The beauty industry is ever-evolving, with new trends and procedures emerging regularly. One such trend that recently captured the public's attention is ‘Barbie Botox’. This cosmetic procedure, also known as ‘traptox’, ‘Barbie arms Botox’ and ‘Barbie neck Botox’, promises to provide a more contoured neck and alleviate neck and shoulder pain. However, like any trend, clinicians and healthcare professionals must stay informed and advise their patients wisely. In this Q&A blog article, Dr. Barad shares more about considerations for this viral beauty trend.
What is 'Botox Barbie'?
‘Barbie Botox’ or ‘traptox’ involves injecting Botox into each trapezius muscle. The goal is to create the illusion of a longer, more Barbie-like neck. Because this procedure relaxes the trapezius muscles, it has the potential to improve posture and reduce neck and shoulder stiffness and pain.
When Did 'Botox Barbie' Gain Popularity?
The term’ saw a significant spike in online searches in early July, coinciding with the promotional campaign for the Barbie movie. While similar procedures were already in use, the recent buzz has made it a hot topic in the beauty industry.
Who Are the Typical Candidates?
Most individuals seeking this treatment are in their 20s and 30s, hoping to achieve a slimmer neck and improved aesthetics. However, not everyone is a suitable candidate. Clinicians should carefully assess each patient to ensure they have the right trapezius muscle structure and that the procedure is appropriate for them.
What Are the Risks and Considerations?
Injecting too many units of Botox or targeting the wrong area can lead to undesired results, such as muscle weakness. Patients with naturally weak trapezius muscles should be cautious, as the procedure may exacerbate their condition. While the risks are generally low, it's not a completely risk-free procedure.
Is Age a Factor?
Clinicians should consider the age of their patients before recommending the treatment. It's generally not recommended for individuals under 21, with exceptions for medical treatment.
How Long Do the Results Last?
The results are temporary, typically lasting around four months. Patients may experience muscle weakness during this period, but their daily activities should not be significantly affected.
What About the Cost?
‘Barbie Botox’ is not covered by insurance, so it will depend on the number of units required to achieve results.
Are Trends Like These Here to Stay?
Beauty trends come and go, and this one is no exception. Thus, clinicians should remind patients that what's popular today may not be tomorrow. Trends in cosmetic procedures evolve, and it's essential to consider long-term goals and sustainability when choosing any beauty treatment.
Since the Botox effect is temporary, the results will fade, and people can decide if it is a treatment that works for them.
The Bottom Line for Clinicians
Aesthetic physicians play a vital role in guiding patients through cosmetic procedures, and should carefully evaluate each patient's suitability and expectations.