What is bone smashing? Bizarre TikTok trend sees people reshaping their faces

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TikTok is the home of dangerous trends and the latest one is called bone smashing.

For a few months now, bone smashing has been trending on the app, and yes, it hurts about as much as you think it will.

But what does bone smashing mean?

What is bone smashing?

In this emerging trend seen on TikTok, the bone is purposefully broken in order to provide an aesthetically attractive look, such as larger cheekbones or chin.

The technique is based on Wolff's Law, which states that bones heal themselves after stress.

Bone smashing is controversial since symmetrical outcomes need a lot of pressure and precision, which is why the process is difficult.

It is not advisable to smash bones because there is no medical basis for its effectiveness.

Nobody could ever consistently exert enough pressure on their faces to increase bone density.

Repetitive trauma may damage or irritate nerves, whilst excessive trauma will also result in fractures and permanent disfigurement.

Human bones are able to adjust to any circumstance. When you successfully heal from a bone break, the broken bone will be considerably stronger than it was before. You can tell when you break some bones in your body.

Although the research supporting this is almost nonexistent, it hasn't stopped it from becoming popular.

Bone smashing has supposedly been used by ‘incels’ who are convinced that their appearance is keeping them from finding a partner and have reportedly used this technique most frequently.

In disturbing TikTok videos, people are shown purportedly participating in bone-smashing and sharing the outcomes. Bottles, massagers, and even hammers are some of the items utilised in the movies to achieve a more chiselled appearance.

Some people posted their results, including before and after photos that we're supposed to assume were obtained by breaking their own facial bones.