Is it OK to get Botox treatments at a Botox party?

Answers 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 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.

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 can increase your tendency to bruise afterward. It could also prevent you from fully understanding the risks and benefits of the treatment.

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.

April 10, 2015 See more Expert Answers