A new trend is causing concern among health professionals at the start of the year: “Calf Tox”.

On TikTok, many videos extol the merits of this practice which consists of injecting botox into the calves to refine and sculpt them, reports the New York Post.

Although botox is approved to treat wrinkles, particularly on the face, this unconventional use raises concerns.

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Especially since despite warnings from experts, “Calf Tox” has already conquered the social network where it has around 2.5 million views.

The Clifford Clinic (Singapore), for example, warned Internet users of potential side effects such as pain, swelling, bruising, allergic reactions and even infections.

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Injected into the calves, botox can also weaken the muscles, affecting gait and the ability to perform intensive physical activities for at least two weeks.

What are the long-term consequences?

Specialists point out that botox blocks nerve endings, which has the effect of temporarily relaxing the muscles for a slimming effect.

Carol Eisenstat, physician and founder of Line Eraser MD, clarified that the results of Calf Tox are slow and temporary and can vary from person to person.

The long-term consequences also remain unknown, recalled plastic surgeon Dr Andrew Peredo.

The latter thus warned of the risks for the legs and back, emphasizing the importance of the calf muscles in walking, running, jumping and posture.

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