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Botox Injections at Salons

Posted: 12:27 p.m. Friday, March 20, 2015

By Anita Mandal, M.D.
Question: I get Botox® every 3-4 months and it gets costly. Many salons and spas offer Botox for cheaper. Why go to a plastic surgeon’s office?

Answer: If Botox is administered at a salon by a plastic surgeon, it’s curious why a well-respected plastic surgeon would travel to a salon rather than do medical treatments like Botox in an office.

If you must have a Botox salon treatment, you should verify that the salon meets the standards set by the Florida Board of Medicine, OSHA, the HIPPA patient privacy laws and the Department of Health biohazard waste laws.

Many patients are enticed by lower fees offered by salons and spas. However, when patients pay less, the physician usually makes less profit.

There are costs with providing a medically equipped treatment room, properly trained staff, accurate medical history taking and consent for treatment. So many factors go into play, is the doctor making a worthwhile profit? One should be sure that the Botox is not being diluted or purchased illegally to compensate for lower fees.

If the salon is getting a cut, what type of agreement do they have with the physician. Federal anti-kickbacks laws prevent physicians from getting a percentage of a medical treatment in exchange for a referral.

Perhaps you justify a salon Botox treatment because the fees are better and you’ve told yourself “it’s just Botox,” not brain surgery. However, just over a decade ago, a patient treated with Botox was hospitalized. Numerous physicians were found to be using a botulinum toxin designated as “not for human use”.

It’s your face and it’s your decision. Do you want quality or quantity?


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