Semaglutide is an injectable glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) agonist; GLP-1 is an incretin hormone that plays a role in your appetite and digestion. Incretins — hormones released by your digestive tract — are sent out by your body after you’ve eaten a meal. They help lower your blood sugar by triggering insulin release and blocking sugar production. They also slow down how quickly food leaves your stomach (called gastric emptying).
The result of these actions causes you to feel full — lowering your appetite and causing you to lose weight. Medications like GLP-1 agonists are referred to as incretin mimetics since they “mimic” these effects.
GLP-1 agonists, like semaglutide, were originally used to treat Type 2 diabetes. This was due to their blood sugar-lowering effects. However, the weight loss side effect has been shown to benefit people without Type 2 diabetes as well.
After scheduling a consultation with Dr. Geoghegan, she’ll start you on the recommended dosage. Your recommended protocol will be discussed during your consultation and can vary slightly, but typically includes a progressively increasing dosage of a once-a-week subcutaneous injection. Semaglutide is provided by a medical professional but is a weekly injection given to yourself at home.
Results can vary from patient to patient depending on your starting weight, general health and lifestyle. You can start seeing results within a few weeks, but will most likely be seen in time.
While patients can see significant weight loss results from Semaglutide alone, it is also recommend to alter lifestyle and diet choices for optimal results.
Schedule your consult with Dr. Geoghegan today to get Semaglutide in Scottsdale.
Depending on how much fat is being lost and the health of your skin, you may need additional skin tightening procedures to achieve your full body contouring results. A series of Morpheus8 treatments can be performed for additional skin tightening after weight loss.
Liposuction is a body sculpting procedure to remove stubborn pockets of fat that do not respond to diet and exercise. Liposuction can be combined with Semaglutide to get rid of that stubborn fat.
BodyTite is a non-invasive device that uses a radiofrequency assisted lipolysis (RFAL) technology to target and eliminate fat stores in problem areas throughout the body. BodyTite can debulk the stubborn fat while providing additional skin tightening.
Our doctor will go over all details on how to give yourself Semaglutide injections at home, and we also send you home with intructions after your consult.
Semaglutide is a once weekly subcutaneous injection, which means the injection is given in the fatty tissue, just under the skin.
You do not see to see the doctor to refill your prescription, but you can schedule follow up appointments as needed to review your goals and dosage.
The length of treatment depends on your weight loss goals.
Some patients experience light nausea, but your dosage can be adjusted if you are experiencing nausea,
Almost anyone with weight to lose or that has had trouble losing weight in the past can be a candidate for Semaglutide.
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