Botulinum Toxin (Botox)
Botulinum Toxin (Botox), derived from the Clostridium Botulinum bacteria, is an effective substance that helps people lose weight through endoscopic methods. This protein completely blocks the electrical currents in the targeted nerves, preventing muscle contractions for a period of 4 to 6 months. Stomach Botox is a non-surgical treatment developed against obesity, aiming to temporarily neutralize the nerves and muscles that affect gastric hunger and appetite.
Stomach Botox treatment has been preferred for over 18 years worldwide. Moreover, due to the endoscopic application technique, this procedure does not require any pre-preparation unlike other surgical operations. Typically, carbohydrate-rich foods leave the stomach within 2 to 4 hours. However, after Stomach Botox application, the gastric emptying time extends up to 12 hours. Therefore, this procedure is highly effective in reducing appetite and prolonging the feeling of satiety.
Stomach Botox is also applied to the areas that secrete the hunger hormone in the stomach.
What is stomach botox?
Botulinum toxin, derived from bacteria, is a protein known as Botox. Botulinum toxin is commonly used in the treatment of neurological disorders, sweating problems, and certain urological conditions. However, recently it has been successfully used in patients with obesity through Botox applications. Patients who choose the Botox procedure can easily and safely lose weight in a permanent manner, along with lifestyle changes.
The Stomach Botox procedure involves injecting Botox into specific areas of the stomach to limit the functioning of the stomach muscles. As a result, the stomach significantly slows down the digestion process. Thus, this procedure is an easy-to-use weight loss treatment that aims to extend the hunger and satiety process.
The Stomach Botox procedure is performed using endoscopic examination, which allows detailed visualization of the stomach from the inside. This ensures a safe, comfortable, and convenient gastroscopy procedure. This procedure is not suitable for patients with muscle diseases or allergies to Botulinum toxin. Since it is a classical endoscopic procedure, it does not have any serious side effects.
How is stomach botox done?
Stomach Botox is a simple procedure that does not require surgical techniques. A routine preliminary examination is conducted before the application. In particular, individuals with serious health problems may be required to undergo certain blood tests. After the necessary blood tests are performed, patients are taken to the endoscopy unit. In the endoscopy procedure performed before the procedure, the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum are thoroughly examined. If the surgeon does not see any problems, the procedure begins.
With the help of an anesthesiologist, the surgeon reaches the stomach seamlessly using the endoscopic technique. Thanks to the Botulinum toxin, patients gain effects such as extended fasting period, rapid satiety, and appetite control. If the muscles responsible for contractions in the stomach cannot perform this function, the food can stay in the stomach for a long time.
The procedure is performed using the endoscopic technique without any surgical risk or special preparation. Moreover, the procedure is completed in a very short time. Immediately after the procedure, patients can return to their social activities. After a successful application, the level of hunger hormone can decrease rapidly. As a result, patients experience a significant decrease in appetite and an extended feeling of satiety. Consequently, patients enter the weight loss process.
The muscles and nerves that trigger the desire to eat something are temporarily disabled for about 6 months after this procedure. As a result, appetite significantly decreases, and the ability of the stomach muscles to contract ends. Therefore, food stays in the stomach for a much longer time, prolonging the feeling of satiety, and patients experience weight loss along with reduced food intake. According to previous studies and applications, patients can lose about 12-15% of their total weight within 3 to 6 months. Weight loss depends on factors such as the patient’s age, metabolism rate, lifestyle changes, and exercise routine.
Benefits of Stomach Botox
Clinical studies conducted so far have shown that it is extremely challenging to permanently treat morbid obesity problems with exercise and medication-based diets. Therefore, obesity surgery has become a frequent choice recently. With the development of surgical practices and techniques, this procedure has become one of the first preferences for obesity treatment. The benefits of Stomach Botox are as follows:
Through the Stomach Botox procedure, patients can achieve their ideal weight by losing 40% of their excess weight within a short period of 6 to 9 months. Additionally, significant progress is made in the treatment of other problems related to obesity.
Since the Botulinum toxin is injected into the relevant areas that regulate the hunger hormone, patients experience a decrease in appetite and a prolonged feeling of satiety.
The Stomach Botox procedure has an average effect duration of 4 to 6 months, and it does not have any potential risks, complications, or side effects. Patients can leave the treatment facility by walking immediately after the procedure.
Surgeons aim for patients to reach their ideal weight within 6 to 9 months after the Stomach Botox procedure. During this period, if patients fail to reach their ideal weight, the surgeon may reapply Stomach Botox to ensure the continuation of weight loss.
After the Stomach Botox procedure, there will be a noticeable decrease in hunger and appetite. These effects peak one week after the procedure and continue for a period of 6 months. The procedure enables rapid achievement of the ideal weight.
What are the Side Effects of Stomach Botox?
The application of Stomach Botox does not have any serious side effects or complications. Therefore, the success rates are quite high, making it a reliable procedure. In very few cases, temporary and mild stomach nausea may occur during the first few weeks after the procedure. However, these side effects are much milder compared to those seen after stomach reduction surgery or gastric balloon procedures.
The full effect of the substance injected during the Stomach Botox procedure will disappear within 6 months. Therefore, there is no possibility of permanent damage. The main purpose of this procedure is to completely block the nerves in specific areas of the stomach. It has not been scientifically proven that the procedure causes significant damage to the stomach.
Things to Consider After Stomach Botox
After the procedure, patients can continue with their daily lives. A feeling of fullness and decreased appetite will begin a few days after the procedure. Some individuals may experience side effects such as stomach nausea in the early days. Immediately after the procedure, patients should consume liquid foods.
During this process, special diet programs will be prepared for patients, aiming to change their eating habits. Stomach Botox alone is not sufficient; it should be combined with exercise and a diet.
The fastest weight loss process after the procedure will be in the first month. Generally, patients can lose around 4 to 6 kilograms in the first month. Afterwards, patients who can continue to lose weight may reach the targeted 25-30% within one year.
Losing weight with this procedure is relatively easy. However, it is essential to follow a diet program under the supervision of a doctor. For a significant portion of patients who do not follow any diet during this process, losing weight is nearly impossible.