As you’re sure to know if you’re taking Botox and dermal filler courses at the moment, it’s vital to ensure that you’re administering these cosmetic procedures in a safe and sanitary way. This is absolutely key to running a successful clinic – and it’s certainly what consumers have come to expect.

However, there appears to be a new trend emerging at the moment for customers to go away and hold their own Botox parties (also known as pumping parties), often without an experienced clinician present – which could go awry for any number of reasons. As such, you’d certainly be wise to advise anyone considering this as an option to only do it with a qualified doctor or practitioner present for their own safety and that of their friends as well.

At-home parties have long been popular around the world, whether it’s an Ann Summers party or someone selling Avon makeup. But Botox parties have only recently come to the fore and it’s perhaps not such a good idea to consider bringing your friends around to inject each other with Botox unless you all have a very good idea of what you’re doing (and a qualification or two behind you).

It’s also certainly worth mentioning to your clients that drinking alcohol while holding a Botox party is also inadvisable, since drinking before having the injections can make it more likely to go wrong – and can also result in more severe bruising afterwards.

Of course, as a clinician yourself you can always offer at-home parties or group sessions at your place of business for people who do want to go for Botox together, which will go some way towards removing the risks involved with people choosing to hold such parties themselves.

Some customers are sure to appreciate the option of going for the treatment with a bunch of friends, since it can make them more comfortable and be less intimidating. You might also want to offer group discounts, so it could certainly be good for business.

Botulinum toxin is regulated by legislation since it’s a prescription-only medicine. As such, it can only be prescribed by a healthcare professional in a specific person’s name and can only be used on the person in question. However, it is not yet illegal for someone who is untrained to inject Botox. Early last year, Health Education England published several reports aimed at standardising the training available to practitioners carrying out procedures like Botox.

Qualification requirements were set out in the reports for those who perform these kinds of treatments, regardless of previous training or their professional background – a move that ensures patient safety comes first.

Remind your clients that Botox parties can be dangerous because there are different types of these injections available and each have their own purpose, so it’s vital to know which one you’re using. Complications can also occur (although rare), which is why it’s so important to have a medical professional on hand just in case.