What are the pros and cons of Barbie Botox?
Let’s first dive into the benefits of the treatment. Medicinally speaking, Dr. Jaafar noted that getting Botox injected into the trapezius muscle can decrease spasms, relieve tension and help with pain relief.
In terms of aesthetics, it can alter the appearance of your neck and shoulders. However, it’s important to have realistic expectations, as she pointed out, “To really get that slimming effect, you need a lot of units and you need to be getting the treatment for a long time.”
Additionally, there are a handful of downsides the New York-based anesthesiologist and pain management physician has noticed in patients, including soreness, weakness, bruising and difficulty raising the shoulder. But for the most part, she said, “It’s a very low-risk procedure.”
What does a Barbie Botox treatment involve?
The minimally-invasive procedure is similar to getting other facial injectables. “We use an alcohol swab to sterilize the skin,” Dr. Jaafar explained. “And we do three pokes on each side, and then we wipe it off and apply full pressure for a few minutes. That’s it.”
While Botox typically lasts for three months, Daxxify (a newly introduced neuromodulator) claims to last for up to six months. So, you’ll want to check with your practitioner on which type of muscle-relaxing injectable they’re using to determine the longevity of the treatment.
Another factor to keep in mind? Dr. Jaafar recommends starting with 20 to 40 units to avoid having difficulty moving your shoulder or weakness.