Alternative Names: Semaglutide, Weight Loss Drugs

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Summary of Ozempic

$1000 / Month
Program fees are plus tax. Subject to Insurance Coverage.
Expected weight loss:
Patients can expect to see gradual weight loss within the first few weeks.
Ranges for individual goals
Not eligible for cosmetic surgery but very close? In search of an effective weight loss solution that can bring your BMI into a healthy range, curb your cravings, and contribute to overall health improvement? Ozempic may be a short-term solution that can help you achieve the weight loss you need.

Ozempic (Semaglutide) is a weight loss drug initially used to lower the blood sugar of people with type 2 diabetes but has newfound popularity for its weight loss results. It belongs to a class of drugs known as glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonists (GLP-1 RAs).

Why Ozempic

Ozempic has proven efficacy in promoting weight loss, making it an attractive option for those looking to achieve quick and sustainable results.

Research indicates that patients who administered weekly Ozempic injections experienced an average weight loss of approximately 14 pounds within three months, translating to a targeted reduction of 1-2 pounds per week.

Everything you need to know:

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How Does Ozempic Work?

Ozempic works by mimicking the action of a hormone called glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1), which is naturally produced by the body. It helps regulate blood sugar levels by stimulating the release of insulin from the pancreas and reducing the amount of glucose produced by the liver. It also helps to slow down the digestion of food and stop cravings, which can lead to more stable blood sugar levels.

How Do You Take Ozempic?

Ozempic is typically administered as a subcutaneous injection (under the skin). It is available in a pre-filled pen, and most patients are instructed to use it once a week.

If you are considering Ozempic for weight loss, it's crucial to consult with a healthcare provider to discuss your specific needs, potential risks, and benefits. They can help determine if Ozempic is an appropriate option for you and can provide guidance on how to incorporate it into your overall weight loss management plan. Do not self-prescribe Ozempic or any other medication. Always consult a healthcare professional for personalized advice and recommendations based on your specific medical condition.

Additionally, it's essential to follow your healthcare provider's recommendations when it comes to altering your diet, exercise, and medication usage to optimize your chances of achieving and maintaining a healthy weight while on Ozempic.

Ozempic Programs at SixSurgery

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We provide patient assistance programs that can help eligible individuals get into their target weight for surgery. These programs are designed to assist patients who are close to the BMI required and meet certain criteria.

This includes:
- Weekly Consultation & Health Assessments
- B12 Shots
- GLP 1 medication
- Medication and dosing for optimal treatment
- Monthly bloodwork assessment
- Monitoring and management of side-effects

How Much Weight Can You Lose on Ozempic?

The amount of weight loss a person can expect from Ozempic can vary from individual to individual. Weight loss is actually a side effect of Ozempic, and while its impact on weight can be significant for some people, but not everyone will have identical results.

On average, people taking Ozempic may experience weight loss ranging from 5% to 10% of their initial body weight. However, some individuals may experience greater weight loss, while others may see more modest results.
Starting Weight

People who begin with a higher initial body weight may experience more substantial weight loss.

Diet and Exercise

Combining Ozempic with a healthy diet and regular physical activity can enhance the weight loss effects. Lifestyle changes are often recommended to maximize the benefits of Ozempic.

Duration of Use

The longer a person uses Ozempic, the more potential there is for cumulative weight loss - But the more potential there is for complications.

Individual Response

Everyone's body responds differently to medications, and some individuals may be more responsive to Ozempic in terms of weight loss than others.

How Much Does Ozempic Cost?

The cost of Ozempic can vary widely depending on several factors, including your location, the type of insurance coverage you have, the specific dosage of Ozempic you were prescribed, and whether you use a brand-name or generic version. Keep in mind that medication prices can change over time, so it's advisable to check with your healthcare provider or your pharmacy for the most up-to-date pricing information.
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Insurance Coverage

The average is $250–300 / Month for medication.

If you have health insurance, your out-of-pocket cost for Ozempic will depend on your insurance plan's formulary, co-pays, deductibles, and any cost-sharing arrangements. Some insurance plans may cover a significant portion of the cost, making the medication more affordable.

Treatment Programs

$2,000 / Month for our program.

As Ozempic isn’t a medication that one should take lightly, or in an on and off manner, it is important to ensure that you’re able to cover the costs so that you can continue to take Ozempic for as long as your doctor recommends without any interference.

Your healthcare provider and pharmacist can be valuable resources in helping you navigate the cost of Ozempic and explore options to make it more affordable.

How Long Do You Have to Take Ozempic?

The duration of action of Ozempic depends on the specific formulation and dosage you are prescribed. At SixSurgery Clinic, our dedicated team understands the importance of optimizing your health before you undergo surgery. In certain cases, we may recommend the short-term use of Ozempic as part of a comprehensive approach to help patients reach a healthier weight and bring their BMI into a safer range for surgical procedures.

Patients undergoing this weight management strategy with Ozempic can anticipate gradual progress. While individual responses may vary, many individuals typically observe positive changes within a few weeks of initiating the treatment.

It's crucial to emphasize that our approach prioritizes short-term use of Ozempic for weight management, generally not exceeding a two-month period. This limited timeframe is designed to align with the specific needs of individuals preparing for surgery and to ensure that the medication is used under close medical supervision.

Our clinic underscores the importance of a holistic approach to health, combining pharmaceutical interventions like Ozempic with lifestyle modifications, including a balanced diet and regular exercise. We believe in personalized care plans that cater to the unique needs of each patient, fostering a collaborative relationship between our healthcare professionals and those seeking to enhance their overall well-being.

How Often Do I Have To Take Ozempic?

There are different formulations of Ozempic, and the most common ones are:
Ozempic Pen

The standard formulation of Ozempic comes in a pre-filled pen, and it is typically administered as a subcutaneous injection once a week. This means that a single injection of Ozempic provides blood sugar control for about one week.

Ozempic Injection Solution

This is a liquid formulation of Ozempic that can be used with a syringe. While the mechanism for administering the medication is different from the pre-filled pen, it is also typically recommended once a week.

It's important to use Ozempic as directed by your healthcare provider, and you should follow the recommended dosing schedule. Typically, you would receive instructions on how to self-administer the medication, and you would choose a day each week that is convenient for you to take your Ozempic injection. Consistency in dosing is essential for achieving and maintaining stable blood sugar control.

Am i a Candidate for Ozempic?

The decision of whether Ozempic is right for you should be between you and your doctor after a thorough evaluation of your specific medical history and condition. There are several factors that can determine whether you’re a good candidate for this popular medication.
Type 2 Diabetes Diagnosis
Ozempic is typically prescribed for individuals with type 2 diabetes.
Inadequate Blood Sugar Control
If your blood sugar levels are not well controlled with other diabetes medications, lifestyle changes, and diet, your healthcare provider may consider adding Ozempic to your treatment plan.
Weight Management
Ozempic can help with weight management, so it may be considered if you have concerns about weight gain or obesity.
Medical History
Your healthcare provider will review your medical history, including any allergies, prior medication use, and any other underlying health conditions, to determine if Ozempic is safe for you.
Cardiovascular Health
Ozempic has been shown to have cardiovascular benefits in some studies. If you have a history of cardiovascular disease, your provider may consider it as part of your treatment plan.
Personal Preferences
Your lifestyle, preferences, and willingness to adhere to the injection schedule (Ozempic is usually taken once a week) may also be factors in the decision.
It's important to have an open and honest discussion with your healthcare provider about your weight management and any concerns you may have. They will consider all relevant factors and tailor a treatment plan that's most suitable for your individual needs.
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Does Ozempic Have BMI Requirements?

BMI stands for Body Mass Index, and it measures and assess an individual's body weight in relation to their height. It is calculated by dividing a person's weight in kilograms by the square of their height in meters.
Qualifies for All Surgeries
BMI below 25
Qualifies for Certain Surgeries (Does not qualify for Ab-Etching Liposuction and Brazilian Butt Lifts at SixSurgery)
BMI between 25 and 30
Does Not Qualify for Surgery (Good Candidate for Ozempic to Help Reduce BMI)
BMI of 30 or higher
BMI for Plastic Surgeons
BMI can be a preliminary screening tool to identify patients who may be at a higher risk of surgical complications. Higher BMI levels are associated with increased surgical risks, such as infections and healing problems. Because of this, SixSurgery Clinic uses BMI to help determine whether a patient is better suited for a procedure in a hospital, where there may be more advanced medical facilities and resources available, as opposed to a clinic.

Risks & Complications

Like all medications, Ozempic comes with potential risks and complications. It's essential to understand these potential side effects and complications and discuss them with your healthcare provider before starting Ozempic.

While Ozempic itself is not known to cause low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) on its own, it can increase the risk when used in combination with other medications that do. It's crucial to monitor your blood sugar levels carefully.
Gastrointestinal Effects
Common side effects of Ozempic may include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. These symptoms typically improve over time, but if they persist, you should consult your healthcare provider.
There have been reports of acute pancreatitis in individuals taking GLP-1 receptor agonists like Ozempic. Symptoms of pancreatitis may include severe abdominal pain, sometimes radiating to the back, and it requires immediate medical attention.
Thyroid Tumors
In animal studies, semaglutide (the active ingredient in Ozempic) has been associated with thyroid tumors. While it's unclear whether this risk applies to humans, your healthcare provider may monitor your thyroid function if you're on Ozempic.
Allergic Reactions
Although rare, some individuals may experience allergic reactions to Ozempic, which can include symptoms like rash, itching, and swelling.
Kidney Function
Ozempic can affect kidney function, and individuals with impaired kidney function may require dosage adjustments or alternative treatments.
Injection Site Reactions
Injection site reactions, such as redness, swelling, or pain, may occur but are usually mild.
Weight Loss
While this can be a benefit for some, significant weight loss can also be a concern, especially for individuals who are already underweight.

It's important to note that not everyone will experience these side effects, and many people tolerate Ozempic well. The potential benefits of improved blood sugar control and weight management need to be weighed against the potential risks and complications for each individual.

You should have a thorough discussion with your healthcare provider about your specific health status and how Ozempic fits into your weight management plan. Additionally, be sure to report any unusual or severe side effects to your healthcare provider promptly.

Ozempic FAQ

What is Ozempic, and what is it used for?
Ozempic is a brand name for the medication semaglutide. It's used to treat type 2 diabetes in adults to help lower blood sugar levels. More recently, it has become a common weight loss medication.
How does Ozempic work to manage weight?
Ozempic is a GLP-1 receptor agonist that stimulates the release of insulin and reduces the amount of glucose produced by the liver. It also helps with appetite control, which can lead to weight loss.
How is Ozempic administered?
Ozempic is administered by subcutaneous injection, typically once a week. Your healthcare provider will show you how to inject it, and you can choose from available dosages.
Is Ozempic safe for everyone?
Ozempic may not be suitable for everyone. Your healthcare provider will assess your specific health status, including medical history, to determine if it's appropriate for you.
What are the common side effects of Ozempic?
Common side effects may include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. These symptoms often improve over time.
Can Ozempic cause low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)?
While Ozempic itself doesn't typically cause hypoglycemia, it may increase the risk when used with other medications that do. Monitoring blood sugar levels is essential.
Are there any potential long-term risks associated with Ozempic?
Some potential long-term risks may include pancreatitis, thyroid tumors (observed in animal studies), and effects on kidney function. Discuss these concerns with your healthcare provider.
Does Ozempic help with weight loss?
Yes, Ozempic has been associated with weight loss in many individuals, which can be a benefit for those with concerns about obesity.
Can I drink alcohol while taking Ozempic?
It's generally okay to consume alcohol in moderation while taking Ozempic, but you should consult your healthcare provider for specific guidance.
Is Ozempic covered by insurance?
Insurance coverage for Ozempic can vary depending on your plan and location. Check with your insurance provider or pharmacy for information on coverage and costs.
Am I on Ozempic forever?
Many patients on ozempic may continute to use it long term. This is often the case if the medication effectively helps control blood sugar levels, promotes weight loss or weight management, and is well-tolerated.

In some cases, Ozempic may be used for a specific period to address certain issues, and can be discontinued once they’ve been solved. At our clinic, we have programs designed to get prospective patients to their target weight in order to be eligible for surgery.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Ozempic?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember, unless it's close to your next scheduled dose. Do not take two doses at the same time.
Can I use Ozempic during pregnancy or while breastfeeding?
Ozempic's safety during pregnancy and breastfeeding has not been well studied, so consult your healthcare provider for guidance if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding.
How quickly can I expect to see results from Ozempic in managing my weight?
The onset and extent of blood sugar control and weight loss may vary among individuals. Your healthcare provider will monitor your progress and make adjustments as needed.
Are there any dietary restrictions while taking Ozempic?
While there are no specific dietary restrictions, maintaining a balanced and healthy diet is essential for managing weight. Your healthcare provider or a registered dietitian can provide guidance on your diet.
What is Ozempic Face?
As more celebrities take Ozempic to slim down, there has been an increased level of scrutiny for how the drug can alter appearances in negative ways. Ozempic Face is a term that was coined online to describe the facial changes some individuals may experience while using the medication to lose weight. These changes typically involve a slimming or reduction in facial fullness, which can make some people appear gaunt or hollow looking.

The term highlights how Ozempic is garnering attention not just for its blood sugar management capabilities but also for its potential to completely reshape one's body through weight loss, which has generated a ton of public discussion.

It's important to note that these side effects on one's appearance can be a part of the medication's overall impact on weight loss and body composition, and will not affect everyone who takes the medication.

These FAQs are for general information, and it's crucial to consult your healthcare provider for personalized advice and answers to your specific questions about Ozempic and its use in your weight management.
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