Stomach Botox has emerged recently as one of the procedures that provide a solution for the obesity problem.
Gastric Botox injection is a process in which the stomach wall is injected from the inside with Botox, which is the substance known to be used to smooth facial wrinkles and to treat migraines, as this material relaxes the facial muscles.
And just the same way it works on the face muscles, it neutralizes the motor nerves and the smooth muscles of the stomach wall for a period that can extend up to 6 months, causing a relaxation in the stomach, which suppresses appetite, makes the feeling of satiety last longer and causes a decrease in the amount of food consumed, and by this mechanism it helps obesity patients lose weight.
The stomach Botox injection is a totally pain-free procedure performed by endoscope through the mouth, and without general anesthesia, this procedure is not considered a surgical operation as in other procedures for obesity treatment, which makes this injection procedure completely safe.
Who is a Candidate for gastric Botox injections?
As in other bariatric procedures, a patient is considered a candidate for this procedure in the following cases:
- If the patient suffers from obesity, and regular weight-loss techniques such as using diet and exercise have failed.
- If the patient has one of the obesity related health conditions, such as: type 2 diabetes mellitus, and elevated blood pressure.
What to expect after stomach Botox injections?
In clinical studies, patients who have had Botox injections were followed-up, a weight loss of about 10 kilograms were observed during a 6-month period after the injection, and six months normally is the period of time in which Botox works the most, as Botox remains active in your stomach for 4 to 6 months before being metabolized and excreted.
In general, stomach Botox injection is an ideal solution for patients who aim to lose 10 to 15 kilograms of weight.
The effectiveness of the injected Botox can last up to 6 months, and it may be necessary to get a second injection after this period.
What are the possible complications of Botox injections?
Compared to other weight-loss operations, this procedure is considered relatively safe, and the complications that may result from gastric Botox injections are very simple in relation to other procedures.
Botox injection procedure does not need the patient to be under general anesthesia when performing the injection, and the patient does not need to stay overnight in the hospital, and they can resume their normal life and return to work immediately after the procedure.
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