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It could only happen here (and in Vail): Botox at home

Naomi Havlen
Aspen Times Staff Writer

A popular cosmetic surgery procedure known for smoothing wrinkles from foreheads and around eyes is now going door to door in Aspen.

Denver-based Mobiletox is making house calls for Botox treatment in Aspen and Vail, bringing “beauty to your doorstep,” as the firm’s slogan goes.

That’s beauty that arrives in an unmarked car to make the procedure as hush-hush as possible, said Mobiletox marketing director Eric Criswell.

“This way you avoid having to make an appointment, going to the doctor’s office and waiting, and it’s also very inconspicuous,” he said. “People are none the wiser.”

Mobiletox began providing its unique form of doorstep beauty services in the Denver area just last month. Criswell said Dr. Phil Nguyen, who personally goes to each home to treat the facial wrinkles, decided to extend his service to the mountains.

In Denver, Dr. Nguyen charges a $50 travel fee, and for trips to Aspen or Vail, that fee goes up to $75. And he needs 24-hour notice before an appointment unless it’s a “Botox emergency,” Criswell said, not fully explaining what would constitute such a predicament.

Botox, a toxin derived from Botulinum bacteria, was approved by the Federal Drug Administration in 2002 for treating wrinkles on the face and neck, for migraine headaches and for sweaty hands, feet and underarms. A needle is used to inject the toxin directly into the area desired, and results last between three and six months, depending on the patient.

In the case of wrinkles, the toxin paralyzes muscles in a small area so that wrinkles temporarily go away.

Criswell said Nguyen begins with a free in-home consultation to determine if the treatment is right for the person. The treatment costs $200 per area – between the eyebrows, on the forehead or next to the eyes, or $500 for all three.

Nguyen also offers special rates for customers interested in throwing a “Botox party.”

“We’re definitely a first in Colorado, and from what we can tell, we might be the first about anywhere,” Criswell said. “Other doctors have called us for advice, wondering how our service is structured and how it’s working. It’s been quite exciting.”

Naomi Havlen’s e-mail address is nhavlen@aspentimes.com


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