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Trapezius Botox Bellevue & Kirkland | Trap Tox Bellevue & Kirkland
“Tech neck” is the newest cosmetic epidemic. Looking down at screens too much can strain and bulk up the trapezius muscle in the neck. This can cause a hump on the shoulders and base of the neck sometimes referred to as “tech neck.” It can range from subtle to dramatic and many people who have otherwise slim shoulders are unhappy with this appearance. This can lead patients to seek out a variety of procedures. Though, one of the most effective options is Botox injections. Northwest Face & Body provides the best trapezius Botox Bellevue and Kirkland offers.
How Botox Works
Botox comes from a toxin called Botulinum toxin. Historically, this toxin was most known for causing botulism. However, with botulism now rare and studies into how the effects of the toxin may be localized, the cosmetic potential was discovered. Using Botulinum toxin A, concentrating it, and purifying it, Botox injections can successfully relax targeted muscles without treating muscles outside of the treatment area.
Scientists continue to find new cosmetic and medical ways to use Botox to improve quality of life. In some cases, Botox may address both medical concerns such as migraines and dynamic wrinkles on the forehead. Trapezius Botox uses a similar philosophy.
Botox Shoulder Slimming
Slimming the shoulders and treating tech neck with Botox involves injecting Botox into the trapezius muscle. As a fairly large muscle, multiple injections and injection sites are necessary. With that said, Botox does not totally inactivate the muscle. Instead, the Botox helps to relax the muscle slightly to prevent overuse and overgrowth of the trapezius muscle.
This creates a smoother and slimmer shoulder and neck contour. Trap tox is popular with women for slimming shoulders and a more feminine appearance, but men can also benefit from it.
Benefits & Risks
All medical procedures—whether invasive, non-invasive, surgical, or non-surgical—comes with unique benefits and risks. Patients and provifdes must consider before undergoing or administering any new elective treatment. The benefits of Botox injections into the trapeazius muscle may include:
- Appearance of an elongated neck
- Slimmer shoulder contour
- Reduce neck and shoulder pain
- May help address some forms of upper back pain
- Correct “tech neck”
- Create more feminine looking shoulders
- Prevent muscle spasms in the area
- Sometimes can help reduce headaches
- Help treat cervical dystonia
- Injections take under twenty minutes
- Overall a low risk procedure
- Little to no pain during or after treatment
- Can return to most daily activities immediately
- See results quickly
- Performed by a professional and experienced injector
As mentioned, trap Botox injections are generally low risk. However, certain patients may have increased risk of complications. Some of the possible risks associated with trap tox treatment include:
- Severe or prolonged side effects
- Unexpected muscle weakness
- Effects spread beyond the planned treatment area
- Overuse or treatment of the area can permanently weaken the trapezius muscle and lead to long term concerns
With a qualified injector at Northwest Face & Body, an ideal candidate, and a well conceived treatment plan, major or long lasting complications are extremely rare.
Trapezius Botox Injections From Start To Finish
The first step to undergoing trap tox injections in Bellevue is to ensure that the patient is a good candidate for treatment. This involves meeting with an injector—either in person or virtually—to discuss the patient’s goals, medical history, and examine their anatomy. As a non-surgical procedure, most people tend to have no major health concerns that would affect candidacy. However, patients with certain neuromuscular disorders may not be candidates for trap tox.
The patient’s provider will also ensure that trapezius Botox is the right treatment for the patient based on their goals and anatomy. Additionally, not all cases of tech neck are related to the muscles. In this case, Botox alone would not provide adequate results. If a patient is a candidate, the injections can sometimes proceed during the same appointment. Otherwise, patients will receive a price quote and financing information.
Patients usually do not need numbing cream for trap tox treatment. Botox uses only a tiny needle and patients generally feel little to no discomfort during the injections. Beyond this, the patient’s injector will examine the area and may ask the patient to move in certain ways. This allows them to identify areas of overuse and vital areas which should be avoided during treatment. This help them treat only the problem areas and maintain good function of the trapezius muscle.
Normally, the trap tox treatment involves multiple injections in the area where the neck and shoulders meet. Depending on the patient’s anatomy, the injections may extend onto the neck or upper back.
What To Expect After Trap Tox
Injections usually take ten to twenty minutes with minimal discomfort. Patients can return to work or their other daily activities immediately following treatment. The patient’s injector may recommend limiting certain strenuous activities for about 24 hours. Major side effects are rare, but patients do sometimes experience muscle tension, soreness, swelling, redness, or bruising. Over-the-counter pain medications and ice can help address these concerns. Side effects should subside within a few days.
Frequently Asked Question
Are There Alternatives To Trap Tox?
Yes, it is possible to correct tech neck and an overgrown trapezius through certain exercises and working to improve posture. This may take several weeks or months. To maintain these results, alterations to the patient’s workspace or routine can also prevent the movements that contribute to the formation of tech neck.
Is Botox Damaging Long Term?
Botox is not damaging long term when used and administered correctly. Overtreating a muscle can lead to atrophy with repeated and consistent treatment. However, with more conservative and/or less frequent treatment, Botox is less likely to cause significant muscle atrophy or hinder strength.
For patients experiencing cervical dystonia or major pain, Botox injections into the trapezius muscle can vastly improve quality of life with few long term risks.
How Much Does Tech Neck Botox In Bellevue Cost?
Injectors at Allure Esthetic offer 20 and 30 unit packages at a discounted rate. 20 units start at $219 and 30 units start at $299. Additional units beyond these packages may involve charging a per unit price of $14. At a consultation appointment, patients can receive an initial estimate of how much trap tox will cost.
Insurance does not cover trapezius Botox performed for medical or cosmetic reasons at Allure Esthetic. Patients can use Allē Rewards or financing options for trapezius Botox.
How Long Does It Take For Trap Tox To Work?
Patients may see results in as soon as a few days. However, final results usually take around two weeks to settle in. This correlates with other Botox procedures. Alternative neuromodulators like Dysport may provide slightly quicker results.
Is Trap Tox Safe?
Yes, when administered by a qualified injector or physician, trap tox is a perfectly safe procedure. It does not require surgery and the results are temporary which allows for patients to discontinue treatment at any time.
The Best Trapezius Botox Injections In Bellevue and Kirkland
Northwest Face & Body has provided premier aesthetic care to the Eastside and Greater Seattle area for over three decades. Located on the shores of Lake Washington, the beautiful Northwest Face & Body office provides a welcoming and friendly atmosphere for patients seeking surgical or non-surgical cosmetic enhancements. Additionally, injectors at Northwest Face & Body undergo training with all types of neurotoxins and specialized injections like chronic migraine treatment, sweating, and trap tox. The injectors at Northwest Face & Body offer the best trapezius Botox Bellevue and Kirkland can provide.