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What is Semaglutide?

Initially intended to treat type 2 Diabetes, Semaglutide is a potent glycemic stabilizer designed to boost insulin levels while reducing the secretion of the peptide hormone glucagon, stabilizing blood sugar levels. In addition to these functions, the medication can significantly reduce appetite and food cravings, promoting glycemic balance. While Semaglutide is an incredibly effective weight loss treatment, patients see the most significant benefit when combined with a healthy diet and exercise regimen.  

How does Semaglutide work?

An FDA-approved treatment, Semaglutide is a peptidic GLP-1 receptor agonist that interacts with GLP-1, a hormone that is responsible for regulating hunger levels in the body. By interacting with this hormone, Semaglutide induces feelings of satiety after consuming fewer calories than usual.

Beyond regulating hunger levels, Semaglutide also stimulates insulin secretion from the pancreas in cases of high blood sugar levels. It also slows down the digestive process by delaying gastric emptying, leading to a reduction in appetite and faster weight loss.  

Semaglutide injections are administered weekly. Our Semaglutide injections are infused with Vitamin B12 to help boost the patient’s metabolism and increase their energy levels. Patients who follow a healthy lifestyle in addition to their Semaglutide treatments can see as much as a 15% drop in body weight. 

    What are the benefits of Semaglutide?

    Clinical studies have demonstrated that Semaglutide can lead to more significant weight loss than other treatments. This medication can be taken alone or in combination with Phentermine, resulting in better appetite control and more substantial weight loss.

    Other benefits of Semaglutide include: 

    • A non-addictive medication 
    • The majority of patients experience no side effects 
    • A reduction in appetite and cravings 
    • Feelings of satiety happen faster 
    • Not a stimulant
    • A tolerable treatment for most patients 
    • Safe and effective 
    • Feelings of satiety last longer 
    • Sizable weight loss
    • Slower digestion 
    • A lower BMI
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    Who is a candidate for Semaglutide?

    To receive a prescription for Semaglutide, patients must consult with a qualified weight loss specialist. Typically, candidates for this treatment have a BMI of at least 30. However, individuals with a BMI as low as 27 and certain medical conditions, such as hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and high cholesterol, may also qualify for Semaglutide treatment.

    During the consultation, we thoroughly assess the patient's medical history and current health status to determine if they are suitable candidates for Semaglutide treatment. Patients with a history of tumors or cancer are typically not eligible. Patients must also inform their practitioner of any medications they are taking.

    What does the treatment involve?

    Semaglutide injections are usually given weekly, gradually increasing the dosage for optimal results. Most patients find the injections painless, typically administered in the midsection, upper arm, or thighs.

    After the initial treatment, patients will administer the injections themselves at home and return to the office for follow-up appointments every few weeks or once a month.

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    Potential side effects of Semaglutide

    Although most patients who receive Semaglutide treatments experience no problems, it is important to be aware of potential side effects.

    These may include:

    • Nausea
    • Vomiting
    • Diarrhea
    • Dyspepsia
    • Constipation

    However, patients can typically expect these symptoms to subside within a few weeks. During their consultation, patients will receive more information about these potential effects and how to manage them.

    Why choose SouthCoast Plastic Surgery?

    At South Coast Plastic Surgery, our philosophy is based on a combination of technical skills and an individualized approach. We know that every patient has unique issues and goals regarding treatment, and we are committed to respecting them every step of the way. 

    Beyond our skills and commitment to excellence, our team is well-known for our patient empathy. We work closely with our patients from the consultation through recovery to ensure they feel comfortable with their treatment. We work tirelessly to ensure everyone leaves our office looking and feeling their best. 

    Contact us today to schedule a private consultation and learn more about our Semaglutide treatments. 

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    Semaglutide FAQs

    How much does Semaglutide cost?

    Our Semaglutide treatments range between $600 - $750 per month.

    How much weight can you lose in a month with semaglutide?

    There have been patients who have lost a moderate amount but also patients who have lost over 15 pounds and even over 20 pounds in the first month! Each patient is different, depending on diet and exercise.

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