Botox & Weight Loss
Scientists and medics are constantly exploring new uses for botulinum toxin. Now a team in Norway are testing the potential to use botox injections to help obese patients to lose weight.
While botulinum toxin (better known as BOTOX®) is undoubtedly best known for its use as an anti-ageing treatment, there are already a number of other uses that have been tried and tested.
For example, botox injections are licensed for use in treating excessive sweating.
Even before finding popularity among those seeking help for lines and wrinkles, they were originally used to treat eye squint.
Botox is also used to help migraine sufferers and has also been used for back problems and urinary incontinence.
Yet the feature in common is that botox works by relaxing the muscle movements through blocking nerve signals.
Therefore, when injected into stomach wall muscles, BOTOX works by slowing the digestion process, delaying the speed at which food travels through the stomach by up to 50%; so that the patient feels fuller for longer and less hungry, so that they naturally are inclined to eat less.
Studies on animal subjects have suggested it could reduce weight by up to a third in 5 weeks, offering hope to the millions of Brits struggling to maintain a healthy weight. It would certainly be significantly cheaper than surgery and without the inherent risks of surgical procedures such as the gastric band or bypass, being a minimally invasive option.
However, there is much further work to be done before this becomes available as a treatment option in the UK.
Until then, BOTOX’s main use will continue to be as a highly effective wrinkle treatment.
Cosmedics Skin Clinics ONLY use GMC registered doctors for botox and dermal fillers at their London and Bristol clinics. Medical Director, Dr Ross Perry, ensures high levels of skill and special training in the latest botox methods.
At Cosmedics, patients all have a face to face consultation with the Doctor prior to treatment. This consultation is absolutely free and without obligation, providing a forum for discussion of treatment. As appropriate, the doctor will then personally prescribe and inject Botox – there is no element of injectable cosmetic treatments that is not handled directly by the doctor.
To learn more about Botox injections, why not arrange a private consultation with one of Cosmedics’ highly trained doctors.
Call 020 7386 0464 for an appointment or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
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