About Semaglutide Treatment for Weight Loss
Semaglutide is a medication that has been approved by the FDA for the treatment of weight loss. It belongs to a class of medications called GLP-1 receptor agonists. Semaglutide works by activating the GLP-1 receptors in the brain, which can help reduce appetite and increase feelings of fullness, resulting in weight loss.
How often do I need to take Semaglutide?
Semaglutide treatment requires once-weekly, self-administered injections using a small insulin-type syringe. One of our doctors would train you in the proper technique for doing these injections.
Who is the ideal candidate for Semaglutide treatment?
Semaglutide is indicated for adults with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater, or individuals with a BMI of 27 or greater and at least one weight-related medical condition (such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, or high cholesterol)
How effective is Semaglutide for weight loss?
Clinical studies have shown promising results with semaglutide for weight management. During a 68-week clinical trial called the STEP 1 trial, participants who received semaglutide lost an average of 14.9% of their body weight. However, it is important to note that individual weight loss can vary, and results may differ based on factors such as starting weight, lifestyle changes, and adherence to treatment.
How long do I have to take Semaglutide?
As for the duration of the treatment, in clinical trials, semaglutide was administered once a week, and the course of therapy usually lasted for 68 weeks. However, the exact duration and dosage of semaglutide treatment can vary depending on individual circumstances.
What are the side effects of Semaglutide?
As with any medication, Semaglutide treatment for weight loss may have potential adverse effects. Common side effects of Semaglutide include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain, and decreased appetite. In rare cases, serious side effects such as pancreatitis have been reported. Before starting this treatment, it is important to consult with your healthcare provider to understand the associated risks and benefits.
The use of Semaglutide for weight loss may be associated with certain complications. It is crucial to regularly monitor blood sugar levels, especially in individuals with type 2 diabetes, as Semaglutide may affect glucose control. Additionally, patients should be aware of the signs and symptoms of pancreatitis, such as severe abdominal pain, which may require immediate medical attention.
What are some of the alternatives to Semaglutide?
Alternative Treatments for Weight Loss: While Semaglutide can be an effective option for weight loss, it is important to remember that other alternatives also exist including lifestyle modifications such as a healthy diet, regular exercise, behavior therapy, and counseling. Depending on individual circumstances, these approaches may be used alone or in combination with other medications.
Can I combine Semaglutide with other treatments?
Semaglutide treatment for weight loss can also be combined with body shaping treatments, such as liposuction, EMSCULPT neo, Coolsculpting, and other surgical and non-surgical types of treatment. A combination of weight loss and body contouring can help you look your best at every age.
Why Gateway Aesthetic Institute and Laser Center?
Artistic skill combined with sound medical and aesthetic judgment is the key to natural, attractive, and well-balanced results. At Gateway Aesthetic Institute & Laser Center, our board-certified, fellowship-trained dermatologists have over 30 years of experience as pioneers in aesthetic treatments. They take a holistic approach to facial assessment and take great joy in creating comprehensive, individualized treatment plans that combine a variety of treatment modalities to help patients feel confident and refreshed. When you place your care in the hands of highly experienced, specialty-trained physicians, you can feel confident that your safety, well-being, and beautiful aesthetic outcomes will be meticulously handled.