Semaglutide Weight Loss Injections

Losing weight can be extremely challenging, and sometimes, diet and exercise aren’t enough to help us achieve our weight loss goals. That’s why we are excited to offer medical weight loss injections to our Atlanta patients. Our semaglutide weight loss program is under the direction of our Nurse Practitioner Christian Marcum and offers safe, maintainable weight loss.

What is semaglutide?

Semaglutide is an appetite suppressant that helps you lose weight. The medication (a GLP-1 receptor agonist) was initially used to treat diabetes by regulating blood sugar levels. Doctors and patients alike noted its effects on weight management, and we can now offer semaglutide injections for patients who want help achieving their weight loss goals.

How semaglutide helps with weight loss

Semaglutide mimics a natural hormone in your body (GLP-1) that helps you lose weight in 3 ways:

  • Slows the digestive system so you feel fuller for longer
  • Helps increase and regulate insulin levels
  • Reduces glucagon levels

You’ll feel fuller for longer and experience fewer food cravings without depriving yourself of food. Most patients report they can eat smaller portions and eat less frequently without becoming hungry when using semaglutide.

Part of semaglutide’s success in long-term weight management is how it helps you become more aware of portion sizes to help you establish healthier eating habits to keep the weight off once your treatments end. Our semaglutide program offers a gentle approach to reprogramming your mind and body to support healthy weight loss.

Benefits of semaglutide weight loss injections

Aside from general weight loss, semaglutide is highly regarded for its ability to reduce internal visceral fat. This type of fat accumulates around your organs and cannot be targeted by the most popular body contouring methods, such as CoolSculpting, liposuction, or tummy tuck, which only addresses subcutaneous fat that sits directly under the skin. Semaglutide injections can help decrease visceral fat, promote overall health and wellness, and significantly affect body contours.

You may also experience additional health benefits from semaglutide injections, including:

  • Reduced inflammation
  • Healthier blood sugar levels
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Improved heart health

Are semaglutide injections right for you?

If you are in general good health and want to lose weight, there’s a good chance semaglutide could be just the treatment for you. During your consultation, Nurse Christian will conduct a thorough health evaluation, review your medical history, and discuss your weight loss goals to help you enjoy safe, optimal results from semaglutide weight loss injections. It’s also essential that you understand that your semaglutide results will depend on your commitment to a healthier diet and active lifestyle.

Generally, good candidates for semaglutide are overweight (25+ BMI) and would like to lose weight to improve their health and appearance, or to get to a healthy, stable weight to be eligible for a surgical procedure.

Who is not a candidate for semaglutide injections?

If you have a history of thyroid cancer, heart disease, pancreatic issues, certain medical problems, or are already taking medication to manage diabetes, you should not take semaglutide.

What to expect on your weight loss journey with semaglutide

After Nurse Christian determines our semaglutide weight loss program can safely improve your health and achieve your appearance goals, you’ll provide a blood sample to run labs, and we’ll take photos and measurements to track your progress throughout the program. Nurse Christian will call in the medication, and it will be delivered straight to your door each month. You’ll also receive detailed instructions on giving yourself the once-weekly semaglutide injections in the comfort of your home.

Semaglutide is a prescription medication, and it’s essential to adhere strictly to the prescribed dose and frequency.

What results you can expect from semaglutide

On average, most adults lose about 10% of their body weight using semaglutide weight loss injections. Your results will depend on the length of your treatment. Nurse Christian will recommend the appropriate treatment duration to support your weight loss goals and check in with you each month to track your progress.

Semaglutide results are cumulative, and you’ll notice a gradual, healthy reduction in your weight as each week goes by. Many people report noteworthy weight loss after the first 4 weeks of taking semaglutide, and they become more aware of their food intake and their body adjusts to the medication.

Are semaglutide results permanent?

Yes, as long as you maintain the healthier lifestyle changes you practiced while taking semaglutide. Calorie intake is often the most challenging part of weight management, and semaglutide is remarkably efficient in helping patients shed pounds because it teaches your body to be satisfied with an appropriate amount of calories and helps you gradually undo bad dietary habits that may have interfered with previous attempts to keep a balanced nutrition plan.

Many patients report their successful weight loss with semaglutide encouraged them to continue making healthy food choices and even made exercising more comfortable and enjoyable.

Semaglutide FAQ

Is semaglutide safe?

Yes, Semaglutide has been on the market since 2005 and has undergone rigorous clinical trials, such as this 2022 efficacy and safety study, and is safe for weight loss when administered under the guidance of a knowledgeable healthcare provider.

How much do semaglutide weight loss injections cost in Atlanta?

Your $250 consultation fee includes the health assessment, labs, and coaching with Nurse Christian. There is an additional monthly charge for the semaglutide injections; the total cost will depend on the length of your treatment.

How many months will I need to take semaglutide?

Nurse Christian will discuss your personalized treatment plan during your consultation and the estimated number of months you’ll need to take semaglutide to achieve optimal results.

Will I perform my own injections?

Yes, semaglutide weight loss injections are quick and easy to do at home. After a simple training with Nurse Christian, most patients feel comfortable self-administering.

How does semaglutide differ from insulin?

Semaglutide and insulin serve different functions: Insulin helps regulate blood sugar levels. In contrast, semaglutide affects your glucose metabolism and suppresses your appetite to aid in weight loss and blood sugar control.

Can I combine semaglutide with other weight loss medications or treatments?

No, we do not recommend combining semaglutide with other weight loss medications or taking semaglutide with other diabetes medications or obesity drugs. Nurse Christian will review your medications (including over-the-counter medicines) before determining that you can safely take semaglutide.

Are there any dietary restrictions while on semaglutide?

There are no dietary restrictions; however, a balanced diet can facilitate more significant weight loss and promote your overall health.

Are there any restrictions on exercise while using semaglutide?

No, regular exercise complements the weight loss effects of semaglutide. If you do not already have a workout regimen, take your time and build your stamina. There is no need to overtax your body and potentially risk an injury or setback in your program.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. Just like any other medication, you must follow the dosage schedule and read important safety information to limit side effects and encourage the best results possible. If your semaglutide injection is late by over a week, call our office so Nurse Christian can help you safely get back on schedule with the next dose. Never double up on doses.

Can I consume alcohol while on semaglutide?

Yes, you can consume alcohol while taking semaglutide. However, because semaglutide suppresses your appetite and you will naturally consume fewer calories, make nutritious foods and water your first priority. You’ll feel better as you transition into your new, healthier lifestyle if you fuel your body with whole foods and keep yourself hydrated. If you choose to drink alcohol, remember moderation is key!

What are the possible side effects of semaglutide?

The most common side effects of semaglutide weight loss injections are typically mild and may include:

  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Upset stomach
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Bloating

Side effects typically lessen as your body adjusts to the medication, and we’ll discuss strategies to help make you more comfortable throughout the process. Serious side effects are uncommon, and proper drug administration can help reduce your risk of experiencing unfavorable outcomes.

Begin your weight loss transformation with semaglutide today

We understand the challenges of achieving safe, sustainable weight loss. If you think semaglutide weight loss injections may be right for you, please schedule your consultation with Nurse Christian by calling our Atlanta plastic surgery practice at 770-667-0904 or fill out our online contact form. We personalize each treatment with your safety, satisfaction, and success in mind, and we’ll be with you every step of the way!