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A Breakthrough Treatment for Weight Management in the Dallas Area

When you live a busy lifestyle, it can be challenging to take on work and other responsibilities while also trying to squeeze time for exercise into your routine. Illness or injury might be preventing you from joining a gym. Even with a successful workout plan, it may still be difficult to achieve the body type you want. Semaglutide from Dallas-based dermatologist Dr. Ellen Turner is an appetite-suppressing treatment that can provide moderate to dramatic weight loss results. Semaglutide helps the body to produce enough insulin when blood sugar levels are high, reduce the sugar that’s released in your blood, and help you to feel fuller longer, so fewer calories are consumed.

Simply put, semaglutide controls your appetite so you can limit the amount of food you want to eat. This strategy can help you lose unwanted pounds and maintain a healthy weight as part of your body optimization journey. If you want to achieve safe, effective, and noticeably slimming results, it’s important to also incorporate healthy lifestyle changes. In other words, semaglutide is just one part of a comprehensive dietary and wellness plan. It should be combined with an active lifestyle, good nutrition, and a calorie deficit.

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What Is Semaglutide and How Does It Work?

Semaglutide, a string of amino acids that mimic the effects of the GLP-1 hormone, is produced in the gut in response to eating. This hormone prompts the production of insulin when blood sugar levels are high and also reduces the amount of glucagon, which is a hormone that increases blood sugar. Together, these functions help to control blood sugar levels. Semaglutide also amplifies the effects of the naturally occurring GLP-1 hormone.

Additionally, GLP-1 may have a positive impact on weight loss in other ways. It can alter the hunger centers in the brain to decrease hunger, appetite, and cravings. Moreover, it supports metabolism and prolongs fullness and satiety after meals by slowing the rate of stomach emptying.

Semaglutide is not the same thing as insulin, and treatments are unlikely to cause low blood sugar. When combined with a healthy lifestyle, semaglutide can reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes by helping patients achieve significant weight loss. For optimal results, it’s recommended that you combine semaglutide with a good diet and exercise routine. To enjoy the ideal cosmetic benefit, it can be paired with non-invasive body contouring technology such as EMFACE™ and Emsculpt Neo®.

Can You Achieve a Total Body Transformation With Semaglutide?

Semaglutide can be combined with EMFACE, Emtone, and Emsculpt Neo® for comprehensive body transformation results. EMFACE is a revolutionary facial rejuvenation treatment that pairs focused electromagnetic (HIFEM) muscle-building technology with radiofrequency (RF) energy. It simultaneously stimulates fat reduction and muscle building while also encouraging collagen production to address age-related changes in the face and improve the shape of the lower face. It’s common for the face to develop sagging and hollow areas after weight loss. EMFACE lifts and tightens skin to help you achieve a younger-looking appearance.

Emsculpt Neo® works the same way, but for the body. It can target fat and build muscles at the same time for patients who are mostly in good shape but are unable to tone up some areas as much as they would like with a healthy lifestyle alone. The abdomen, arms, thighs, buttocks, and calves are common treatment areas.

Semaglutide can also be combined with Emtone—an energy-based cellulite treatment that stimulates fat cells—to maximize its results.

Am I A Good Candidate for Semaglutide?

Dr. Turner will provide a comprehensive, one-on-one evaluation to determine whether you are a good candidate for semaglutide and help you put together a customized treatment plan. She will help you establish the best dosing to maximize results while minimizing side effects as much as possible. Semaglutide should not be seen as a “quick fix” for anyone, and each case is different. It’s important to remember that this is not a “cure” for obesity.

Patients who or under the age of 18 or have multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2 (tumors in your glands), diabetic ketoacidosis, or a personal or family history of medullary thyroid cancer, or who have allergies to the ingredients should not use semaglutide. Patients will also be screened for disordered eating such as binge eating and emotional eating.

The Semaglutide Procedure

Patients will need to self-inject a subcutaneous small needle into a fatty area such as the abdomen once a week at home after they have been given a semaglutide prescription. Semaglutide should be taken before a meal at the prescribed dose. When the correct guidelines are followed, the side effects from semaglutide are minimal, and the treatment is typically well tolerated. Each patient’s dosage depends on their desired amount of weight loss.

Reduced energy levels and gastrointestinal issues, such as nausea, are the most common side effects. These can be managed by starting at a lower dose and gradually increasing the dosage. The short-term side effects from semaglutide will subside within several days to weeks. Slim Shots can be taken each week with the tablet to help offset these side effects.

Do not use two doses at one time, and do not take semaglutide after meals. You should also try to avoid overeating while you’re taking this treatment, as doing so can lead to gastrointestinal upset. We recommend that you avoid drinking alcohol or consuming fatty or greasy foods, ultra-processed foods, and high-sugar foods while you’re taking semaglutide. Weigh yourself daily, exercise for 20 to 30 minutes each day, drink eight to 10 glasses of water, and eat slowly.

When Will I See the Results from Semaglutide, and How Long Will They Last?

You will notice that you feel less hungry within a few days. By decreasing hunger and prolonging a feeling of fullness, the treatment can provide rapid, noticeable weight loss results. Patients can expect to lose between 16 to 20 percent of their body weight within the following three to six months. We will track your progress with monthly weigh-ins.

Semaglutide is made to be part of a long-term treatment plan designed to keep the weight off. However, the timeline for taking the medication varies depending on the patient and is based on unique needs.

What Other Treatments Are Available for Achieving a Desired Body Type in Dallas?

In addition to semaglutide, Dr. Turner’s Dallas-based Dermatology Office also provides other non-surgical options for reducing diet-resistant body fat to reshape the body or refine contours. CoolSculpting® is a fat reduction procedure that works by causing fat cells to freeze and gradually be flushed out of the body, without affecting the surrounding tissues. This results in slimmer contours. Kybella® is an injectable containing the same types of bile acids your body uses to help process dietary fats, used to dissolve stubborn below-the-chin fat as a way of reducing a double chin.

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Find out more about the benefits of semaglutide from our Dallas or Irving locations. Request an appointment online or call us at (214) 373-7546.

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