Ozempic® (Semaglutide) Injection

Only your doctor knows for sure.

Skin Secrets Cape Coral, FL

Ozempic has become a popular medication for managing type 2 diabetes, but it’s also gained attention for its weight loss side effects. While this can be a welcome benefit for some, it’s important to understand how Ozempic might impact your skin.

As a premier medical spa and anti-aging clinic in Cape Coral, Skin Secrets by Dr. Greta McLaren is committed to providing our clients with the latest and most effective treatments to meet their health and beauty needs. Ozempic injectables are one such treatment that has garnered attention for their potential benefits in weight management and overall health improvement.

Message Skin Secrets today or call us at 239-800-SKIN(7546) to schedule your complimentary consultation.

Ozempic®, known generically as semaglutide, belongs to a class of drugs called glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonists (GLP-1 RAs). By mimicking the actions of the hormone GLP-1, it effectively reduces hunger, delays gastric emptying, and enhances insulin secretion, thereby controlling blood sugar levels.

Ozempic® injection, available in strengths of 0.5 mg, 1 mg, or 2 mg, is a prescribed injectable medication with dual benefits:

How Does Ozempic® Work?

a person is holding an ozempic (semaglutide) injection

Ozempic® is a non-insulin medication that collaborates with your body’s natural processes to regulate blood sugar levels and A1C. Rather than introducing external insulin, Ozempic® acts in synergy with your body’s mechanisms.

Ozempic® operates through three key pathways to effectively lower blood sugar:

The Benefits of Ozempic® Injections

A side-by-side image of a woman in a pink t-shirt and jeans depicts a progression of weight loss.

Ozempic® injections are tailored for adults who are considered obese, with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher, or those who are overweight (BMI of 27 or higher) with at least one weight-related health condition such as hypertension. It is important to note that Ozempic® is not suitable for everyone. Individuals with a history of certain medical conditions, such as pancreatitis or thyroid tumors, should not use it.

Patients at Skin Secrets by Dr. Greta McLaren who have incorporated Ozempic® into their weight management regimen have reported several benefits:

While Ozempic®’s primary use is for diabetes management, its impact on weight loss has been a significant discovery. Clinical studies have demonstrated that Ozempic® injections can lead to substantial reductions in body weight and body fat percentage. Recognizing its potential, the FDA has approved Ozempic® for weight management, solidifying its role as a dual-function medication.

Ozempic® FAQ

Ozempic (semaglutide) is a prescription medication that is injected once a week. It helps regulate blood sugar levels in adults with type 2 diabetes and has also been shown to be effective for weight loss.

Ozempic works by mimicking a natural gut hormone that helps regulate appetite and blood sugar. It can lead to feeling fuller for longer, reducing calorie intake, and promoting weight loss.

Common side effects of Ozempic include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, and stomach pain. These are often most prominent when starting the medication and may lessen over time. More serious side effects can occur, so it’s vital to be aware of them and consult your doctor if you experience any concerning symptoms.

It can take a few weeks to start noticing Ozempic’s weight loss effects. Doses are gradually increased to minimize side effects, so significant weight loss may take some time.

Ozempic® itself doesn’t directly affect the skin. However, rapid weight loss, a potential side effect, can lead to loss of facial volume and elasticity, sometimes referred to as “Ozempic face.”

  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
  • Eat a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
  • Use a good quality moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated.
  • Apply sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher daily.
  • Consider consulting a dermatologist for personalized skincare advice.

Ozempic® is not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women due to potential risks to the baby.

The amount of weight loss varies depending on factors like your starting weight, diet, and exercise habits. Studies show an average weight loss of 5-10% of body weight with Ozempic®, used alongside lifestyle changes.

Medical Spa and Weight Loss Clinic in Cape Coral

Ozempic® represents a significant advancement in medical weight management. With its proven efficacy and safety profile, it offers hope for many seeking to achieve and maintain a healthier weight. At Skin Secrets by Dr. Greta McLaren, we are proud to be at the forefront of this innovative treatment, helping our clients unlock their potential for a healthier, more vibrant life.

Dr. McLaren has undergone extensive training in both cosmetic dermatology and laser surgery. She is a laser Surgeon and aesthetic medicine specialist who is considered an expert and has been invited to teach her aesthetic skills nationally to other physicians throughout the United States. She is a member of the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery, and American Society for Photodynamic Therapy.

Call Skin Secrets by Dr. Greta McLaren at 239-800-SKIN(7546) or message us online to schedule your consultation and discover how Ozempic can benefit you.

Skin Doctor in Southwest Florida

Dr. Greta McLaren

Dr. McLaren is the founder and owner of “Skin Secrets by Dr. McLaren” where her philosophy is that “only your doctor knows for sure…”

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