Where Should I Get Botox Injections From in NYC?
The Difference Between a Med Spa and a Facial Plastic
When considering Botox injections, it may seem tempting to cut costs by receiving the injections at a medical spa rather than at a plastic surgeon’s office. After all, these spas can be convenient, offer other beautifying services such as facials and massage, and they often run specials or discount deals, offering Botox at a much lower cost than an accredited plastic surgeon. However, though medical assistants at a medical spa may be licensed to apply Botox, patients are generally much happier with the results from a proper application by an accredited plastic surgeon.
Having Botox at a Medical Spa
Medical spas offer treatments that qualify as “medical procedures.” This means that the law mandates that these medical procedures are performed or supervised by a doctor. The problem with medical spas is that the definition of “supervision” can vary widely from state to state. Patients at these medispas can be receiving treatment from a medical assistant being paid a low, hourly wage, with little to no training or experience, and the “supervising doctor” can be miles away, with no availability to help in case something goes wrong.
Allergen is the only FDA-approved maker of Botox in the U.S., and their vials stay at a steady price of $505 per vial. These do not get discounted, so how can medical spas offer much cheaper prices to their patients? Using inexperienced medical assistants instead of well-paid doctors is one way that medical spas can offer cheaper rates to their clients. Another way is by utilizing very shady practices. Allergen’s vials come in a powder, which is to be diluted with specific ratios of sterilized water. Underhanded medical spas can often dilute this powder with much more water, reducing its efficacy and essentially charging its patients for water, not the active ingredients in Botox.
Having Botox Treatment by an NYC Facial Plastic Surgeon
The nature of Botox as an injection also requires experience and an understanding of facial anatomy to yield the best, most natural-looking results. A facial plastic surgeon such as Dr. Westreich who has dedicated years to studying facial anatomy and understanding how best to achieve the natural, youthful looks his patients desire, will be able to produce much better results than a low-paid, inexperienced medical assistant. Moreover, improperly or inexpertly applied Botox can not only cause that tight, “done” look many patients want to avoid, but it can also prevent the eyelid from opening, or cause a droopy eyebrow. Dr. Westreich developed a gentle technique that allows his patients to maintain certain muscle movements and preserve facial expressions – read more about it here.
While low-cost Botox deals at a medical spa can be tempting, is it worth the gamble? A properly supervised and applied Botox procedure can help you rejuvenate your face, while an improperly applied Botox procedure can leave you feeling much worse. If you are in the NYC area, come in for a consultation with Dr. Westreich, of New York’s best facial plastic surgeons.