Consumers should steer clear of so-called 'botox parties' and visit a reputable clinic to undergo non-surgical cosmetic treatments, experts have advised.
Medical professionals have noticed a rise in the number of 'botox parties' but are concerned that these represent an inappropriate setting for such procedures.
The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (Asaps), which is the US equivalent of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (Baaps), claims: "Botox treatments are safe when performed by a qualified clinician in an appropriate setting.
"Any injectable should be administered in an appropriate setting using sterile instruments."
Experts also point out that patients are required to follow post-treatment instructions, including restricting physical activity for a period following the injections.
"In a party atmosphere, people may tend to forget such restrictions, particularly if alcohol is being served," the experts note.
Baaps advises: "Patients must understand that injectables are pharmaceutical products and must be administered by trained, qualified clinicians.
"Although these treatments are normally safe, the patient should always understand the risks and benefits associated with the procedure so an informed decision can be made."
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