Australian Doctors Host Botox Parties to Stimulate Business

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.

Further Reading

  • A new TV show in Australia called The Shire recently spotlighted plastic surgery and featured the stars of the show having now qualms about treatments. The show’s stars Sophie and Vernesa aren’t afraid to show off their fake breasts in revealing tops and dresses, and are both sporting the infamous lip-enhanced pouts. Vernesa admits that she’s been told not to have any more filler treatments in her lips to prevent her lips from touching her nose. She undergoes Botox for the first time on camera.

  • Khloe Kardashian made headlines recently after the paparazzi caught her with the infamous “trout pout” – the result of too many injectable fillers in the lips. Kim Kardashian’s younger sister appeared to have some very swollen and lumpy lips after leaving a Beverly Hills salon last week and many are suspecting that that star had cosmetic surgery. Celebrity plastic surgery doctor Dr. Anthony Youn did not treat Khloe Kardashian but believes that the star did have some type of injectable filler. He tells, “Khloe has a trout pout! The excessively plump appearance of her lips could be due to injections of a filler like Juvederm. Her upper lip is larger than her lower lip, causing her mouth to resemble a trout’s. Most injectable fillers last about 6 months in the lips, so given enough time we may see her lips shrink to a smaller and more typical size.” Another plastic surgery doctor, Dr. Michael Fiorellio who is based in New York City, made a similar conclusion. He suspects that Khloe had some type of filler treatment because, “Her lips look swollen and bruised. The product looks lumpy as well”. Dr. Fiorellio is suggesting that this Kardashian sister had either Juvederm or Restylane injections to make her lips appear larger and fuller. Injectable fillers are among the most popular types of non-invasive cosmetic enhancements around the country, and are an attractive option for women who want to add volume to their lips, fill out hollows in their cheeks, and diminish the appearance of wrinkles and lines. They’re also more affordable than having surgery and can be a convenient option for those who don’t want to deal with the long downtime and recovery process associate with a surgical procedure like lip implants or a facelift.

  • Kim Kardashian continues to shoulder rumors about having plastic surgery, and some people report that the star has had multiple procedures including liposuction, breast augmentation, and Botox. Kim has admitted to having Botox, as well as VelaShape treatments designed to treat cellulite and smooth out the skin. She reportedly undergoes laser facial treatments to maintain her smooth skin and ward off the effects of aging. But has she really gone under the knife for more extensive procedures?