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Destination Beauty Treatments: Is It Safe to Consider Injectables on Your Cruise?

August 19, 2015 by

woman on a cruiseWhether you are sailing off to the Caribbean or touring around Europe, a cruise ship can be a great place to relax—though some cruise-goers may have more on their schedules than lounging by the pool.

Many cruise ship spas have started offering injectable anti-aging treatments to passengers hoping to take care of their aesthetic needs at sea. It may be tempting to get away for a few days and return home looking especially well-rested, but is it safe to get BOTOX® on board?

Who Should Perform BOTOX® at Sea?

If you have been wondering if you should add injectables to your cruise itinerary, the answer depends on a number of factors, including who is performing the treatment. Regardless of where you are in the world, it is imperative to both your safety and your results that you choose an experienced provider.

A board certified plastic surgeon, board certified dermatologist, or highly trained injector working under the supervision of a physician likely has the expertise to perform injections at home or at sea, but not all cruise ship medi-spas are equipped with qualified providers.

Additional disadvantages include:

  • You may not have access to enough information to properly vet the provider.
  • You will not be able to use that provider for future injections (it is better to find a good provider that will get to know your face and goals, and then stick with them).
  • You may be less likely to make considered choices about your treatment when you have a carefree vacation mindset.

We advise resisting the temptation for an on-board beauty fix and recommend finding a qualified injectables provider in your home town.

What Are the Risks?

There are risks to BOTOX® and dermal fillers, as with any skin punctures. Poorly administered injections can lead to infection at the injection site. While most cruise ships have doctors on board, getting medical treatment for a complication would be a terrible way to spend your vacation.

Additionally, some treatments require you to avoid the sun for a little while—something that may be difficult while on a ship in the middle of the ocean. Immediate sun exposure can cause BOTOX® to diffuse faster, which can drastically impact your results.

There are also risks if you partake in other offerings from the onboard spa. It may be tempting to receive a facial or relax with a massage after your BOTOX® treatment, but too much contact with the area can diffuse the injection—and your injector may not have enough experience to provide the proper aftercare instructions.

Should I Get Injectables on My Cruise?

Due to the potential for complications and subpar results, we strongly suggest avoiding injectable treatments on your next sea tour and scheduling any medical-grade facial rejuvenation or skin care treatments with an appropriately qualified injector before your trip. There are many benefits to receiving your injectable treatments a little closer to home.

  • You have a wider selection of providers to choose from, increasing the likelihood of finding an injector with the appropriate skills and training.
  • You will have better control of your environment and be able to more easily follow aftercare instructions.
  • Should anything happen, more complete healthcare will be readily accessible.
  • Pricing will likely be fairer, as cruise ship spas notoriously overprice treatments due to convenience and limited availability.

If you are in the Fort Worth area and hoping to reduce visible signs of aging with injectables, Dr. Kirby is happy to help you understand your options and explain both the risks and rewards of BOTOX® and dermal fillers. Contact us today to schedule a personalized consultation and find out how you can feel confident and look beautiful all summer long.

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