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Botox party: Is it safe?

Medically reviewed on February 16, 2018

A Botox party — a social gathering at which Botox injections are given, often in a person's home — might seem like a comfortable 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.

Botox Cosmetic, a form of botulinum toxin type A that's used to temporarily reduce facial lines and 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 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.

If you're considering Botox injections, 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.

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