Expressing that stomach botox is a method in which botox is applied endoscopically to the stomach, General Surgery Specialist Op. Dr. İlker Özel said that the aim of the method is to reduce the emptying rate of the stomach and to reduce the release of the hormone called Ghrelin, also known as the hunger hormone, to achieve a longer feeling of satiety. Kiss. Dr. İlker Özel stated that thanks to stomach botox, patients’ compliance with the diet will become much easier and the rate of weight loss will increase.
“HUNGER HORMONE LEVEL DECREASES”
Stating that Botox is used in a wide variety of areas of the body today, Op. Dr. İlker Özel pointed out that all of these uses are based on the principle that botox temporarily reduces muscle contraction.
Kiss. Dr. İlker Özel shared the following information about the effects of botox on the stomach:
“Just as in other uses, when botox is applied to the stomach, the contraction of the muscles in the stomach wall is temporarily weakened, and in this way, the stomach begins to send the food in it to the intestines in a much later time. In addition, when botox is applied to the fundus area of the stomach during the procedure, the level of Ghrelin, known as the hunger hormone, also decreases. Therefore, we reach a state of satiety that lasts longer.”
“THE PROCESS TAKES 15-20 MINUTES”
Pointing out that the patients should come to the hospital by staying hungry the night before the operation day where stomach botox will be applied, Op. Dr. İlker Özel said, “This procedure is performed endoscopically without surgery while the patient is under sedation. It takes about 15-20 minutes on average. Our patients do not feel pain during or after the procedure, and they can start food and be discharged within 1-2 hours.
“WEIGHT LOSS STARTS WITHIN 1 MONTH”
Stating that the first effects will begin 4 to 7 days after the stomach botox application, Op. Dr. İlker Özel emphasized that weight loss will begin within the first month, and that the effect of the treatment will disappear after 6 months, as in every botox procedure.
“AVERAGE OF 15-20 KG CAN BE LOSE”
Kiss. Dr. İlker Özel said, “Although it varies depending on the initial weight of the patient and how much he supports the application with diet and exercise, we see an average of 15-20 kg of weight loss in patients who have undergone stomach botox.”
“BETTER RESULTS CAN BE OBTAINED IF REPEATED AFTER 6 MONTHS”
Emphasizing that the botox process repeated after 6 months will give better results in the stomach, just like the botox process applied to other parts of the body, Op. Dr. İlker Özel stated that patients can achieve very good results if they follow the diet and exercise programs in the post-procedure period.
“SUPPORTED WITH DIET AND EXERCISE”
Kiss. Dr. İlker Özel explained the benefits of stomach botox as follows:
“Botox process starts to lose weight for patients who cannot lose enough weight with diet and exercise alone. For this reason, patients begin to feel better psychologically, and therefore, they begin to follow diet and exercise programs more comfortably and willingly. In addition, since we will get a feeling of satiety for a longer time after the procedure, it will be easier to comply with the diet. As a result, even better results will be obtained if the botox process is supported by diet and exercise.”