Semaglutide injections are an effective way to lose weight. The medication was FDA-approved for weight loss and weight management earlier this year. The medication requires that patients undergo weekly injections. Most people give themselves the injections at home; however, patients can also come into the office for the injections. Giving yourself injections can sound daunting, but it is something that many people do every day.
Injecting Semaglutide Weight Loss Medication
Semaglutide may come in either an injectable pen form or a traditional syringe. This ultimately depends on several factors, but both can be safely self-administered at home. When prescribed the medication, the patient’s provider will also demonstrate the right injection technique.
To inject semaglutide with an injectable pen, patients will first select the injection site. Semaglutide injections should be in the upper arm, stomach, or thigh. Additionally, patients should rotate these locations for each weekly injection. Next, patients should use an alcohol wipe to disinfect the injection site.
Then, holding the pen firmly in their hand, they press it into the injection site. The patient never sees the needle this way, similar to injecting an Epi-pen.
A traditional syringe injection of semaglutide may require drawing medication up from a vial, or it may come pre-loaded in the syringe. Regardless, the injection process is similar following that initial step. Patients disinfect the area and should pinch the skin lightly. Then, carefully placing the needle underneath the skin, patients then push down the syringe and pull it out.
Tips For Injecting Semaglutide For Weight Loss
- Set a schedule and perform the weekly semaglutide injections on the same day of the week at roughly the same time.
- Inject two inches from the belly button on either side when injecting into the stomach. This area tends to hold more fat and be a less painful place to inject into the stomach.
- Know that there is little pain overall when it comes to subcutaneous injections. These injections reach just below the skin and require a tiny needle in comparison to other injections you may have received. This is why certain injection sites are preferred and easier to inject into.
Semaglutide weight loss injections brands, known as Ozempic and Wegovy, offer patients the freedom to take charge of their own weight loss journey in a way that is encouraging and prevents setbacks. If a patient has significant weight to lose, the semaglutide injections should not deter them. For most patients, it tends to become routine after a while.
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- Rotating the injection site every week prevents skin irritation. This is especially important for patients who may have certain skin conditions. While patients are unlikely to experience major swelling following their injections, injecting semaglutide weight loss medication into the same place week after week would become painful, uncomfortable, and more likely to be injected.
Thigh lifts or thighplasty can be a confusing topic for many people seeking to understand more about the procedure. The terms are often used interchangeably, and there is no clear answer to the differences. However, both a thigh lift and thighplasty are essentially the same thing. The terms are used in the same way a nose job or rhinoplasty are exchanged for each other. However, this doesn’t mean there is only one type of thigh lift. There are three commonly used types of thighplasty procedures which can greatly benefit patients.
There is a medial (inner) thigh lift, mini thigh lift, and lateral (outer) thigh lift. These procedures are performed based on the patient’s needs, goals, and physical makeup. Dr. Jonov can provide insight and information on which procedure would fit your unique needs during a consultation.
A thigh lift or thighplasty removes thigh fat and excess skin, bringing a natural contour to the thighs. It can help smooth the skin, thin the thighs, and eliminate excess skin causing frustration. Thigh lifts greatly benefit patients and bring confidence and comfort back to their lives.
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Hip dips are small dips towards the bottom portion of the hips that can interrupt the perfect hip contour. They are a perfectly normal feature of the body, but many patients prefer a smoother hip contour. So, will a BBL fix hip dips?
Yes, even though the focus of a BBL—or Brazilian butt lift—is buttock augmentation fat is often transferred into the hips as well to create the perfect body contour. This can help correct hip dips. It also does not take much fat to address the hips dips and it can improve the results of a BBL.
Dr. Jonov can also perform only hip dip correction without other areas of fat transfer. However, most of the time, it is advantageous for the patient to undergo another fat transfer procedure at the same time. Dr. Jonov can discuss options for BBL surgery or hip dip fat transfer during a consultation at The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery.
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Liposuction is a well known plastic surgery procedure that uses light suction to remove fat cells. Though, a common misconception is that liposuction is a weight loss surgery, but this is inaccurate. Liposuction removes small pockets of fat to help tone and contour the body. In the largest liposuction procedures, it will remove up to ten pounds of fat. Therefore, this can lead patients to ask, “Should I lose weight before lipo?”
The answer to this question is complicated. The first factor to consider is the goals for undergoing liposuction. If a patient is looking to address a particular area such as under the chin, losing weight is not necessary in most cases. However, if a patient is more for sculpting and contouring or there are multiple treatment sites, Dr. Jonov may recommend losing some weight before liposuction.
Generally, anyone with a BMI under 30 does not need to lose weight to see good results. Though, again, this can vary. In some cases, such as that of a fat transfer procedure like a BBL, Dr. Jonov may advise the patient to gain some weight in order to have enough fat to transfer.
With that said, it is rare for major weight changes to be needed to undergo surgery. If currently in the process of losing weight, wait to seek liposuction until around ten pounds within the goal weight. This will give Dr. Jonov a more accurate idea of how the skin will retract and if liposuction will provide good results.
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A tummy tuck and mommy makeover are both popular plastic surgeries performed after pregnancy. Women want to address stretch, loose, and extra skin on the abdomen which both of these procedures can address. So, what is the difference between a tummy tuck and mommy makeover?
Firstly, a tummy tuck only addresses the abdomen. Sometimes Dr. Jonov may perform liposuction of adjacent areas to improve the overall results. However, it is overall a body contouring surgery that addresses only the abdomen. It can help patients achieve a flatter stomach and also help repair separated abdominal muscles.
A mommy makeover is a broader term for a combination of surgeries that address the breasts and abdomen. For example, the classic mommy makeover is a breast augmentation with a tummy tuck. A tummy tuck is frequently part of a mommy makeover, but a solo tummy tuck is not a mommy makeover. A mommy makeover also does not need to include a tummy tuck either.
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Liposuction is one of the most popular minimally invasive surgeries available. It can be performed in isolation to remove small portions of fat. Though, liposuction is also used to harvest fat for fat transfer procedures such as Brazilian butt lift and fat transfer to the breasts. Let’s look at one of the most frequently asked questions about lipo, “Does lipo leave scars?”
When performing liposuction, Dr. Jonov does make small incisions to serve as entry points for the liposuction cannula. These incisions are exceptionally small and often only require a single stitch to close. They are also in hidden areas, keeping them mostly hidden. Regardless, liposuction scars tend to heal well and often become imperceptible.
With that said, there is a small possibility that liposuction scars could develop into raised scars or keloids. This is rare but is something to discuss with Dr. Jonov if you are prone to developing such scarring.
To learn more and schedule a free consultation with Dr. Craig Jonov, call us at 425-775-3561. You can also reach out online via chat, contact form, or Price Simulator.
Mommy makeover surgery gets its name because it is a surgery often performed after a patient has children. At a minimum, it addresses the breasts and abdomen but can include other parts of the body as well. Like with most elective surgeries, patients need to be in good health and weight is sometimes part of this. So, what is the weight limit for mommy makeover?
There is no single weight limit for mommy makeover surgery. This is because almost any weight can be healthy or not cause major risks for elective surgery. It is largely based on the patient’s overall health. Dr. Jonov does not only take BMI and weight into account. Patients of a healthy weight can sometimes not be good candidates for surgery due to health factors, while an otherwise overweight patient may be otherwise healthy.
In general, most plastic surgeons prefer that patients have a BMI under 30 because this means that weight is unlikely to be a large factor in their health and candidacy for surgery. However, a BMI above 30, especially if it is not significantly over 30, is not always a disqualifying factor.
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A mommy makeover plastic surgery is not one standard procedure. It combines multiple surgeries based on the patient’s needs and goals. Thus, this means that every aspect of the procedure including surgical time, side effects, risks, and recovery time can all vary widely depending on the procedures involved and the specifics of the patient. Let’s look at the question, “How long is downtime for a mommy makeover?”
The surgery will almost always include breast surgery and tummy surgery. This usually involves at least one to two weeks of general downtime. However, certain procedures may result in two to three weeks. During this time, patients can usually get up and walk and after about one week or so, perform basic household tasks on their own.
Though, this will be different for everyone. As far as returning to work, patients without physically difficult jobs can usually return in one to two weeks. Dr. Jonov will discuss this with you during your consultation.
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How Painful Is An Arm Lift?
An arm lift surgery—also known as a brachioplasty—removes extra skin and fat from the arms. Often performed on people who have experienced major weight loss or seen extensive skin sagging due to aging, an arm lift can help restore youthful and proportionate looking arms. Let’s look into a frequently asked question, “How painful is an arm lift?”
Arm lift surgery is performed under general anesthesia. Thus, patients do not feel anything during the procedure itself. Afterward, there is some level of expected post-operative pain and discomfort. Dr. Jonov will prescribe pain medication to help make your recovery easier and less painful.
Overall, patients find an arm lift recovery bearable. Major pain should subside within a week, usually sooner. Occasional discomfort and pain are normal for a few weeks as you continue to heal, but it is typically managed with Tylenol. Patients often return to work in about one to two weeks.
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3 Ways To Maintain Thigh Liposuction Results
Thigh liposuction can provide amazing results by creating a thigh gap, addressing saddle bags, and help overall thin the thighs. Often patients want to ensure that they maintain their results for as long as possible. It is reassuring to know that fat removed from liposuction cannot come back. However, this does not mean liposuction cannot be reversed. Here are 3 ways to maintain thigh liposuction results.
After you are fully recovered, it is important to exercise to help maintain your weight. This can also help tone the thighs and improve results. It is also generally healthy and helps keep you in good health which is important for maintaining any surgical result. You do not need to be a gym rat to keep your result fortunately and some basic exercise should be enough.
#2: Do Not Smoke
Smoking—beyond putting your health at risk—also reduces circulation and ages you faster. Thus, the skin can lose elasticity and sag. This can lead to you needing a thigh lift or seeing your thigh appearance change, even without major weight fluctuations. Avoiding smoking is best when wanting to remain looking youthful as long as possible.
#3: Stay Hydrated
Hydration is important for your entire body and being dehydrated can cause negative effects on the skin and tissues which can promote less healthy skin. In turn, this can age the skin. Additionally, not getting enough water is also linked to weight gain which can negatively affect thigh lipo results.
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