Semaglutide Weight Loss

semaglutide weight loss

As we all know, it gets harder to shed unwanted weight the older we get. Multiple factors such as stress, hormones, metabolism, and energy levels all impact our ability to lose weight.  If diet and exercise are simply not enough to reach your desired goal of an aesthetic body, our weight loss program will give you the support you need to finally shed those stubborn pounds. Whether you want to look your best or have the best possible surgical outcome, our celebrity shot can help.

What Is Semaglutide?

Semaglutide, or Glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1), stimulates the pancreas to release insulin, slowing the body’s gastric motility, while reducing appetite, and stabilizing blood sugar. This in turn helps with eating less, decreasing food cravings, and stabilizing glucose levels, all while shedding those unwanted pounds. The weekly injection, which you can perform in the comfort of your own home, will help you lose 1-2 lbs a week on average.

This drug was first designed as a treatment for diabetic patients, however, it was found to have profound weight loss properties in patients.

Semaglutide/GLP-1 works by mimicking a hormone called glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1), which influences areas of the brain that regulate appetite and food intake. Semaglutide/GLP-1 is the first approved drug for weight management in obese or overweight adults. Obesity is a severe health issue affecting over 70% of Americans and is associated with numerous co-morbidities such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease. Diet and exercise can improve these risk factors. However, it can be difficult to maintain a strict routine, and there is still no guarantee that you will see results from lifestyle changes alone.

How Does SG Cause Weight Loss?

Semaglutide/GLP-1 encourages your pancreas to release the correct amount of insulin when blood sugar levels are high. Using Semaglutide/GLP-1 to increase insulin secretion while slowing down how fast your stomach empties food works in the following ways:

  • Slowed digestion
  • Reduced appetite
  • Stabilized blood sugar & energy

A suppressed appetite means you feel full longer, which helps you eat less while losing weight. On average, you can lose up to two pounds per week with a once-per-week injectable dose of Semaglutide.

The revolutionary part of this treatment is that patients are not hungry or feel as if they are “dieting.” Our goal long-term is to help patients create better dietary habits. counseled on improving dietary habits and increasing physical activity.

Potential Side Effects of Semaglutide

The most common adverse issues were gastrointestinal issues such nausea, constipation, dry mouth, acid reflux, headaches, and fatigue. In general, semaglutide is extremely well tolerated.

Who Are the Best Candidates?

  • Patients who are overweight or obese. BMI > 27 and one comorbidity, or BMI >30
  • Patients who want to decrease their weight, look their best, and improve their overall health.
  • Patients who are not diabetic or currently on any diabetic medications.
  • Patients who do not have a history of thyroid cancer.
  • Patients who do not have any pancreatic issues.
  • Patients who are not trying to become pregnant
  • Patients who have realistic expectations and understand the best results happen when Semaglutide is combined with lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise.
  • Patients who want to improve their overall appearance.
  • Patients who are undergoing cosmetic surgery and would like to achieve the best surgical result possible.
  • Patients with goals to be at their ideal weight prior to surgery.
  • Patients who need to achieve a certain amount of weight loss for a safe surgery.

Keep in mind that semaglutide may be used as a standalone treatment or in conjunction with surgery.

What To Expect From Your Semaglutide Journey

Semaglutide treatment typically consists of the following:

  • An initial consultation is performed which includes reviewing medical history and discussing weight loss goals.
  • Lab work is required before starting the program. Recent lab work within 3 months is acceptable.
  • The risks and benefits of the medications will be discussed.

Once the lab work has been received and reviewed the treatment plan can be established and the patient may start on the once-weekly injections.

Semaglutide is a “step-up” program requiring the medication to be titrated to an effective dose. You will have follow-up visits at our office to check your progress and adjust your medication dosage accordingly. By titrating the dose, patients typically tolerate the medication very well and see remarkable results.

Upon completion of your 12-week injection series (program), re-evaluation is scheduled to determine the next steps in your personalized maintenance regimen.

Learn More About Semaglutide Weight Loss in Austin

Live your best life with Semaglutide by gaining more confidence and improving your overall health. It’s the secret shot of the stars. Let us help guide you through your weight loss journey. Book a complimentary consultation online today or call us at (512) 815-0123. Austin Cosmetic Medspa proudly serves Austin and the surrounding areas of Texas.

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