Skinny Shot Advanced Weight Loss Program Using Semaglutide

Image District Face and Body, in collaboration with board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Swet Chaudhari, is pleased to offer the Skinny Shot Advanced Weight Loss Program using Semaglutide.

Our clinic focuses on health and wellness, and we want to help you lose weight in a healthy, sustainable way.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 73.6% of adults over age 20 are overweight, and 41.9% of those people are considered obese. These are staggering numbers. In fact, the CDC now lists obesity as a national epidemic.

It’s important to note that even “skinny” people can be at risk for health issues caused by being overweight. Your weight might not show that you are technically overweight, but if you are carrying extra fat in your abdominal area, known as visceral fat, you are also at a higher risk for a decreased life expectancy.

High amounts of visceral fat, the fat that is inside your abdominal cavity and wrapped around your intestines and vital organs, is associated with higher levels of inflammation and puts you more at risk for high blood sugar and high insulin levels, and predisposes you to diabetes and heart disease.

A study conducted by Duke University has shown that the life expectancy for Gen-X and Millennials is going down. This is the first time in decades that this has happened. Being overweight or obese is the root cause of many chronic diseases, including:

  • Coronary artery disease
  • Stroke
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol (includes triglycerides which contribute to plaque in the arteries)
  • Fatty liver disease
  • Certain cancers
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Sleep apnea
  • Endocrine disorders, including Insulin Resistance
  • Alzheimer’s and/or dementia
  • Mood disorders
  • Back and joint pain

Image District Face and Body is Here to Help!

A healthy weight reduces many risks. We want to help you along the way to achieve a healthy lifestyle and a healthy weight.

We understand fad diets can provide quick weight loss; however, most people on these diets ultimately end up gaining the weight back as soon as they stop the diet. Also, some fad diets are extremely calorie-restricted and can end up causing more harm than good.

Dr. Chaudhari has reviewed the clinical research to provide patients with a diet that is both safe and sustainable, and it addresses not only the physical triggers of weight gain but also the psychological ones. After much searching, we are pleased to offer a Skinny Shot Advanced Weight Loss Program using Semaglutide for our patients.

Semaglutide mimics a health-promoting, naturally occurring peptide in the body (GLP-1). Studies have shown it reduces appetite, improves control of eating, and reduces food cravings, in addition to improving blood sugar control. It works best with personalized lifestyle changes.

What is Semaglutide?
First, we want to assure you that Semaglutide is NOT a stimulant, so you do not have to worry about unpleasant side effects like not being able to sleep or having the jitters. Semaglutide is a small protein (peptide) that activates metabolic pathways in the body to increase blood sugar metabolism and reduce appetite. It imitates a hormone called glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1). You may have heard of Semaglutide before. It has been used to help treat type 2 diabetes under the brand names Ozempic ® and Saxenda®.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Semaglutide to be used to treat type-2 diabetes in 2017. Further research and studies have shown that Semaglutide is also suitable for losing weight, and in June of 2021, it was FDA-approved for weight loss under the brand name Wegovy®.

We do not prescribe Semaglutide under the brand names associated with treating type 2 diabetes or weight loss listed above. We start all of our patients off at a lower, compounded dose for the first month and then increase the dosage for the subsequent months. Our compounded medication also includes Vitamin B6 to help with some of the potential side effects. Semaglutide is injected subcutaneously (under the skin) and not into a muscle.

Please be assured that the needle is quite small, and the injection is painless.

Benefits of the Semaglutide Weight Loss Program

Semaglutide reduces your appetite and makes you feel fuller for longer periods of time. It also keeps you in “fat-burning” mode. Because Semaglutide targets fat cells and regulates blood sugar, you don’t have to worry about losing muscle mass or dehydration (water weight loss). Semaglutide has also been shown to help stop the production of plaque in blood vessels.

Our program is 12-weeks long, but can be extended for months, if desired. There are no food restrictions. However, if you are not eating a healthy diet, you will not feel good while on the diet. If you eat healthier, you will feel much better and have higher energy levels. We recommend incorporating proteins and nutrient-dense foods into your daily diet. While exercise is not mandatory with this program, we recommend you start to incorporate an exercise regime into your lifestyle because of the health benefits. If you aren’t used to exercising, walking can be the perfect way to start.

The physical benefit of Semaglutide is that it WILL reduce your appetite and make you feel fuller, so you eat less. Another major benefit of the Semaglutide diet program is that you will have the opportunity to meet with a health coach each month.

Other Benefits Include:

  • Physical hunger is gone
  • Better sleep
  • Higher energy levels
  • Helps with insulin pathways and blood sugar levels
  • The more momentum you gain, the better you will feel

Your health coach can help to keep you on track and suggest healthier eating plans for you. But the most important benefit of having access to a health coach is to help you address the psychological and emotional reasons for overeating. These can include things like boredom, sadness, anger, and loneliness, along with negative emotions.

At our clinic, we believe that good health encompasses mind, body, and soul. We have added the benefit of a health coach so that you can approach your weight loss and health from the same mindset. We want to help you balance your brain so that you can mindfully create healthier lifestyle choices after the diet period ends.

On average, you can expect to lose 10 to 15% of your excess body weight. Patients typically see a weight loss of 1 to 3 pounds per week. However, that can vary depending on the weight of the patient. Patients who have more weight to lose can see greater results.

Side-Effects and Contraindications

The most common side-effect of Semaglutide is nausea and possibly other digestive issues. But we take proactive measures to ensure that the chances of this happening to you are slim.

For your first month, we will start you at a lower dose of Semaglutide to allow your body to get used to it. We typically increase incrementally at week 5 and week 9, however, everyone is
different. The goal is for you to lose a few pounds a week with no nausea.

If you find you are not losing any weight at all in the beginning, we can increase your dosage slightly until we find the “sweet spot” of what is right for you.

Additionally, the medication is compounded with Cyanocobalamin (Vitamin B12), which will also help to curb any nausea.

Absolute Contraindications to the Semaglutide Weight Loss Program are:

  • Personal or family history of medullary thyroid cancer
  • Type-1 diabetes (an auto-immune condition)
  • MEN – multiple endocrine neoplasia
  • Pancreatitis
  • Decreased kidney function

We are Here to Support You!!

Our Skinny Shot Advanced Weight Loss Program is administered by our highly skilled nursing staff.

There are three versions of the Semaglutide Weight Loss Program: the Supportive version, the Virtual version, and the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) version. Each of these versions involves varying amounts of support from clinical staff, and are priced differently.

Can the Program can be Repeated?

Because there are no food or calorie restrictions with the Skinny Shot Advanced Weight Loss Program, you absolutely can repeat it! For those who are only wanting to lose 20 or 30 pounds, you may not need to repeat the program. If you want to lose more weight, we suggest remaining in Maintenance Phase for a few months. For those wanting to lose a lot of weight, it could take you as long as six to eight months.

We hope you all are as excited about this as we are!