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By Claire Hinkle |

What Is TrapTox?

What Is TrapTox

Botox In The Trapezius Muscle Can Provide A Slimmer Shoulder Look

TrapTox (sometimes referred to as “Shoulder Slimming Botox”) is a non-surgical procedure that involves injecting Botox into the trapezius muscle in an effort to achieve a leaner upper frame and relieve the appearance of a “hunchback.” This unique technique has gained popularity for its ability to target and relax the muscles responsible for a bulkier, more pronounced and sculpted shoulder appearance.

Why Has TrapTox Gained Popularity? 

This treatment has seen a recent increase in demand since gaining viral notoriety on TikTok. Users create before and after videos showcasing their individual 3 – 4-week journey. These users often boast positive results along with their rationale for opting for this treatment, ranging from nerve pain management to a smaller and more feminine appearance. 

How Does TrapTox Work?

The TrapTox technique uses botulinum toxin (Botox) to selectively relax and slim down the muscles in the shoulder region. By injecting Botox into specific muscle groups, TrapTox aims to reduce the prominence of shoulder muscles, resulting in a more refined and elegant appearance.

This non-surgical approach offers an alternative to traditional methods, such as invasive surgeries or restrictive dieting for those seeking a more delicate shoulder contour.

TrapTox Consultation With Claire Hinkle, PA-C

What Happens At A TrapTox Appointment?

The Initial Consultation 

Everything begins with an initial consultation to ensure that you qualify for this treatment. Together, you and your provider will explore your medical history, discuss your goals and establish expectations. 

Based on your candidacy, anatomy and desired outcome, the provider will establish a tailored TrapTox treatment plan for you. The plan includes the targeted muscle groups, recommended dosage, and an overview of the expected results.

The Botox Injection Session 

During the in-office treatment session, the provider will administer Botox injections directly into the identified shoulder muscles in concurrence with your custom treatment plan. The injections are strategically placed to selectively slim down the muscles responsible for the bulkier appearance.

The procedure is typically quick, with minimal discomfort reported by most patients.

Recovery & Results 

Following TrapTox treatment, patients can resume their daily activities without significant downtime. It is common to experience mild redness, swelling or bruising at the injection sites, which usually subsides on its own within a few days. You should avoid strenuous exercise, alcohol and caffeine for the first 24 – 48 hours after your session to ensure the most efficient recovery. 

The effects of TrapTox gradually manifest over several weeks, with optimal results becoming noticeable within 4 to 6 weeks.

TrapTox Results: Considerations & What To Expect

  • This is a temporary treatment: TrapTox results are not permanent and typically last between 4 to 6 months. To maintain the desired shoulder slimming effects, individuals may need periodic touch-up sessions. However, some patients are able to preserve their results for longer periods of time due to lifestyle changes. 
  • Every body is different: The physical response to TrapTox can vary among individuals due to differences in muscle anatomy and metabolism. It is essential to have realistic expectations and discuss potential outcomes with a qualified injector during your consultation.
  • Safety & expertise considerations: TrapTox is an advanced injection technique and should only be performed by experienced healthcare professionals who are well-versed in administering Botox. Ensuring the provider’s qualifications and adherence to safety protocols is crucial to mitigate risks and achieve desirable outcomes.

Claire Hinkle, PA Author Photo

About The Author

Claire Hinkle, PA-C, is an expert aesthetic treatment provider at Donaldson Plastic Surgery. She specializes in a variety of nonsurgical treatments, including fillers, laser therapy and Botox injections. Claire combines her calming bedside manner with her passion for learning the latest concepts in the industry to improve the confidence of her patients on a daily basis. She currently performs TrapTox in Columbus, Ohio.

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