The Rise of “Trap Tox” or “Barbie Tox”: Growing Concerns among Plastic Surgeons

The Rise of "Trap Tox" or "Barbie Tox": Growing Concerns among Plastic Surgeons

In today’s cosmetic landscape, a new treatment called “trap tox” or “Barbie tox” is making waves, and it’s crucial that we address it due to its current widespread popularity. If you’ve been active on social media platforms, particularly TikTok, you’ve probably noticed the hashtag #traptox, which has amassed millions of views. People are sharing their before and after photos and discussing the procedure at length.

But what exactly is “Trap Tox”, and why is it gaining such popularity?

To put it simply, trap tox involves administering muscle relaxing injections to the shoulder or trapezius muscle, commonly referred to as the “traps.” Although this treatment was initially designed to alleviate chronic migraines and tension in the neck and shoulders, it has recently seen a surge in individuals seeking it purely for aesthetic reasons, creating concern among cosmetic experts.

Dr. Allen Rezai, a renowned Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgeon explains that trap tox treatment does offer benefits such as shoulder slimming and the creation of a more feminine neck and shoulder profile. Similar to the muscle relaxing injections on the face, the effects of this treatment are temporary, lasting around three to four months. While trap tox has been popular in South Korea for years, it has only recently exploded in popularity worldwide and one of the biggest trends this 2023. Dr. Allen Rezai has observed an increase in requests for this procedure both in his London, Harley Street practice and at Elite Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery Group clinic in Dubai Healthcare City.

The recent boom in trap tox can largely be attributed to the influence of Barbie, an iconic figure often associated with idealised beauty standards. While the use of trap tox for functional issues like pain and limited mobility has been established, its emphasis on slimming through more significant doses has given rise to its recent surge in popularity.

Though cosmetic trends typically come and go, medical professionals worldwide predict that the allure of this treatment will persist. However, it is vital to understand the nature of the procedure before considering it.

How does “Trap Tox” work?

Administering trap tox requires injecting a substantial dose of botulinum toxin, usually around 100 units on each side, adjacent to the trapezius muscle. Accurate depth and technique are crucial to avoid missing the muscle or, in rare cases, unintentionally puncturing the lung. Therefore, it is essential to seek an experienced injector and avoid any temptation to choose a cheaper, inexperienced alternative. Keep in mind that trap tox is a costly treatment, as it necessitates top-up sessions in six-month intervals.

Take good precautions when considering “Trap Tox”

Dr. Allen Rezai advises focusing on trap tox for functional rather than purely aesthetic reasons. Individuals with chronic pain, persistent headaches, and functional issues caused by overactive muscles would be suitable candidates for the treatment. However, as with any injectable treatments, the general contraindications apply; pregnant individuals or those with reasons to avoid muscle relaxing injections should refrain from undergoing this procedure. Potential side effects could include bruising, swelling, and temporary muscle weakness.

As the trapezius muscle plays a pivotal role in neck movement and arm raising, it is essential to consult with a doctor before opting for trap tox. A concerning development mentioned by Dr. Allen Rezai is the emerging concept of toxin resistance. Inappropriate and frequent use of large doses for aesthetic purposes could potentially lead to resistance, limiting the effectiveness of toxins for medical purposes in the future.

It is disheartening to witness society potentially reverting to an idealised image of unrealistic beauty as the standard for all women, especially after making progress in embracing diversity, self-confidence, and natural beauty. However, due to market factors and the tendency for beauty treatments to operate in a loosely regulated industry, patients and even some practitioners may overlook or misunderstand the long-term consequences of their choices.

Is “Trap Tox” worth the risk?

In expert hands, muscle relaxing injections can achieve remarkable results and is generally considered safe and effective when done by a medical expert. However, an initial thorough consultation with a highly experienced and fully qualified practitioner is important to see if trap tox is right for you. You should recognise all the treatment options in addressing your concerns and determine the best one for you with an expert’s advice. Prior the treatment, you should fully understand all aspects of the treatment including the risks, complications, and outcome. While Trap Tox treatment offers aesthetic benefits, it is essential to approach it with caution, considering its temporary nature and potential risks.

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