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 to:

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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