Botox is not cheap, and more and more people are looking for a discount alternative which in some cases can involve illegal silicone injections. These types of injections are being administered by unscrupulous doctors that are keen to make a fast buck from desperate patients.
Botox parties, also known as “pumping parties” have become very popular and can be very dangerous as the quality of botox can be questionable with fatal consequences. In some cases is has been discovered that the filler used at some of these parties is only intended for hardware use and has resulted in a rise of patients being administered to hospital with serious side effects some that result in permanent disfigurement.
These types of dangerous filler injections have not only been for frown lines but lips, cheekbones, breasts and buttocks. The environment in most cases is not sterile and procedures can result in infections which need further treatment. The current economic climate has given rise to these bargain base treatments which are only going to become more popular.
The person in these instances that is administering the filler is usually not a trained practitioner but the patient usually knows this as its to be expected for the low prices being paid for the treatment. A trained board certified plastic surgeon would not be found in these type of pumping parties as they could lose their license.
The silicon that is used in the fillers contains a fat solvent and can quickly travel to the lungs causing clots know as “silicone embolism syndrome”. The fat solvent has also been know to travel to the brain causing death in many cases. A 22 year old women who’s silicone injections resulted in her having shortness of breath which quickly developed into heart failure.
Patients are advised to do their research which considering botox and to ensure whoever is administering the filler is a trained member of the physicians society. Its not worth the risk of using botox substitutes as it can be fatal in some cases.