Botox. It’s gone up 76% from last year. Billions in sales. Lots of huge numbers. Ok. It’s huge, we get it.
As some of you may know Botulinum Toxin Type A is a protein produced by Clostridium botulinum which is basically the same thing that causes food poisoning, the kind that makes you yack.
The only difference is that when you use it for cosmetic reasons, it is safe.
Although the FDA has regulated Botox, it has something to say about some of the things people are doing with it:
The FDA isn’t too jazzed about “Botox Parties that are happening all over Los Angeles county right now”
Lots of doctors are buying up Botox in bulk and inserting themselves into different “mommy groups” to form “botox parties.”
As with anything it is way cheaper if you can buy in bulk, and these moms (and docs) are cashing in all over LA.
These botox parties are actually a huge part of Botox’s overall marketing within the continental US. It makes it way more affordable for people, and can “start the Botox addiction” if you haven’t already been hooked.
This is How a “Botox Party” Usually Goes Down, and How to Setup a Botox Party:
1. Usually 1 person aligns with 1 doctor and gains a relationship. They organize a time and a place to meet for the party.
2. The mom then sets a deadline to RSVP by, and spreads the word via word of mouth, social media, email, etc
3. Once its all been set, the person who is hosting phones the doctor to tell him or her how many people will be coming. That doctor then sets aside an estimated amount of Botox for the party.
4. Once the party is in motion, appetizers are on the table and drinks are flowing, a room set aside from the rest of the house is designed with a recliner style chair. This is where the Botox is administered.
5. Doctors accept cash, check, and sometimes even a Square card reader.
6. Sometimes the doctors will offer something to “calm you down” as a perk to the party as well, which the FDA is also concerned with.
It all sounds legit, right?
While the above scenerio is completely legal, the FDA has its concerns.
The first concern is that the Botox is not being properly stored or transported. If Botox is not stored properly it could cause poisoning.
The other concern is that people are using unlicensed individuals to adminster the Botox. Obviously this has its concerns.
The last concern is the setting. Some places (such as people’s homes) may not be a sterile environment. This could contaminate the process and transfer all sorts of bad stuff.
There really isn’t much the FDA can do about these small parties. Their goal right now is to warn people and get as many people educated about the process as possible.
For more info on botox parties email firstname.lastname@example.org to set one up.