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What Is Semaglutide?

Semaglutide, commonly sold under the brand name Ozempic, is an injectable weight loss medication that falls under the category of glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonists. It can help people lose weight by making it easier to limit their caloric intake and reducing unhealthy cravings. Semaglutide is also used regularly to treat type 2 diabetes. 

If you're interested in Semaglutide in Tampa, please schedule a consultation at Holcomb Kreithen Plastic Surgery & Medspa.

How Does Semaglutide Work?

When it’s injected into your system, Semaglutide mimics the hormone GLP-1, which is released in the gut after eating. This hormone impacts the parts of the brain that make you feel full and control your appetite. As a result, you won’t feel hungry as often, which will allow you to consume fewer calories and control your food cravings. Additionally, Semaglutide stimulates the body to increase its insulin production, lowering blood sugar levels in the process. When combined with a healthy lifestyle, Semaglutide can help obese and overweight individuals get significantly slimmer.

To take Semaglutide, you must inject a specific dose once per week into your upper arm, abdomen, or thigh, rotating the injection site each week.

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Benefits of Semaglutide

Semaglutide can be an effective tool in your weight loss journey, offering some or all of the following benefits:

  • Reduced appetite
  • Preventing overeating
  • Reduced caloric intake
  • Fewer unhealthy cravings
  • Lower blood sugar
  • Slimmer, more toned figure
  • Increased wardrobe options
  • Reduced risk of many health conditions
  • Significantly easier weight loss
  • Improved self-confidence

How Much Weight Can You Lose With Semaglutide?

Each patient’s situation is unique, and the results of Semaglutide treatment tend to vary from one person to the next. For example, your lifestyle habits will have a major impact on how much weight you lose with this medication. That said, clinical studies have shown that with individuals taking Semaglutide for 68 weeks, half lost 15% of their body weight, and one-third lost 20%.

On average, it takes around 8 to 12 weeks to start seeing significant improvements in your weight and physique while taking Semaglutide in Tampa. However, some people see results in only around a month.

    Side Effects of Semaglutide

    In some patients, Semaglutide can cause certain side effects, most of which are mild. The most common side effects experienced include the following:

    • Gastrointestinal issues
    • Fatigue
    • Headache
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting
    • Dizziness
    • Injection site swelling, redness, or itching

    What Is Tirzepatide?

    At Holcomb Kreithen Plastic Surgery & Medspa in Tampa, we also offer another injectable weight loss medication called Tirzepatide, commonly sold under the brand name Mounjaro. Tirzepatide is part of the class of medications known as dual GIP/GLP-1 receptor co-agonists, which mimic the hormones GLP-1 and GIP. Tirzepatide is a safe and effective treatment that can be used for both weight loss and the treatment of type 2 diabetes.

    If you're interested in Tirzepatide in Tampa, please schedule a consultation at Holcomb Kreithen Plastic Surgery & Medspa.

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    How Does Tirzepatide Work?

    In some ways, the way Tirzepatide works is similar to the way Semaglutide works. Like Semaglutide, Tirzepatide mimics the GLP-1 hormone, which makes the patient feel full and satisfied more quickly after eating. This helps to keep overeating under control, reduce unhealthy food cravings, and stick to a diet. This medication also mimics the GIP hormone, which also helps us feel full in addition to increasing insulin production. This lowers blood sugar levels and makes it far easier to limit the amount of calories you consume.

    The way that Tirzepatide is administered is just like Semaglutide. The medication is prescribed as a weekly injection in the upper arm, thigh, or abdomen.

    Benefits of Tirzepatide

    If you’re obese or overweight with a weight-related health condition, Tirzepatide can offer you some or all of the following benefits:

    • Improved ability to lose weight
    • Reduction of unhealthy cravings
    • Helps to reduce caloric intake and avoid overeating
    • Reduced blood sugar
    • Improved self-confidence
    • Slimmer, more toned figure
    • Reduced risk of many health conditions
    • Increased wardrobe options

    How Much Weight Can You Lose With Tirzepatide?

    The results of Tirzepatide can vary depending on the patient, their lifestyle habits, and the dosage of medication. Studies have shown that patients taking Tirzepatide weekly for 72 weeks can expect to lose between 15% and 22.5% of their body weight.

    Although some patients see results sooner, you can typically expect to notice significant weight loss after taking Tirzepatide for approximately 8 to 12 weeks.

    Side Effects of Tirzepatide

    Although they are usually mild, Tirzepatide has been shown to cause certain side effects in some patients. The most common side effects include the following:

    • Nausea
    • Loss of appetite
    • Tiredness
    • Diarrhea
    • Constipation
    • Upset stomach
    • Injection site swelling, itching, or redness

    Are You a Good Candidate for Weight Loss Injections in Tampa?

    If you’re overweight with a weight-related health condition or obese, you could be a good candidate for Semaglutide or Tirzepatide in Tampa. Typically, the best candidates for these weight loss injectables have had trouble losing weight through diet and exercise alone. Ideal candidates for these treatments should also meet the following requirements:

    • Have a BMI above 30 (or above 27 with at least one weight-related health condition)
    • Be willing to maintain a healthy lifestyle
    • Have the desire to reduce your caloric intake and lose weight
    • Have no history of thyroid cancer
    • Have no history of pancreatitis
    • Have no history of gallbladder disease
    • Have reasonable expectations for the treatment

    Why Choose HK Plastic Surgery & Medspa for Weight Loss Injections in Tampa?

    If you think that weight loss injections could be what you need to find success in your weight loss journey, our team at Holcomb - Kreithen Plastic Surgery & Medspa in Tampa will be there to assist you. During your consultation, our board-certified acute care nurse practitioner, Stacy Ninan, will sit down with you, evaluate your unique situation, and answer any questions that you have. Based on your health and weight loss goals, she will help you determine if either of these medications is right for you and help you get started on your treatment. At our clinic, we provide high-quality, personalized care in a comfortable, welcoming environment.

    If you’d like to learn more about Semaglutide and Tirzepatide or schedule a consultation, contact our office today.

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