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Stomach botox

Updated: Jul 18, 2022

What is stomach botox?

The application of Botulinum toxin (botox) to the stomach is a relatively new weight loss method based on the endoscopic injection of Botulinum toxin into certain parts of the stomach. In this method, the contraction of the stomach muscles is limited and the gastric emptying time is delayed and the patient loses appetite; thus weight loss is achieved.

Who is stomach botox suitable for?

Stomach botox can actually be applied to anyone who wants to lose weight. This procedure is not an obesity surgery. However, there are certain criteria for patients who can be applied.

It is a suitable method for those who cannot lose weight as needed with diet and sports.

Since stomach botox will not be beneficial in patients with a body mass index above 40 and who can achieve success with bariatric surgery, it is not recommended for these patients.

The body mass index of the patients who will be treated with stomach botox should be below 40. In other words, it is applied to individuals with a body mass index of 27-35 and an excess of 10-20 kilograms who cannot lose weight with diet and exercise. At this point, patients who are overweight but not obese enough to be operated on and who want to lose weight constitute the ideal patient group.

In patients with stomach ulcers or gastritis, after the appropriate treatment of these diseases, stomach botox can be applied.

Family support is important for the patient in stomach botox. With a consensus, the patient can be motivated.

Does stomach botox make you lose weight?

No method, including stomach botox, is guaranteed to lose weight. It is not right to treat stomach botox as a miraculous cure. Although it is known that stomach botox has an appetite-reducing effect and helps diet, there is a possibility of failure in patients fed with high carbohydrate after botox application.

When does the effect of stomach botox start?

The feeling of hunger decreases within 2-3 days after stomach botox is applied. After 2 weeks, weight loss begins to be seen. The targeted 10-20 kilos are lost.

Stomach botox is applied only to the smooth muscles of the stomach, it has no effect on nerve cells and the movement of the intestines. Therefore, it does not have an effect on increasing intestinal laziness. In the diet that will be specially prepared for you after stomach botox, (indicate this situation to your dietitian), an improvement in intestinal laziness can be seen by adding foods for the operation of the intestines to the diet.

Can it be applied to pregnant and lactating women?

Adequate studies have not been conducted on the use of stomach botox in pregnant and lactating women.

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