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BOTOX – A Medical Treatment Not a Party Favor or Drive-Thru Order

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve seen an increase in drive-thru offerings from longer lines at fast food restaurants to nonprofits holding drive-thru food pantries and, of course, the drive-thru coronavirus testing. While these options keep social distancing and safety in mind, there are other services that should never be ordered in a drive-thru manner, and one of those is medical aesthetic treatments like BOTOX.

Yet, you may have read about Dr. Miami and others recently offering drive-thru BOTOX or heard about the upswing in BOTOX parties. These options might seem like quick and easy fixes to the treatments you were missing during the COVID-19 lockdown, but they are actually dangerous, and in some states, illegal.

The practitioners at Greenwich Medical Spa highly discourage both BOTOX parties and drive-thru BOTOX treatments.

It’s important to remember that BOTOX is a medical treatment that needs to be administered by an experienced provider in sterile and controlled environment. The patient – you are still a patient, even at a party – must first receive a full medial assessment from the medical provider. All the risks and benefits of the treatment should be explained in advance, and an informed consent should be obtained before administrating the treatment. And unlike what happens after you drive off or leave the party, the medical provider should be available afterwards in case there is a complication.

We have seen the negative effects of not following medical protocol firsthand. We had patient who came to us with a severe eye ptosis (droop) after receiving a BOTOX treatment at a BOTOX party. She didn’t know the qualifications of the injectors, and no follow-up was offered to her. She was extremely upset, and rightfully so. Although BOTOX results are not permanent, she had to live with that ptosis for months.

Real safety comes not from limited contact with your BOTOX provider, but from assessment of your aesthetic goals, the experience of your injector, sterilization of the environment, and post-treatment follow-up. Safety, which should be the No. 1 concern whenever BOTOX and injectables are administered, is compromised when the treatment is provided at a party or a drive-thru.

Male patient receiving an Emsculpt NEO treatment to the abdominal area.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can EMSCULPT NEO do for me?

EMSCULPT NEO is an amazing noninvasive body sculpting treatment. It’s perfect for patients who are looking to get summer body ready! With this state-of-the-art, two-in-one technology, you build muscle and burn fat at the same time! This treatment provides a 30% reduction in subcutaneous fat and 25% growth in muscle on the treated area after a recommended number of treatments.

How does EMSCULPT NEO work?

While you lie down and relax, EMSCULPT NEO sends high-intensity energies deep below your skin, making your muscles contract in a big way that is like doing thousands of crunches or squats in a few minutes. While your muscles are contracting, the energy from the applicator simultaneously sends warmth to your fat cells, heating them up to the point of destruction. So you build real muscle from the contractions while destroying fat cells that are later naturally eliminated by your body.

How many EMCULPT NEO treatments will I need?

The recommended treatment plan is 4-6 treatments, one week apart. Depending on the patient, you may see improvement in your muscle tone, core strength and posture within a few weeks. And you’ll see fat reduction continue for about 12 weeks after your last treatment.

Are there any patients for whom you do not recommend EMSCULPT NEO?

EMSCULPT NEO is great because it has been shown to be safe and approved for all body and skin types. Contraindications include hernia, recent surgery, and pregnancy, so if a patient has any of these conditions, they should wait until they don’t to get EMSCULPT NEO.

What is the difference between CoolSculpting and EMSCULPT NEO?

CoolSculpting is a well-known treatment that is excellent for reducing unwanted fat in targeted areas. EMSCULPT NEO also reduces fat, but it has the benefit of building muscle, which is what its predecessor EMSCULPT was made to do.

Which treatment you choose depends on what your body needs and your personal goals. If you have great muscle tone and only need to get rid of some extra fat in a specific area like your abdomen or below your chin, CoolSculpting is an excellent option. But if you have loss of muscle tone and need more of a lift or tightening to a certain area like your abs or butt, EMSCULPT NEO is your two-in-one solution.

What is your favorite thing about EMSCULPT NEO?

Not only is this treatment super convenient with one treatment lasting only 30 minutes, but there is also no downtime! Patients can go about their day as they normally would immediately after their visit.

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