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 health risks. To help the weight loss process, stomach Botox has been applied to different patients.

In most cases, weight loss can be a hard and challenging process. And in some cases, you might not lose any weight no matter what you do. A healthy diet and exercise might not help you in your weight loss journey. At that point, asking help from medicine and technology can boost your weight loss 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 problems, patients can lose weight effectively with non-surgical treatments.

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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 surgery. This significantly reduces risks associated with surgery. What is more, recovery is faster than surgery. Due to these positive aspects, the increasing number of patients around the world with a weight problem is choosing Botox to help their weight loss process.

What is obesity? How can it be treated?

Obesity is a growing health problem in Turkey and around the world. Obesity, defined by the World Health Organization as “an accumulation of fat that negatively affects the health of the body,” is the disruption of the body’s energy balance and the increase in body weight to a degree that harms to health because of energy consumption at a higher level than the energy expended.

What is Botox?

Botox is a medicinal protein obtained from a bacterium called “Clostridium botulinum” administered into the body by means of injections. This protein blocks the electrical flow in the nerves of the area of ​​application, thus preventing the muscles from contracting for 4 to 6 months.

Botox has been used for over 10 years for eye diseases, neurological diseases, skin wrinkles and excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis). Its effectiveness observed in strabismus caused by unwanted ocular muscle extraction, neurological diseases in which undesirable muscle contractions are observed and wrinkles caused by the contraction of gestural muscles is the result of its prevention of muscle contractions.

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 a relatively fast procedure.

In stomach Botox, botulinum toxin is injected into 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 the sense of fullness and reduces the desire to eat more.

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

Who Can Have Stomach Botox?

If you have a 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 into 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 avoid pushing your limits after your surgery. For this reason, professional help for your nutritional plan can help your weight loss.

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

Note: A person’s body mass index (BMI) is calculated by dividing their weight in kg by the square of their height in meters.

For example,

  • the BMI of a person who has a height of 170 cm (1.7 m) and has a weight of 100 kg is calculated as follows:
  • 100 / (1.7 x 1.7) = 34.6 and is therefore also suitable for gastric Botox.
  • Stomach Botox, practiced by our expert medical team, one of the most experienced in Turkey, has important advantages for the treatment of obesity:
  • Our clients can lose up to 25% of their excess weight in 6 to 8 months and reach their ideal weight.
  • We observe that our guests have significant improvements in the link with obesity diseases.
  • *Post-procedure side effects are limited because of the high safety profile of Botox in the stomach, which has effects lasting 4 to 6 months. Botox stomach is a very safe procedure.
  • *After the procedure, our expert medical team that you can reach 24/7 is available to answer your questions, make recommendations and conduct tests at specific intervals.

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, the same material is used.

Botox or botulinum toxin is a material that limits the contradiction of muscles. In the case of facial Botox, this material will limit the 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 the 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 the case of stomach Botox, the contradiction of your stomach muscles will decrease. In this case, your stomach muscles will move slowly. This will slow down the digestion process. Since food will leave your stomach in a longer time, you will feel fuller for a longer time. This will decrease your desire to eat more. And as you eat less, you will lose weight faster.

How is the nonsurgical treatment of obesity treated with “Botox of the stomach”?

Botox injections are performed with a gastroscopy that allows visualizing in detail the stomach. Thanks to this, the only discomfort caused to our guests is limited to gastroscopy. Since the Botox stomach is applied by endoscopy, clients do not need any type of preparation. The guests are first sedated to minimize discomfort before the endoscopic tube with a camera on its end passes through the mouth to the stomach.

After the pipe reaches the stomach and imagines it, injections of Botox are administered to the planned zones. The patient is woken up and released 1 to 2 hours after the procedure which lasts on average 15 to 20 minutes.

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 loss process.

More than three Botox injections to your stomach might not have desired effects. However, you will lose a 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 give an exact number. Your weight loss 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 problems.

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 loss 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 couples of days. Botox injection changes the movements of your muscles. So, your body needs 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 a couple of hours.

Recovery After Stomach Botox

Stomach Botox recovery is relatively simple. Most patients do not feel discomfort or any side effects after this procedure. There is no need for hospitalizations. 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 a couple of weeks before the operation can also help to adjust to stomach Botox. Other than these, you do not need any special precautions.

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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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