Are Botox Parties Safe?

Posted May 29th, 2019 by Social Media and filed in Botox, Plastic Surgeon Troy MI

Botox is a pharmacological injectable agent that is regulated by the FDA and is only allowed to be administered by a medical professional such as a Doctor, Physician Assistant or a Registered Nurse under the direction of a physician (varies by state).  In order to be certified to inject Botox, professionals must complete training that includes both clinical and hands-on courses. Aestheticians cannot be certified to inject Botox.

 

Injecting Botox for wrinkles may only be cosmetic, and it is relatively safe, however it is still a medical procedure.  Therefore is safest when performed in a medical setting. Complications can occur when the injections are not administered properly.  Your injector should review your medical history and have knowledge of any allergies. A qualified injector will thoroughly discuss the risks and possible side effects and have you sign a consent form that states you understand and accept the risks.  

 

If you are attending a “Botox Party” outside of a medical facility, ask yourself why is this person offering it in this way?  Is it purely for marketing or social reasons? You may be paying less but is it worth it? If a problem should arise, are you going to receive the proper aftercare?  Is your injector or someone in their medical practice available 24/7 for any concerns or issues?

 

In my opinion, it is always “better to be safe than sorry”, especially when it is something concerning your body, health and well-being.  It’s best to choose a reputable, experienced medical professional who has been certified to inject Botox and has a medical office in which they practice.  

 

We offer complimentary consultations to ensure you understand the treatment and determine if it is the right treatment to address your area of concern.  Call us today at 248-524-0620 and feel confident that patient education and safety is one of our top priorities.

 

Kristen Lotz, PA-C

Are Wrinkle Reducers Toxic? Learn more on how they are safe

 

Botulinum Toxins, such as Botox® and Dysport®, are FDA approved medical treatments for adults to temporarily reduce the appearance of moderate to severe wrinkles in certain areas of the face.  These wrinkle reducers are in fact derived from Botulinum Toxin but they are not harmful in the amounts that we administer to reduce wrinkles. A harmful dose administered systemically would be 2500 to 3000 units.  We normally inject less than 100 units locally to achieve the desired results. These products cause the injected muscle to relax for approximately 3 to 4 months smoothing the appearance of the wrinkle.

 

Wrinkle reducers have been FDA approved for cosmetic purposes since 2002.  They have been shown to be very safe and effective when administered by trained professionals.  It is important to do your homework and seek out a licensed and certified injector who has been fully trained in safe injection technique.

 

Still have questions? We offer complimentary consultations. Call today to schedule your appointment to learn how Botox and Dysport can reduce wrinkles. 248-524-0620.

 

Kristen Lotz, PA-C

Michael J. Schenden MD PC and Aesthetic Injection Practice

Botox and Filler, learn how they are different.

Many people come into the office confused about the difference between neurotoxins like Botox® and Dysport® and fillers such as Juvederm® and Restylane®.   While these two treatments can be complementary to each other they are not the same thing.  

 

Botox/Dysport are used to reduce the activity of the muscles in the face that cause wrinkles.  They are often used for dynamic lines which are the lines/wrinkles you see when you animate your facial muscles. They are mainly, but not exclusively, used in the upper face.  Most common places are between the eyes (11’s), forehead, and crow’s feet. This treatment is quick procedure, typically 5-10 minutes, and is done by injecting a tiny needle into the muscle.  There is virtually no downtime.  You may see some temporary redness, swelling, and/or bruising at the injection site.  Results take about 4-7 days to take effect and results typically last around three months. The relaxation in the muscles smooths wrinkles and gives you a more youthful appearance.  

 

Fillers, on the other hand, are used for areas of the face that have lost volume and/or are in need of some overall plumping.  Some fillers are used to fill in an individual’s “trouble’” area with collagen or an agent that helps to stimulate collagen growth others use hyaluronic acid.  Fillers essentially plump and lift the skin.  They are used on wrinkles that can be seen on the face at rest. Some of the more common treatment areas are cheeks, nasolabial folds, marionette lines and lips, but they can also be used in other areas as well like your hands. Filler injections typically take anywhere from 15-30 minutes depending on areas being filled. Typically there is little to no downtime, however, there is a risk of redness, swelling and/or bruising at the injection site. With hyaluronic fillers results are seen immediately. They may last anywhere from 6 months to more than a year depending on product and area treated. The added volume and softened wrinkles also provide for a more youthful appearance.

 

While Botox/Dysport and filler treatments are very different, doing a combination of both can sometimes give optimal results depending on how the individual is aging.  Our goal is to give you a relaxed natural look and to not have you appear overdone. Working with a qualified injector is key. To find out which option is best for you, please schedule a free consultation with me by calling 248-524-0620 today!  I look forward to meeting you and figuring out a plan that is best for you!

 

Dr. Clarissa Kroese

Aesthetic Medicine