An attractive feminine silhouette would consist of a slender neckline, slim shoulders and well defined collar bones.
On the other hand, hypertrophied or bulky shoulders may give a more masculine or manly appearance. The main muscle that contributes to the bulky shoulder appearance is the trapezius muscle.
It is a large diamond shaped muscle that runs along the neck, shoulders, and upper back. The trapezius muscle is involved in neck and shoulder movement.
The trapezius muscle tends to be larger and more bulky in individuals who gym / exercise more or who lift heavy weights often.
Genetic factors can also contribute to enlarged trapezius muscles and bulky shoulders.
Botox is the commercial brand name of botulinum toxin A that is famous for treating wrinkles. It can also be used to treat overactive and bulky muscles in the case of jaw slimming, calf reduction and in this article, shoulder slimming.
When injecting Botox into the portion of the trapezius muscle between the neck and shoulder, it helps to relax the muscle fibres in this specific portion, inducing a process called muscular disuse atrophy. In simple terms, when a muscle is relaxed, it shrinks in size over time.
The reduction in trapezius size would help to slim and contour the neck and shoulder line, giving a more feminine and attractive appearance.
The muscle relaxation benefits of botox can also help to relieve pain and tension in the lower neck and shoulder muscles. This is beneficial for people with sports injury or chronic pain from certain types of occupation.
Dr Edwin will first identify and mark out the bulky or enlarged areas of the neckline and shoulder.
Typically, 5 to 6 injection points are made on each shoulder. Before each injection, the area will be iced to reduce discomfort and bruising.
Each injection point may contain around 10 units of botox, i.e a total of 50 to 60 botox units per shoulder.
The needles are very small and will feel like a small ant bite. The ice will further reduce discomfort, i.e discomfort is minimal.
Including treatment planning, the entire procedure should be between 15 to 30minutes.
Results can usually be seen after 4 to 6 weeks.
Depending on the dosage, results typically last for 4 to 6 months.
Botox’s safety is well established and extensively studied. Potential side effects after Botox Trapezius include asymmetrical shoulders, bruising and swelling at the injection site.
For asymmetrical shoulders, more botox can be injected into the larger shoulder to correct the asymmetry.
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