Home cosmetic parties aren’t a new idea – the iconic pink Cadillacs of Mary Kay consultants have ushered in a whole new world of hair, makeup, skin and nail care companies that operate on a home party model. But the newest trend in home parties is slightly more alarming, and begs more serious thought. Cosmetic enhancements, like lip fillers and Botox, can now be done in the comfort of your own home, while you party.
We all have busy lives, and that’s why convenience services, like Amazon prime and grocery deliveries, have really taken off in recent years. But what happens when procedures like Botox, which have traditionally taken place in the sterile environment of a dermatologist’s office, move into the living room? When does the trade-off between convenience and cheaper service stop making sense?
While not technically illegal, cosmetic procedure home parties, which started with Botox and have recently been blown out to offer lip fillers, come with inherent risks. In most jurisdictions, fillers and injections for cosmetic enhancement need a prescription and have to be done by a qualified health professional – and in many home parties, even these basic rules aren’t being followed.
The first issue, obviously, is the environment – not sterile. But it doesn’t stop there. From using products of unknown quality (or even a different product altogether) to contaminated needles, there’s also a risk in the placement of injections – they could be injected into an artery, which can cause dead skin or even blindness. Top that off with the risk of infection or allergic reaction, and you’ve got a full picture of the risks associated with a home cosmetic enhancement party. The biggest consideration, however, is the who – who is actually doing the procedure? Is it a doctor? A nurse? Are they licensed? Do they know what do to if something goes wrong?
The reality is, despite the convenience factor, there some pretty major implications when cosmetic enhancements go wrong.
So why is this such a hot new trend? Aside from making cosmetic enhancements into a fun home spa party or social event, being at home puts people who may not be comfortable with needles at ease. It allows them to be in a familiar environment with friends, and puts some of the scarier clinical aspects of cosmetic enhancements to rest entirely. It also tends to come with a cheaper price tag, as there is no clinic overhead. The list of people throwing caution to the wind and jumping into the wacky world of cosmetic enhancement parties ranges from bridal parties and college friends to business men and women, and the number of cosmetic procedures being performed at home is growing at an alarming rate. If you’re going to take the plunge, do your research… sometimes you get what you pay for.