Plastic Surgery Parties - A Risky Girl's Night Out?

While thousands of women head to the local plastic surgeon’s office for a makeover each season, some are waiting for a formal invite to the latest Botox party. Plastic surgeons looking for fresh new business are hosting these exclusive events at malls, cafes and even convention centers across the country. The soiree offers a chance for many women to ask questions about their coveted procedures, learn about treatment options - and even try an injectable filler or two. 

Plastic surgery parties are an ‘educational marketing’ effort that can help stir up business for many physicians during the slow economy. But are those Botox jabs outside the storefront really safe? 

What to Expect at the Plastic Surgery Party

For those accept the party invite, the girl's night out typically begins with hors d’oeuvres, champagne and some informational guides from the host physician. Raffles and contests can be part of the agenda, with prize packages and discounts on treatment at the cosmetic or aesthetic office. Curious patients can mingle with guests, speak with doctors and pick up educational materials about the practice and procedure options available. 

Some doctors go the extra mile at the party; Dr. Stephen Greenberg, a plastic surgeon with practices in New York City, recently hosted a ‘cosmetic surgery fashion show’ at a catering center in Bethpage State Park. According to the New York Times, “The event attracted about 200 people, mostly women, paying $20 apiece; it cost about $12,000. Dr. Greenberg described it as “like a bar mitzvah.” It had an open bar, a disc jockey and performers on stilts during cocktail hour. The dinner buffet included carving, pasta and dim sum stations. The goal was to create “a fun night, an educational night” that “demystifies” cosmetic surgery” (Source:

Is the Cosmetic Surgery Party Safe?

Supporters of the trend contend that the events are safe, as long as the board-certified physician is responsible for administering injections or ‘sample’ treatments.  However, Emax Health reports that ‘Consumers Are Naïve to Risk of Botox Parties’, stating that “The Physicians Coalition for Injectable Safety and the health and beauty community released findings of a joint survey reporting that 40% of consumers are unsure whether Botox parties are safe, and only 58% of consumers feel FDA approval of an injectable is important to safety.” (Source:

And what about non-invasive treatments for cellulite? Cellulite procedures including VelaShape and SmoothShapes are drawing thousands of women to the cosmetic surgeon’s office or medical spa, opportunities for getting rid of cellulite and tightening up loose skin without a single incision. Still, women who want to try a cellulite treatment may need to consider common risks involved – bruising, slight pain and swelling – before getting comfortable on the treatment table. Other types of cosmetic treatments finding their way to the party scene include:

Chemical peel treatments – a chance for women to try an anti-aging quick fix

Restylane and Juvederm – injectables that can plump up the lips or reduce wrinkles

Thermage – a skin tightening procedure that can firm and tone up loose skin on the face and body

Making sure the party is legitimate and safe may require some preliminary research; contacting the doctor and confirming that a physician will be attending the event ensures that any samples and trial treatments will be performed with the right protocol.

Learn more about cosmetic surgery procedures in our information guide, or consult with a physician in your area for more information about upcoming events in your area.