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Is Semaglutide Weight Loss Medication Right for You?

Everything You Need to Know about Semaglutide Weight Loss Medication at Northeast Dermatology

Calipers being used to measure body fat at the waistline

We are excited to offer semaglutide weight loss as part of our aesthetics practice at Northeast Dermatology. We are augmenting our cosmetic and medical aesthetics with this cutting-edge offering because we've recently added Torrie Burch to our staff. Torrie brings extensive medical weight loss management experience with her to our practice.

Semaglutide Weight Loss Medication

What is semaglutide?

Semaglutide (the active ingredient in drugs like Wegovy and Ozempic) is a modified molecule that mimics peptides that our bodies make naturally, called a GLP-1 analog.

It works by increasing insulin production and lowering glucagon secretion. It also targets areas in the brain that regulate appetite and food intake. As a result, semaglutide delays how quickly our

stomachs digest food, leading to a feeling of fullness and satisfaction with smaller meal sizes.

GLP-1 analogs also lower our intestinal motility so we feel fuller longer after meals. Lastly, it stimulates insulin secretion by the pancreas as well as lowering blood sugars, in by reducing the production of sugar in the liver.

What are the benefits of semaglutide weight loss medication?

  • Decreased appetite and cravings

  • Weight loss

  • Improved blood glucose control

Who cannot take semgalutide weight loss medications? (contraindications)

  • If a patient or any of their family members have been diagnosed with Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Syndrome Type 2 (MEN 2) or Medullary Thyroid Cancer (MTC), they should not take semaglutide

  • Patients who may be diabetic and already on a GLP-1 medication

  • Type-1 diabetics

  • If you have ever had pancreatitis, consult with your medical provider as using semaglutide can increase the risk of developing pancreatitis.

*This medication is NOT insulin*

What are common side effects of semaglutide weight loss medications?

There are some side effects that come with these medication. Those that are common include:

  • Nausea

  • Constipation

  • Acid reflux

  • Stomach pain

  • Vomiting

  • Diarrhea

  • Hypoglycemia

  • Pancreatitis

  • Allergic reactions

Who is a candidate for semaglutide weight loss medications?

Our medical providers will determine if you are a good candidate for weight loss medications. We'll check things like height, weight, blood pressure and your body mass index. We'll also order baseline labs to ensure you're in good health before beginning.

Height, weight, BP, and BMI will be checked

Every patient will have a personalized dose titration schedule, based on the lowest effective dose. Starting at a low dose is an effective way to limit side effects and improve adherence to the medication.

How do I get started with semaglutide weight loss?

We recommend having this treatment closely managed by a medical professional. Here at Northeast Dermatology, our nurse practitioner, Torrie, has extensive experience administering and overseeing management of patients on semaglutide.

Consults are $75, and in-person follow-up visits are required (and billed) when the patient needs a new vial of medication.

• Pricing will **START** at $350/vial. Monthly costs will be determined by the appropriate dosage determined for you. The highest possible cost per vial is $950.



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