Consumers beware: Botox parties are not safe
May 26, 2011
Injectable facial fillers are becoming more and more popular. A recent report from The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery indicates that nonsurgical procedures made up 83 percent of all procedures in 2010, and that Botox injections were the most popular type of non-invasive cosmetic treatment.
However, it seems that with this popularity comes a rather alarming trend - Botox parties. Such underground gatherings offer a cheaper alternative to visiting a board-certified plastic surgeon, but the risks greatly outweigh the benefits.
"We are urging everyone to think about their safety when choosing a practitioner and by following our five-point checklist, patients can ensure they are in the best possible hands," Sally Taber, a representative of the Independent Healthcare Advisory Service, told the U.K.-based paper The Sun.
The five-point checklist urges individuals to ask about a practitioner's qualifications, training and official title to ensure that they are a certified medical professional.
Additionally, those seeking treatment should be sure that the injection is performed in a sanitary, safe and accredited facility, and that the substance being used was not purchased illegally on the internet.
The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), is recognized as the world’s leading organization devoted entirely to aesthetic plastic surgery and cosmetic medicine of the face and body. ASAPS is comprised of over 2,600 Plastic Surgeons; active members are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (USA) or by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and have extensive training in the complete spectrum of surgical and non-surgical aesthetic procedures. International active members are certified by equivalent boards of their respective countries. All members worldwide adhere to a strict Code of Ethics and must meet stringent membership requirements.
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