Stomach Botox for Weight Losing

Excessive weight has always been a problem. Without noticing, we can gain weight. But being overweight or obese has different healthy risks. To help weight losing process, stomach Botox has been applied to different patients.

In most cases, weight losing can be a hard and challenging process. And in some cases, you might not lose any weight no matter what you do. Healthy diet and exercise might not help you in your weight losing journey. At that point, asking help from medicine and technology can boost your weight losing efforts.

There are different surgical and non-surgical obesity treatments. Generally, surgical obesity treatments  are preferred for the most severe cases. In extreme cases, bariatric surgery can be the only option to lose weight. However, in moderate to mild weight problem, patients can lose weight effectively with non-surgical treatments.

Stomach Botox which is also known as gastric Botox is one of the non-surgical treatments. This means, patients do not have to go under a surgery. This significantly reduces risks associated with surgery. What is more, recovery is faster than surgery. Due to these positive aspects, increasing number of patients around the world with weight problem are choosing Botox to help their weight losing process.

What Is Stomach Botox?

Actually, this non-surgical treatment is Botox injection to stomach. In most cases, this procedure takes about 15 to 20 minutes. In this sense, gastric Botox can be considered as relatively fast procedures.

In stomach Botox, botulinum toxin is injected to stomach muscles. This way, stomach muscles will act more slowly than they originally do. This slower move will make digestion slower as well. This way, food will be kept in the stomach for a longer time. This increases sense of fullness and reduce the desire to eat more.

As foods are digested slowly, they will move to intestines slowly as well. In general, gastric Botox can help increasing sense of fullness to help weight losing. Botox is injected by using an endoscopy tool. During this procedure, this tool is placed from the mouth to the stomach. Doctor uses a guide light to correctly inject the Botox. When doctor reaches to stomach, Botox is injected to stomach muscle. Then, endoscopy tools is slowly removed. There is no need to have general anaesthesia. In this sense, risk associated with general anaesthesia are eliminated.

Who Can Have Stomach Botox?

If you have weight problem and if you cannot lose your excess weight with diet or exercise, you might want to consider stomach Botox. But before this operation, you need to follow a diet for at least 6 months. It is important to try dieting and exercise before having this procedure.

Although gastric Botox is not a surgical operation, there are still risks. Since this is an injection, you are injecting a foreign substance to your body. It is almost impossible to predict how your body will react. In most cases, this procedure is considered to be safe. However, some patients might experience side effects.

Before deciding on this procedure, it is advised to ask help from a dietitian or nutritional expert. This way, you can plan your eating program before and after stomach Botox. It is important to avid pushing your limits after your surgery. For this reason, professional help for your nutritional plan can help your weight losing.

Also, you might want to combined your diet plan with exercise. In this sense, you might also want to work with a sport coach or sport professional. Increasing your mobility will support your weight loss. Regular sports will also help you to keep your healthy. Well-planned diet and exercise are key factors for a healthy lifestyle.

Is It Different Than Facial Botox?

When we talk about Botox, most people think about facial Botox. Actually, Botox has different applications. You can use Botox for cosmetic purposes, reduce your sweating or to lose weight. In all these cases, same material is used.

Botox or botulinum toxin is a material that limits contradiction of muscles. In case of facial Botox, this material will limit contradiction of facial muscles. Since you cannot move your muscles, your face will look tighter and younger. This way, you will have less visible wrinkles.

In case of Botox application for sweating, your muscles that cause excessive sweating are blocked. This way, you will sweat less than you normally do.

In case of stomach Botox, contradiction of your stomach muscles will decrease. In this case, your stomach muscles will move slowly. This will slow down digestion process. Since food will leave your stomach in longer time, you will feel fuller for longer time. This will decrease your desire to eat more. And as you eat less, you will lose weight faster.

Is This Procedure Permanent?

Gastric Botox is not a permanent procedure. The effects of this procedure will disappear after 3 or 4 months. But you can have 3 Botox injection sessions. Researchers show that it is safe to have three stomach Botox to support your weight losing process.

More than three Botox injections to your stomach might not have desired effects. However, you will lose sufficient amount of weight in this process. Patients start losing weight even after the first injection. As you will digest slowly, you will consume less food. This will become a habit and you will consume less food even the effects of Botox disappear.

How Much Weight Can You Lose After This Procedure?

It is not possible to given an exact number. Your weight losing will depend on many factors. For example, if you are obese or overweight, you will probably lose more weight than people with mild or moderate weight problem.

On the other hand, if you follow a strict diet and exercise program, you will probably lose more weight. Limiting your calorie intake after stomach Botox procedure will significantly improve your results. In addition to following a diet, doing mild to moderate exercise will also support your entire weight loosing process.

Does Stomach Botox Has Side Effects?

In general, patients do not complain about any stomach Botox side effects. But in some cases, there might be discomfort for the few couple of days. Botox injection changes movements of your muscles. So, you body need time to adjust to these changes. And it might take up to 7 days to adjust.

As you will try to consume food like you used to do, this will cause discomfort and digestion problems. Over time, you will adjust to your new situation. Additionally, endoscopy might also cause some discomfort. But this discomfort is temporary and you will feel better in couple of hours.

Stomach Botox Recovery

Stomach Botox recovery is relatively simple. Most patient do not feel discomfort or any side effects after this procedure. There is no need for hospitalisations. You can immediately go back to your daily life.

For the first couple of days, you might want to avoid hard to digest foods. You need time to adjust to your new conditions. Also, it is better to avoid alcohol and smoking for the first week. This will prevent feeling uncomfortable or any stomach pains.  Additionally, starting your diet program couple of weeks before the operation can also help adjusting to stomach Botox. Other than these, you do not need any special precautions.

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August 22, 2019

Assoc. Dr. Ali DURMUŞ

Assoc. Dr. Ali DURMUŞ was born in Gaziantep. Since his father was a civil servant, he spent the first years of his education in several cities. After completing his high school education, he completed his undergraduate education in Canakkale Education...
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