What Is Trap Tox or Barbie Botox®, and Does It Make Sense to You?

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Trap tox involves the treatment of the trapezius muscles that connect the neck to the shoulder using toxin – the same as what we use for lines and wrinkles on the face. The trapezius muscles are a workhorse and influence many of our movements, including shrugging and lifting over the head. Often, neck tension and resultant headaches – even back pain – can be traced to overly tight trapezius muscles. This can cause significant discomfort and even disability. Because our muscles and nerves are interconnected, it’s not always obvious where the pain comes from.

However, trap tox, known as Barbie Botox®, also has an aesthetic purpose. The large trapezius muscles can make the neck look shorter and seem unusually bulky, especially on a slight frame. As such, many patients, women especially, turn to trap tox to elongate the neck and smooth the features of the shoulders.

Is Trap Tox Right for Me?

Using terminology like Barbie Botox tends to downplay the procedure’s medical benefits.
When we discuss toxins in the trapezius muscles, we can sometimes forget that it may not be a purely cosmetic decision. Patients may consider these injections if they suffer from chronic stress that manifests in their shoulders, with several concerning consequent physical effects, not least of which are neck pain, headache, shoulder pain, and stiffness. The benefits can be significant.

Of course, there are some patients for whom trap tox is purely cosmetic. Even here, it is one of the more straightforward, beneficial, and effective non-facial tox injections we can provide.

It is essential to speak to your dermatologist to determine if they believe trap tox is right for you. They can give you a good idea of what to expect aesthetically with various dosages, and you can then decide if the look is right for your goals.

Considerations of Trap Tox or Barbie Botox

As with any injection of botulinum toxin, such as Botox®, Dysport®, or Xeomin®, there are considerations that every patient must understand.

First, you must employ a highly skilled and experienced injector. Trap tox can be very effective when injected properly. However, if over-injected, patients may experience problematic shoulder function until the toxin wears off. Under-injection is also common, which doesn’t give the desired effect. Both issues are commonly caused by inexperienced providers not being exposed to the trap muscles and how they react to the toxins.

Second, if you go to the gym, understand that your strength in those muscles will be compromised, which could compromise other areas of your workout. This is especially important because the trap muscles offer excellent stability to the neck and shoulders. They will not have the same lifting and contractive power in their state, so you will need to modify your workout to match this new reality.

As with any tox injections, if you’ve experienced adverse effects with tox, speak to your injector about using a different brand (Xeomin, for example, does not contain any proteins in its formulation) or trying other ways to minimize and improve the aesthetics of your shoulders.

The Bottom Line

Ultimately, trap tox or Barbie Botox can be an excellent way for patients to get the lines they want to achieve in the shoulder area. Beyond the cosmetic value of these injections, many patients also appreciate that they relax what are often taut shoulders. In today’s age of constant stress and hunching in front of a computer screen or phone, these injections can be beneficial in relieving aches and pains. As with all injections, choose the best injectors like those at North Atlanta Dermatology. Ultimately, knowledge and understanding of the shoulder anatomy allow us to tailor a trap tox Barbie Botox that is best for you.

We look forward to seeing you in our office and encourage you to schedule a consultation at one of our convenient locations around Atlanta.

Our Locations

North Atlanta Dermatology has five locations around Northern Atlanta to serve you.

Duluth Office

3850 Pleasant Hill Road
Duluth, Georgia 30096

Suwanee Office

3370 Paddocks Pkwy.
Suwanee, GA 30024

Hamilton Office

3331 Hamilton Mill, Suite 1106
Buford, GA 30519

Cumming Office

1230 Bald Ridge Marina Rd., Suite 300
Cumming, GA 30041

Marietta Office

1519 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 175
Marietta, GA 30062