Botox, or Botulinum Toxin, has become a household name primarily associated with wrinkle reduction and cosmetic enhancements. However, a new craze sweeping the Botox world is Traptox or ‘Barbie Botox’.
Here, we delve into what Traptox is, and some of the other lesser-known medical reasons for using Botulinum toxin. While it does work wonders for smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles, the applications of Botox extend far beyond the realm of aesthetics.
What is Botulinum Toxin?
Before we explore Traptox specifically, let’s understand what Botulinum toxin is. Botulinum toxin is a neurotoxic protein derived from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. It functions by blocking nerve signals in muscles, leading to muscle relaxation.
What is Traptox?
Traptox, also known as Barbie Botox is a procedure where Botulinum toxin is injected into the trapezius muscle. The treatment is said to have both cosmetic and medical benefits, and has recently gained a lot of popularity due to the new Barbie movie. This is because injecting Botox into the trapezius relaxes the muscle, giving the appearance of a longer, slimmer neck and shoulders, similar to the doll’s iconic silhouette.
Benefits of Traptox
Although we don’t follow trends, this treatment can actually provide some fantastic benefits and shouldn’t be looked at as just a ‘flavour of the month’ treatment.
In terms of cosmetics, injecting Botox into the trapezius muscles can help to slim the appearance of the shoulders, but from a medical perspective, Traptox can help to reduce tension headaches, relieve stress and back pain because of how it relaxes the trapezius muscles which often become tight. It can also help those who experience muscle spasms in that area of the body.
How long does Traptox last?
It’s worth noting that Traptox is not a permanent treatment, whether used for cosmetic or medical purposes. The effects of Traptox typically last between 3-6 months, although it is possible to have follow-up injections to continue experiencing the effects.
Other medical applications of Botulinum toxin
The recent Traptox craze has brought to the attention of many people that Botulinum toxin isn’t purely a cosmetic, anti-wrinkle treatment. In fact, well before this use of Botox came to the public eye, the treatment has been used to treat a range of medical conditions, such as:
One of the most remarkable medical uses of Botox is in the management of chronic migraines. Botox injections can reduce the frequency and severity of migraine attacks by targeting specific trigger points.
Hyperhidrosis in Hands and Armpits
Hyperhidrosis, characterised by excessive sweating, can be a life-altering condition. Botox can provide relief by inhibiting the sweat glands in the hands and armpits.
Toxin in the Masseter Muscle for Teeth Grinding
Bruxism, or teeth grinding, can lead to dental problems and facial discomfort. Botox injections in the masseter muscle can alleviate this condition by relaxing the muscles responsible for grinding.
Beyond Wrinkles: Additional Benefits
Most people associate Botox with wrinkle reduction, and the treatment is incredibly effective at treating cosmetic concerns such as frown lines, forehead lines, bunny lines and crow’s feet. However, the cosmetic benefits of Botox are much further-reaching:
Chin Puckering Reduction
Botox can also be used to reduce chin puckering, resulting in a smoother and more youthful appearance.
For those seeking a slimmer jawline, Botox can help achieve this by targeting specific jaw muscles.
Platysma Bands Reduction
Platysma bands, often associated with ageing, can be minimised with Botox injections.
In conclusion, Botox is not just a cosmetic wonder but also a versatile medical tool. Traptox in particular has benefits for both cosmetic and medical concerns, and Botox can also be used to treat chronic migraines, reduce excessive sweating and address teeth grinding. As the medical applications continue to expand, we can be sure that Traptox will not be the last Botox trend we see sweeping the market!
If you’re considering Botox for medical reasons, consult with a qualified professional, such as our doctors here at Cosmetica, to explore the potential benefits for your specific condition.