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What is Semaglutide?

Semaglutide is an injectable medication that was FDA-approved in 2021 for weight loss and sold under the brand name of WeGovy. The FDA has also approved it by its brand name, Ozempic, to help control diabetes as an oral medication. Both Ozempic and Wegovy are Semaglutide injectable medications.

By mimicking a hormone in the body, Semaglutide increases insulin secretion while reducing how fast your stomach empties food. Doing so suppresses your appetite, so you feel full longer, helping you eat less and lose weight. 

The drug was initially approved in 2017 at a lower dose to control blood sugar in Type 2 diabetes. As an additional benefit, people taking Semaglutide for blood sugar control lose weight. After studying higher doses of the medication in people without Type 2 diabetes, the FDA approved Semaglutide for weight loss in qualified adults.

How does Semaglutide cause weight loss?

Semaglutide mimics glucagon-like peptide-1 (or GLP-1), a hormone that targets areas in the brain regulating appetite and food intake. After eating, your digestive tract releases this incretin hormone to lower your blood sugar by releasing insulin to block sugar production. This process helps you eat less while losing one to two pounds weekly. While a reduced-calorie meal plan increases the rate at which you lose and keep off weight, dieting is not necessary to lose weight with Semaglutide.

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Candidates for Semaglutide weight loss injections

When determining whether you are a good candidate for Semaglutide weight loss injections, Dr. Tseng will assess the extent of your being overweight. Semaglutide is intended for adults with a body mass index (or BMI) greater than or equal to 30.

However, you may be a candidate for Semaglutide weight loss if your BMI is 27 and you have at least one of the following conditions:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Type 2 diabetes

To reiterate, while Semaglutide should be combined with healthy lifestyle changes, these measures are optional to lose weight with Semaglutide injections.

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Tseng Plastic Surgery Semaglutide program

Weight management is not just about calories, exercise, or numbers on a scale. It is about reducing your risk of disease and improving your overall health, so you can feel great about your body while living your life to the fullest.

We would love to speak with you about our medical weight loss programs, such as our Semaglutide program, which is priced at $1,099. This program includes:

What are the benefits of Semaglutide?

Semaglutide is a safe and highly effective hormone-based weight loss medication that is the first of its kind. In clinical trials, the injections helped most recipients lose 10% of their body weight. More than half reduced their weight by 15%, which most healthcare professionals say can help reduce the risk of future chronic illnesses.

The FDA studied Semaglutide’s safety and efficacy in four 68-week trials. Individuals who received the injections safely lost 6.2% of their initial body weight compared to those who received a placebo. 

Health benefits associated with Semaglutide for weight loss include the following:

  • Lower blood sugar without increasing hypoglycemia
  • Reduced body weight, lipids, blood pressure, inflammatory markers, and oxidative stress
  • Suppressed appetite
  • Improved insulin synthesis and secretion
  • Reduced glucagon levels in fasting and after eating
  • Increased sensation of fullness in the brain
  • Reduced gastric emptying in the intestines helps you feel fuller for longer
  • Weight loss
  • More significant improvement in cardiovascular risk factors associated with obesity
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What are the side effects of Semaglutide?

However, it is essential to be aware of reported side effects when determining whether Semaglutide is best for you.

Gastrointestinal side effects are most common, especially after increasing your dose. The most common side effects of Semaglutide include the following:

  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Stomach pain
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Indigestion
  • Dizziness
  • Bloating
  • Burping
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Why choose Dr. Tseng for Semaglutide in Kirkland and Auburn?

Dr. Tseng has been practicing plastic surgery and non-surgical enhancements for 17 years. He has invested in the technology needed to treat every condition he encounters, including cutting-edge Semaglutide weight loss injections.

When you choose Tseng Aesthetics, you can expect honesty, open communication, and a focus on you and your vision for your body. Dr. Tseng will never over-promise and under-deliver, and he keeps his prices reasonable so that people from all walks of life can enjoy the results of our innovative treatments.

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