Known for its effectiveness in treating various conditions ranging from reducing the appearance of facial lines to excessive sweating, Botulinum Toxin, generally known under its trade name ‘Botox’ highlights another possible field of application that has been showing very promising results in the recent years with an increase in the number of patients traveling to Turkey specifically for this treatment; ‘Gastric Botox for Weight-loss’.
What is Gastric Botox?
Gastric Botox also known under different names such as stomach botox and gastric botox injection for weight loss, is a rather new non-surgical procedure for weight loss that has been successfully performed in Turkey for more than 10 years and has gained popularity especially in the recent years as an effective and alternative way to lose weight.
Through the application of this technique that works by inhibiting certain nerve signals in the muscles of the stomach wall that regulate feelings of hunger and satiety, individuals are able to lose weight with an average of 10-15 kilograms in 3 to 6 months.
How Does Gastric Botox Work?
Gastric Botox works by administering botox injections into specified regions of the stomach wall with the aim to block muscle contraction, which will help slow down the digestive process (also known as gastric emptying) and stomach motility. This in turn will extend the feeling of fullness experienced after eating food that will result in a decrease in appetite; reducing the overall amount of food intake and facilitating weight loss within time.
In addition to this, botox injected into the stomach, particularly the ‘gastric fundus region’, which is the upper part of the stomach, reduces the amount of the Ghrelin peptide hormone released.
The ghrelin hormone - considered as the appetite center of the stomach- is one of the primary hormones that stimulates the feeling of hunger. So as the ghrelin levels decrease, the feeling of fullness will increase, keeping the patient full for a longer period of time.
Who is a Candidate for Gastric Botox?
- Individuals who have been unsuccessful in their efforts to achieve or maintain a healthy body weight through diet and exercise even after many attempts
- Individuals who have a BMI higher than 25 kg/m² but lower than 35 kg/m² and therefore do not qualify for bariatric surgery.
- Individuals who have a BMI ranging between 35 kg/m² to 40 kg/m² but do not want to undergo bariatric surgery
Patients who have contacted Arpanu Medical will be evaluated by our Bariatric Surgeon to determine their eligibility for gastric botox. As a part of the evaluation process they will be asked to provide their medical history.
For our patients travelling from abroad, we will be arranging virtual consultation sessions with our surgeon prior a month before their arrival and keep them informed with the requirements and guidelines, ensuring that every step of the process is handled with exceptional care.
What Should I Expect From the Procedure?
The procedure that is performed endoscopically on an outpatient basis requires minimal preparation and usually takes an average of 20-25 minutes under mild sedation. After the treatment, the patient will be kept under observation for 2-3 hours and may leave once he/she feels ready.
The effects of botox injections will begin within 3-5 days following the procedure and generally last up to 6 months. After 6 months the treatment can be repeated and the patient may undergo 3 sessions in total for a duration of 18 months
Are There Any Risks or Side Effects?
Gastric Botox is considered a safe procedure especially when performed under the expertise of Turkish surgeons. Generally only mild side effects are experienced by patients. Some of the possible side effects include;
- Feeling of bloating and mild abdominal pain
What are the Advantages & Disadvantages of Stomach Botox?
Advantages of Stomach Botox;
- No surgical intervention is needed,
- Performed endoscopically on an outpatient basis; minimal discomfort
- Faster recovery compared to other bariatric procedures such as Gastric Bypass Surgery,
- Minimal risks and side effects,
- Since the healing process is shorter, patients can easily return to their normal daily activities
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