Updated on October 24th, 2023
Gastric Botox is a non-surgical method that forms the basis for weight loss by prolonging the feeling of satiety in order to reduce the amount of food consumed by the patient.
The treatment, which was approved after long studies for patients who are afraid of surgical interventions, started to be applied in Turkey after Europe and America. It is known as the most ideal treatment option for patients who complain of excess weight, experience incompatibility in diet programs, cannot manage the weight loss process as it should be, or have weight loss problems due to health problems.
There is no known harm of stomach botox. Stomach botox is a simple application that can be applied to anyone who wants to lose weight.
Gastric Botox, a bariatric intervention, is based on prolonging the patient’s satiety period by blocking the muscles and nerves that affect the feeling of hunger and satiety. The procedure, which is applied endoscopically, takes an average of 20-30 minutes. Since the patient is under sedation during the operation, no pain is felt.
Therefore, it can be said to be a very comfortable treatment method. Thanks to Botox, the contraction of the stomach muscles is temporarily slowed down and the exit time of the food consumed from the stomach is prolonged. Thus, the feeling of satiety is prolonged, decreased appetite and less food consumption is achieved due to nerve blockage.
The slimming process starts within 1 month with the effect of gastric botox, which starts 3-7 days after the treatment is performed. The effect of the procedure is permanent for up to 6 months. If the procedure is supported with a personalized diet program, there is a chance to lose between 4-20 kilos within 6 months.
Botox applied to the stomach muscles is effective on the smooth muscles of the stomach. The contraction capacity of the muscles exposed to Botox decreases. For example; When the contraction of the stomach muscles, which process the food consumed in 2-3 hours and expel it at the end of 4-4 and a half hours, is slowed down with botox, this process can be extended up to 10-12 hours.
With the help of an injection into the fundus of the stomach, where the hunger hormone called ghrelin is secreted most intensely, the hunger hormone level is significantly reduced. Thus, the patient’s appetite is reduced, resulting in less feeling of hunger and a longer-lasting feeling of satiety.
With a 6-month duration of effect, stomach botox usually provides the expected effect in a single session depending on the patient’s weight level. In some cases, if the patient’s need for weight loss continues despite the first procedure, a second application can be performed after 6 months. The treatment can be applied up to 3 sessions according to literature information. In applications with multiple sessions, each session is performed at 6-month intervals.
The most important factor affecting the success of the procedure is how much of the stomach botox is applied and the experience of the surgeon. In order for the stomach botox procedure to be effective, it must be applied to a large part of the stomach. Therefore, the amount of botox used for gastric botox is 100 times the amount of botox used in skin rejuvenation. Since the amount of botox used in cheaper operations is less, the procedure cannot be effective enough.
The gastric botox procedure can be applied to anyone with a body mass index below 35, who does not have stomach problems or botox allergies, who is incompatible with diet programs, and who complains of excess weight. However; there are also some health problems that constitute an obstacle for treatment.
Gastric botox procedures performed at Estetikland are performed by Assoc. Dr. Ali Durmuş.