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The Truth About Botox

Jeffrey Spiegel performs elaborate plastic and reconstructive surgeries on people from around the world. The chief of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery at Boston Medical Center and School of Medicine associate professor also does Botox injections in his office during a patient’s lunch break. To educate people about this often misunderstood procedure, Spiegel and Kelly Duchesney, BMC facial plastics practice coordinator, will host a BOOtox Party on Wednesday, October 24.

Spiegel will talk about how Botox works, what it can and cannot treat, and “how to make the most of your facial appearance,” he says. A question-and-answer session will follow. Skin-care professionals will be available to answer questions, and services such as Botox and Juvéderm injections will be offered at a reduced rate.

Spiegel hopes the Bootox Party will change the public’s perception of Botox. He says that most people do not understand what Botox is and how Botox injections are used. “There’s an awful lot of misinformation in magazines and on the Internet,” he says. “People want to use it to treat certain types of cosmetic or aesthetic concerns that it really isn’t appropriate for.” Additionally, Spiegel says, there are many ailments that Botox can help, such as excessive sweating and migraine headaches.

The event will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Medical Campus’ Moakley Building, Suite 1400, 830 Harrison Ave. It is free and open to the public, but an RSVP to Duchesney at kelly@drspeigel.com is requested.

Rebecca McNamara can be reached at ramc@bu.edu.