for you.Next question
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