Weight Loss Program in Mentor, Ohio (Oral Ribelysis, Injection Ozempic, Injection Wegovy)

At Dr. Paul Vanek’s Mentor Plastic Surgery & MedSpa, we adopt a holistic approach to assist you in achieving your aesthetic aspirations. While Brazilian Butt Lifts, Tummy Tucks, and Mommy Makeovers are popular subjects of discussion, assisting individuals in attaining their ideal body weight before surgery is the key to success. In the past, we would recommend that patients lose weight and return for their surgery once achieved.

However, recent advancements in medication have transformed this approach. Enter the realm of Semaglutide and Tirezepatide medications, known as the ‘skinny shot,’ which can help you realize your goals.

What is Semaglutide?

Semaglutide, a GLP-1 receptor agonist, mimics the effects of glucagon-like peptide. Initially developed to treat diabetic patients, it was discovered to possess significant weight loss properties. This revelation benefited not only diabetic patients but the broader population as well. GLP-1 impacted appetite and food intake, reducing a person’s cravings and leading to weight loss.

The first medication in this category, Ozempic, was designed for diabetic patients, but due to its effectiveness in weight loss, a new medication called Wegovy was introduced specifically for treating obesity. Both medications belong to the Semaglutide family and are administered via weekly injections that patients can comfortably self-administer at home.

How Does Semaglutide Promote Weight Loss?

Semaglutides are engineered to mimic GLP-1, regulating appetite and calorie consumption. Patients on Semaglutide typically experience a reduction in appetite and food cravings, resulting in a significant weight loss over time without the sensation of constant hunger or dieting. The long-term objective is to help patients develop healthier eating habits.

How Effective are Semaglutides for Weight Loss?

Extensive studies have demonstrated the remarkable effectiveness of Semaglutides. In one study involving over 1,000 patients treated for 68 weeks, participants lost an average of 15% of their body weight, equivalent to approximately 35 pounds.

Another study with more than 900 participants showed an average weight loss of 17% of their body weight, approximately 41 pounds, at 68 weeks. It’s essential to note that all participants in these studies received guidance on improving dietary habits and increasing physical activity. These results are genuinely promising for our patients.

Are Semaglutides Safe?

The history of diet medications is marked by limited effectiveness and side effects, leading to disappointment. However, in clinical trials for Semaglutide’s weight loss treatment, patients experienced minimal side effects over the 68-week course. Over 90% of patients who initiated the treatment completed the full course.

The most common adverse effects reported were gastrointestinal, such as nausea and diarrhea. 

In general, Semaglutides are extremely well-tolerated.

What is the Treatment Process for Semaglutides?

Patients embarking on their weight loss journey at Dr. Paul Vanek’s Mentor Plastic Surgery & MedSpa can begin before or after their surgery or simply as a means to enhance their overall health. During the consultation, patients discuss their aesthetic goals and collaborate with their provider to create a personalized skinny shot treatment plan, which may include:

  1. Semaglutide weekly injections – self-administered at home.
  2. Monthly office visits to monitor progress and adjust medication dosages for optimal weight loss while minimizing side effects.
  3. Dietary counseling.
  4. Referral to weight training programs. 

What Kind of Patients Would Benefit from Semaglutide Weight Loss Therapy?

Several patient groups are ideal candidates for the skinny shot:

  1. Patients in overall good health who are overweight (BMI greater than 25) or suffering from obesity (BMI greater than 30).
  2. Patients seeking to enhance their overall figure. While liposuction and tummy tuck surgeries are not weight loss procedures, Semaglutide therapy can be employed before surgery to help patients attain their ideal body weight.
  3. Patients aiming to achieve their ideal body weight before undergoing surgery, thereby improving their overall results.

At Dr. Paul Vanek’s Mentor Plastic Surgery & MedSpa, we will discuss your BMI prior to discussing body contouring procedures to ensure patient safety and suitability for the desired procedure. Previously, we advised patients to lose weight independently before considering surgery. Now, we can work with you to achieve your goal weight safely and help you reach your aesthetic objectives.

Can Semaglutide Therapy be Combined with Surgical Procedures?

Semaglutides can be employed before or after your aesthetic surgery to enhance overall results or as standalone treatments. We at Dr. Paul Vanek’s Mentor Plastic Surgery & MedSpa strive to have patients at their ideal weight before surgery. This can be challenging, as weight management has been a long-standing issue for many. We ask you to stop your Semaglutide one week prior to surgery. 

The skinny shot can be used to prepare for surgery or enhance your overall health. Procedures such as tummy tucks, mommy makeovers, and liposuction cannot address visceral or internal fat.

Semaglutides can reduce this internal fat, an area previously unaddressed in plastic surgery. Semaglutides represent some of the most exciting developments in weight loss care.

Who is a Good Candidate for Semaglutide Treatment for Weight Loss?

  • Patients who are overweight or obese.
  • Patients seeking weight reduction and improved overall health.
  • Patients without diabetes or any current diabetic medications.
  • Patients without a history of thyroid cancer.
  • Patients without pancreatic issues.
  • Patients with realistic expectations that the best results are achieved when Semaglutides are combined with lifestyle changes, including diet and exercise.
  • Patients looking to enhance their overall appearance.
  • Your Weight Loss Consultation with Semaglutide Treatment.

Patients will undergo an evaluation, meeting with Dr. Paul Vanek in a consultation.

Our staff will conduct a medical history and physical examination to determine the most suitable treatment.

We’ll discuss the benefits of Semaglutide treatment as part of your weight loss journey, which can also be discussed in conjunction with surgical treatments.

Dr. Paul Vanek’s Mentor Plastic Surgery & MedSpa team will explore the potential benefits of combining other treatments.

The risks and benefits of Semaglutide treatment will be thoroughly discussed during the consultation.

About Your Weight Loss Journey on Semaglutide

An initial consultation can be arranged specifically for weight loss or as part of your surgical consultation.

Incorporating Semaglutide treatment with your surgical procedure will help you attain your ideal body weight before surgery, improving the aesthetic outcome and potentially enhancing surgical safety.

Patients are evaluated, and the medications’ risks and benefits are discussed. Once the treatment plan is established, patients can begin their weekly injections on the same day! Patients generally tolerate the medications well.

We aim for patients to reach a stable weight before their surgical intervention.

Call to Learn More About the Weight Loss Program at Dr. Paul Vanek’s Mentor Plastic Surgery & MedSpa

Achieving your goal weight before undergoing a plastic surgery procedure is crucial for patient safety and realizing your desired results. Our team is here to assist you in preparing for a procedure with the weight loss program at Dr. Paul Vanek’s Mentor Plastic Surgery & MedSpa, including the innovative ‘skinny shot.’

Contact us now to discuss your aesthetic goals.