If you are struggling with losing weight, carrying excess weight after childbirth, or have seen gradual weight gain as you age, options may be available to help. Our weight management program is now offering semaglutide, the active ingredient in the newest Rx-only weight loss medications Wegovy and Ozempic that you have seen advertised on TV.
You can receive this active ingredient as part of a B-12 vitamin shot once a week for as long as you’re achieving your weight loss goals.
Semaglutide is a medication that was initially approved for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. However, it has recently been approved by the FDA for the treatment of obesity as well. Semaglutide is a glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonist that works by regulating appetite and reducing food intake.
The benefits of using semaglutide for weight loss are significant.
Clinical trials have shown that semaglutide can result in an average weight loss of 15-20% of body weight over a 68-week period, which is considerably more than other weight loss medications on the market.
As for potential side effects, the most common ones include nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, and constipation. These side effects are usually mild to moderate and tend to improve over time.
However, some people may experience more serious side effects, such as pancreatitis, gallbladder disease, and kidney problems. It’s important to talk to your doctor about the potential risks and benefits of using semaglutide for weight loss, especially if you have a history of these conditions or other medical issues.
Semaglutide for weight loss is currently approved for use in adults with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater or for those with a BMI of 27 or greater and at least one weight-related medical condition, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol.
It’s important to note that semaglutide is not a magic pill for weight loss and should only be used as part of a comprehensive weight loss plan that includes diet, exercise, and behavioral modifications. In clinical trials, semaglutide was used in combination with a reduced-calorie diet and increased physical activity to achieve the desired weight loss results.
Additionally, semaglutide is not recommended for use in pregnant or breastfeeding women, those with a personal or family history of medullary thyroid cancer or multiple endocrine neoplasia syndrome type 2, or those with a history of pancreatitis. It’s important to discuss any potential risks and benefits of using semaglutide with your doctor, especially if you have a history of any medical conditions or take any other medications.
Overall, semaglutide can be a useful tool for weight loss in certain individuals, but it should only be used under the guidance of a healthcare professional and as part of a comprehensive weight loss plan.
Semaglutide can offer significant benefits in a plastic surgery practice by providing an additional tool for patients who are struggling to lose weight before undergoing certain procedures. For example, weight loss may be necessary before undergoing body contouring procedures such as liposuction, tummy tucks, or arm lifts, as excess fat can interfere with the outcome of these surgeries.
In such cases, semaglutide may be a helpful tool to jump-start weight loss efforts and achieve the desired weight loss goal prior to surgery.
In addition, semaglutide may also be beneficial for patients who have undergone bariatric surgery, as weight regain can occur over time in some patients.
Semaglutide may be used as an adjunct to diet and exercise to help patients maintain their weight loss after bariatric surgery, thereby improving their long-term results and quality of life.
Overall, semaglutide may be a useful tool in a plastic surgery practice for patients who need to lose weight before or after certain procedures, and can potentially improve outcomes and patient satisfaction. However, it is important to carefully screen patients for any contraindications and to closely monitor for potential side effects.
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