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Over the past decade, cosmetic treatments like facial injections have grown in popularity and become more socially accepted. That has given rise to social events involving groups of friends who get cosmetic injections together in someone’s home. These are known as Botox parties.


Are Botox Parties Safe?

Many people who wonder how to look younger opt for facial injections like Botox. By relaxing the muscles in the face, these cosmetic injections effectively smooth out lines and wrinkles, including crow’s feet, frown, and forehead lines.

Since results only last for about 3 to 4 months, patients need to undergo several sessions each year. The mounting costs have prompted a new movement of inexpensive Botox treatments, conducted by unlicensed mobile providers, either at their or their clients’ homes. With zero overhead, a mobile practitioner can offer cheaper rates, especially for larger groups of people.

These deals and discounts can seem appealing to people but harbor a number of risks, including poor sanitation and a lack of experience with the practitioner.


Mishandled Botox Treatment in Twin Falls

In August of this year, KVMT 11 reported that Twin Falls resident Jenni Burk called for changes to the practice of Botox parties.

On the recommendation of a friend, she went to get cosmetic injections to treat her migraines. Upon arrival, she was shocked to learn that the treatments were conducted at the provider’s home, a place that neither met salon nor medical clinic standards.

Although she was weary of the surroundings and the injector, she underwent the treatment. Only one day later, she experienced excruciating pain in her face. It turned out that the woman who provided the cosmetic injections was not licensed to administer Botox in Idaho.

Burk later learned that providers didn’t need to be licensed to administer injectable cosmetics in the state. Now, she calls for a change, saying, “There is no reason why a medical provider should be able to inject a needle into somebody’s skin in their home.”

Laura Matjasich, Owner of Majestic Aesthetics and Wellness agrees, adding, “It’s careless, it’s not safe, and it’s doing a disservice to our community.”


The Way Forward

In 2020, a new bill called the Idaho Injectables Cosmetics Safety Act was presented but withdrawn by lawmakers due to the global Covid-19 pandemic. Both Burk and Matjasich are hoping to see a legal change to improve client safety and enhance treatment standards within the state.

With proper rules and regulations in place, they believe that people no longer have to worry about where their cosmetic injections are from and whether their injectors are licensed. This would provide customers with the peace of mind that they always receive quality treatments that are both safe and effective.

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