While many people are steering clear of cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures during the economic recession, others are looking for innovative ways to combat the signs of aging and achieve a more youthful look without paying a premium price. According to a recent article in Australia’s Herald Sun, Tupperware-style Botox parties are becoming a popular social trend throughout Melbourne and other cities in Australia.
Women are getting together for champagne, gossip, and a Botox jab in a fun social setting, and the events are often hosted by leading physicians. Botox has become increasingly popular in Melbourne in recent months because of a celebrity endorsement by Dancing with the Stars host Sonia Kruger. Women between the ages of 20 and 50 are heading off to a Botox party to get their fix, and bring a group of friends along to enjoy a treatment as well.
Critics of this growing trend say that patients should not be given Botox injections in this type of environment, and that all patients need to meet certain criteria to ensure they truly are good patients for this type of procedure. Some people are not psychologically ready for cosmetic changes, and their level of readiness can only be determined by a doctor who meets with them in a private, one-on-one setting. Botox parties may be responsible for fueling a ‘Botox addiction’ where the patient feels they need to keep getting injections just to feel better about themselves. For others, this type of themed event is just another social outlet.
Botox parties are also prevalent throughout the United States and the United Kingdom. However, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons warns that these events may not always be safe, and that prospective patients should take the time to do some research about the doctor and event operator before they sit down for their injection.