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This bar serves booze and Botox

May 14, 2008 | 12:09 pm


Several years after Botox parties raised eyebrows, a San Diego County bar has begun holding a spa night in which patrons can order up a shot of Botox. One doctor calls it the "next not-quite-so-logical step" in society's embrace of Botoxed faces. reported last week that WineStyles Bar in Coronado has invited a doctor to deliver Botox shots one evening per week. According to the website article, the doctor will not drink during the visit and will refuse to treat patrons who have had too much to drink. These stipulations are unlikely to impress medical societies, such as the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, which warned consumers against receiving Botox treatments in nonmedical settings in a 2002 statement.

"Botox injections should be performed in a setting with appropriate medical personnel and necessary equipment to safely observe patients and deal with potential complications, as well as provide for the disposal of medical waste as required by Occupational Safety," the organization's statement says.

New York plastic surgeon Kevin Tehrani told the Los Angeles Times that Botox should be administered in a confidential setting, where a patient's complete health history is recorded; by a qualified health professional and where record-keeping, including photographs, and emergency care is available. Those medical and ethical considerations, he says, should deter most doctors from setting up shop in bars, adding a final objection: "This is not even entertaining the idea of BWI (Botox While Intoxicated)."

-- Shari Roan

Photo: Ken Hively / Los Angeles Times