Botox is a substance manufactured from a neurotoxin produced by clostridium botulinum bacterium. It is associated with cosmetic and medical uses alike, and therefore is frequently utilized during elective surgeries. Botox doctors often use the substance to minimize the appearance of facial wrinkles. The results are significant, considering the injections are a relatively minor procedure. Some individuals choose Botox injections in lieu of more complicated and costly options, such as face lifts. Lip injections are another popular treatment among those seeking fuller, more attractive lips.
Botox is a useful remedy for various health conditions as well, including excess sweating, migraines, chronic eye twitching and leaky bladders. Currently, there are more than 20 medical disorders for which the substance is prescribed, such as post-stroke limb spasticity, chronic headaches and cerebral palsy.
Botox Injections at a Spa
If you are contemplating the possibility of receiving Botox treatments for cosmetic reasons, it is important to understand that choosing an appropriate establishment is essential. It is very common for spas and beauty salons to offer such treatments to their clients. Many even organize special events to attract new customers who are considering lip injections or similar procedures. However, there are many reasons why you should not get Botox injections at a spa:
Only qualified medical professionals, such as Botox doctors, are authorized to administer injectable treatments, whether cosmetic or medicinal in nature. Therefore, physicians who choose to practice at spas as opposed to their own clinics should be regarded with suspicion. This is because they may have limited training or only be interested in quick profits. This means you are running the risk of having your injections performed in a substandard manner. Cosmetic treatments such as fillers, laser procedures and Botox all require specialized training beyond the realm of a standard medical degree.
You must also consider the quality of the products being used if you are contemplating having Botox procedures at a spa. Medical grade products are regulated by the US Department of Health and Human Services, as well as the US Food and Drug Administration. Both organizations strictly forbid any medical professional from using substances from foreign countries, as verification of drug quality in such cases is essentially impossible. However, numerous spas offering discount injections have been guilty of this practice, and obtain Botox and similar substances from foreign sources. This means you are running the risk of being injected with a counterfeit, outdated, contaminated or diluted substance.
The cost for lip injections or other Botox treatments is considerably less at spas than facilities where doctors specialize in cosmetic procedures. However, as with most products, cheaper prices often mean substandard quality and the same is true for Botox. The price of such products is determined by the pharmaceutical manufacturer and is the same for all clients. If a spa is offering heavily discounted treatments, the products are likely diluted and at the very least will not offer long-term results as promised.
Concerns of a more serious nature include the chance of being injected with entirely fake substances that may be dangerous and result in negative health consequences. For this reason, you should only schedule your treatments with qualified Botox doctors. In this way, you will enjoy the peace of mind that comes from knowing your procedure is being administered by qualified hands in an establishment that uses only high-grade products. Dr. Patt is highly qualified and experienced with Botox and you can be certain that his practice provides only the best in Botox treatments. Contact us today for your next Botox appointment!