Because it ‘freezes’ muscles, Botox is used for many reasons, from diminishing wrinkles, to combating hyperhidrosis of the underarms. Wait until you read about the latest Botox fix that has many people shocked.
Research suggests that Botox injections in your gut may help you lose weight. For one study, presented at Digestive Disease Week, researchers in Norway gave 20 obese patients (with BMIs between 35 and 44) injections of Botox in their stomachs, into a nerve that controls hunger. According to Livescience.com, they received a second injection after six months.
Seventy percent of the patients lost an average of 17 percent of their excess body weight after one year. After 18 months and three injections, 75 percent of participants had lost an average of 28 percent of their excess weight.
Even though the results of the study seem encouraging, we probably won’t see Botox being used as a practical weight loss method soon, says John Morton, M.D., the chief of Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Surgery at the Stanford School of Medicine.
“I don’t think this is going to be a future intervention with a lot of utility. The long-term results are not good,” he said.
One part of the problem is that the results of Botox aren’t permanent; therefore, using it as a weight-loss tool requires regular invasive procedures. Morton also adds that some research suggests that you can build up a tolerance to the Botox, meaning it would not be as effective over time.