Trapezius Botox Bellevue & Kirkland | Trap Tox Bellevue & Kirkland

Botox is one of the most versatile medications in the world. It addresses both medical and cosmetic concerns with quick, simple injections. The derivative of Botulinum toxin temporarily freezes localized muscles and muscle areas. Generally, Botox treats smaller muscles such as those of the face. However, Botox is occasionally used to treat larger muscles of the body.  One of the newest and most popular examples of this is “trap tox.” The injectors at The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery provide the best trapezius Botox Bellevue and Kirkland offers.

What Is “Trap Tox”?

“Trap tox” is short for “trapezius Botox”. The trapezius muscle is a larger muscle that spans from the neck, shoulders, and down the upper portion of the back. It has several functions such as aiding in head movements, lifting shoulders, and even rotating the arm. Therefore, treating the trapezius muscle with a neurotoxin like Botox requires a skilled provider.

Generally, trap tox only treats the upper portion of the muscle near the neck and shoulders. Additionally, because the muscle is so large, it would require a large amount of Botox to fully disable it. This amount of Botox is never injected into any muscle of the body. Though, proper administration of Botox by injecting it into the right areas is vital for obtaining the desired results.

Why It’s Done

Providers administer trapezius Botox for medical and/or cosmetic reasons. Firstly, Botox is widely used and FDA-approved for some other areas of the body to treat muscle spasming and pain. This includes the treatment of cervical dystonia which sometimes injects Botox into the trapezius muscle along with other neck muscles. Overuse of the muscle—which is common with modern life because of phones and office chairs—can also cause pain in the area which trap tox may help treat.

Sometimes called “tech neck,” a visible change in posture or a hump can form due to overuse and stress on the trapezius muscle. This is becoming more common because of the way we hold our necks when working on a computer or phone. While it can be prevented and treated with some at-home remedies and exercises, Botox can help quickly treat the current cosmetic appearance.

Benefits & Risks

Trapezius Botox injections come with many possible benefits considering that it can help treat both medical and cosmetic conditions. Regardless of the patient’s reasoning for seeking the treatment, benefits a patient may enjoy include:

  • Appearance of a longer neck
  • Slim the neck and shoulder contour
  • Contribute to better posture
  • Alleviate neck or shoulder pain
  • Reduce and prevent “tech neck”
  • Feminizes the shoulder contour
  • Help correct a developed “rounded” shoulder appearance
  • Treat certain medical conditions such as cervical dystonia
  • May help reduce migraines
  • Quick treatment
  • Virtually painless
  • Little to no recovery
  • See initial results within a few days and final results in two weeks
  • Customizable based on the patient’s needs and anatomy
  • Performed by qualified, experienced injectors

All medical treatments—including non-invasive ones—do come with some inherent risks. For Botox shoulder slimming, the risk of complications is very low for the average patient. However, certain patients may be at a higher risk of adverse reactions or events. Possible risks or complications of trapezius Botox may include:

  • Infection
  • Overtreatment of the muscle
  • Asymmetry
  • Could hinder long term strength with consistent overtreatment or overuse of Botox in the area
  • Results in the incorrect area

Major issues or complications of trapezius Botox are rare. Seeing a qualified injector who performs thorough patient screening helps prevent adverse events.

Trapezius Botox Before & After


Before undergoing Bellevue trap tox injections, patients will meet with an injector at The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery. At this appointment, the patient and provider will review the patient’s medical history, anatomy, and goals for treatment. Sometimes, other procedures may better address a patient’s concern. Few medical conditions disqualify a patient from trap tox. Though, patients with certain neuromuscular conditions, trapezius Botox may not be the right treatment.

Often, the injector can perform the injections during the same appointment. However, new patients should attend a consultation only appointment first. Consultations can take place in person or online. Patients can also book their consultation through our online booking system.


Trap tox injections are generally not too painful. Therefore, while pain management options like numbing cream are available, patients usually remain comfortable. A vibration device can be applied elsewhere on the body to distract the brain from the feeling of the Botox injections.

Injecting Botox into the trapezius muscle takes around ten to twenty minutes. Using a tiny needle, the injector will inject the Botox superficially under the skin and into the muscle. The exact injection sites can vary based on the patient’s anatomy. However, a series of injections are administered on the back of the neck and down towards the shoulders.


Patients can return to their normal lives after undergoing trap tox in Bellevue. Only some minor alterations to their everyday routine may be necessary. Aftercare instructions may include:

  • Skip the workout for 24 hours after the injections
  • Keep the area out of the sun
  • Avoid laying on the treated areas for a few hours following treatment
  • Do not unnecessarily touch the area
  • Avoid smoking and alcohol

Frequently Asked Questions

What Are The Side Effects Of Trap Tox?

The side effects of trapezius Botox mirror those of any other Botox treatment. Patients may experience temporary:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Tenderness
  • Redness
  • Tight feeling
  • Flu-like symptoms (less common)

If a patient experiences these side effects, they should resolve within a few days and at most two weeks. They can apply ice or take over-the-counter medications to address side effects if necessary.

How Long Does Trapezius Botox Last?

Trapezius Botox results last around three to four months. Depending on the patient’s specific treatment, biology, and genetics, it can last as little as two months and up to six months. 

What Is The Cost Of Trap Tox In Bellevue, WA?

Patients purchasing Botox usually do so by the unit. At The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery, we offer 20 and 30 unit packages. 20 units start at $219 and 30 units start at $299. Additional units may involve charging a per unit price of $14. Upon consultation, 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 The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery. Patients can use Allē Rewards or financing options for trapezius Botox.

How Does Trap Tox Work?

After Botox is injected into the trapezius muscle, it will selectively work to limit certain muscle activities. This can help reduce the overwork of the muscle and reduce its size. Repeated and consistent treatments may permanently weaken the muscle and prevent it from protruding.

Using a concentrated and purified version of the toxin that causes botulism, Botox limits or ceases certain muscle movements in localized areas or muscles. This can help prevent overuse of the muscles, muscle pain, and treat cosmetic concerns.

How Many Units Of Botox For The Trapezius Muscle?

The exact number of units used for trap tox will depend on the size of the muscle and other factors. Generally, the average is around 50 to 75 units per side.

The Best Trap Tox Bellevue and Kirkland Offers

The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery provides Bellevue, Kirkland, and the surrounding areas with premier aesthetic care, including cosmetic surgery, aesthetic injections, and professional skincare. With years of experience performing all types of Botox treatments, the injectors at The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery ultimately aim to help patients reach their goals. The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery offers the best trap tox Bellevue and Kirkland provides.

To learn more and schedule a consultation, call us at 425-775-3561. Patients can also reach out online via chat, contact form, or Price Simulator. Patients can also schedule their consultation appointment through our online booking system.