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You’ve Likely Heard of Ozempic®, But Is It Right for Your Weight Loss Goals?

Posted May 02, 2023 in Medical Weight Loss

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While originally designed to treat diabetes, Ozempic® has become a well-known weight loss aid. As a matter of fact, it’s been described as a wonder drug for weight loss by many.

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Whenever these kinds of claims are made about a weight loss product, it’s important to learn as much as possible about it before jumping on the bandwagon. Fortunately, when it comes to weight loss, studies have shown that Ozempic®, when combined with a healthy lifestyle, can help.

Ozempic® is a prescription medication that you inject weekly to help control your appetite.

What Is Ozempic®?

Ozempic® is one of the most well-known brand names for semaglutide, a glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor antagonist (GLP-1 RA). 

GLP-1 is a hormone produced in the intestines and activated by eating. It prompts the pancreas to increase insulin production, which reduces blood sugar (glucose). 

Doctors have used semaglutide for over 15 years to treat patients with type- 2 diabetes. Recently, medical research scientists learned that higher amounts of GLP-1 also suppressed appetite and helped diabetic patients lose weight. 

How Does Ozempic® (Semaglutide) Work for Weight Loss?

Semaglutide works in two ways:

  1. It causes GLP-1 receptors in the brain to tell your body the stomach is full, thereby reducing or eliminating the feeling of hunger. 
  2. It slows the digestion process to make you feel full longer.

These injections can increase metabolism and your body’s fat-burning abilities while boosting energy and mood.

Contrary to popular belief, while Ozempic® is FDA-approved to treat type-2 diabetes, it is NOT currently FDA-approved for weight loss. However, it has been prescribed off-label for that very purpose.

What Are the Risks Associated With Semaglutide?

These injections are safe; however, they are associated with a few side effects. Common side-effects of Ozempic® and other semaglutide injections include:

  • Nausea
  • Constipation
  • Dizziness
  • Diarrhea

Using Semaglutide Long-Term for Weight Loss

If your doctor finds that you are a good candidate for weight loss treatment with a semaglutide medication, they will explain that it works best when combined with a healthy diet and regular exercise routine. Committing to a healthy lifestyle that includes diet and exercise will help you lose weight faster and keep it off after stopping Ozempic® injections.

For significant weight loss of 30+ pounds, you will likely need to take your semaglutide medication for about a year, even when committing to a healthy lifestyle. Ozempic® is not a quick-fix for weight loss. It is a single piece in a much larger lifestyle change.

The Benefits of Medical Weight Loss

When you undertake a responsible weight loss program that includes Ozempic®, medical supervision must play an integral part. 

Careaga Plastic Surgery offers a medical weight loss program that benefits individuals looking to lose a few pounds before a surgical procedure or who simply want to get healthier.

When you visit our clinic for our weight loss program, you can expect:

  • Laboratory testing that ensures the thyroid, liver, and kidney are healthy
  • Testing to ensure you are not anemic
  • An EKG (for older patients)
  • Appetite-suppressing medications like Ozempic®
  • Lipotropic B-12 shots (weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly)
  • In-office follow-up visits every two weeks. 

Using Ozempic® to Lose Weight Before Surgery

Being at or close to your ideal weight lowers your risk of complications when undergoing any surgical procedure. To achieve and maintain excellent plastic surgery results, Ozempic® can help.

Medical Weight Loss With Careaga Plastic Surgery in Miami, FL

Careaga Plastic Surgery offers a medical weight loss program in Miami for patients looking to shed excess pounds before a medically necessary or cosmetic surgery and those wanting to lose weight for health and aesthetics.

Our PA, Reana Myers, is a knowledgeable and experienced healthcare professional who, with Dr. Careaga and Dr. Durand, operates our Coral Gables medical weight loss and non-surgical treatment programs.  

We offer both semaglutide medication and lipotropic B12 injections, which can be combined to jumpstart your weight loss journey, which along with exercise and a healthy diet, can ensure your best weight loss results.

Dr. Daniel Careaga and Dr. Paul Durand are highly respected, board-certified plastic surgeons in Miami, Florida, providing a wide variety of surgical and non-surgical procedures, such as:

Achieve Your Weight Loss Goals

Call our Coral Gables office at (305) 960-7511 to learn how Careaga Plastic Surgery can help you accomplish your self-improvement goals.


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