The hype surrounding the gastric balloon and its effectiveness is raising eyebrows, particularly among Kenyan social media influencers. In the past year, a surge of influencers opted for gastric balloon surgery. The transparency displayed by these influencers initially showcased positive results, but a lingering question remains: does the gastric balloon truly work?
The gastric balloon, composed of soft, smooth, and durable silicone rubber, is strategically placed in the stomach. This is to reduce the stomach’s capacity, inducing a sensation of fullness with less food. The insertion process involves a deflated balloon introduced through the mouth and into the stomach by a doctor using an endoscope – a thin, flexible tube. Once in place, the balloon is filled with saline solution, creating a sense of fullness that persists longer between meals.
While the concept of the gastric balloon seems promising, the real-world results are now under scrutiny. Initial success stories are overshadowed by a growing realization that, for many influencers, the lost weight is returning after a few months. It prompts a crucial question: is the gastric balloon the magical solution we were all anticipating, or just a temporary illusion of weight loss?
Kenyan social media influencers still radiate confidence in their bodies, yet the nagging doubt remains – would they still endorse the procedure, knowing it isn’t the miraculous fix we hoped for?
The gastric balloon may sound like an easy solution, but investing a substantial amount only to witness a temporary transformation raises concerns about its long-term efficacy. As the debate continues, the allure of rapid weight loss through the gastric balloon is met with a cautionary reminder: does the price tag match the promise?