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Medication Assisted Weight Loss

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Consultation:

All prospective weight loss patients are required to have a consultation with the nurse practitioner to discuss weight loss goals, lifestyle, and options for weight loss that align with your goals, lifestyle, and budget. Consultation may be done as a telehealth visit or in person at the medspa clinic. Baseline labs are not always necessary, however, if deemed necessary there will be a cost of the labs and they are drawn at Bellissima Medspa. You may choose to submit lab results completed within the past 6 months.

Collaboration:

We collaborate with Fortitude Nutrition ,a nutrition consulting service focused on sustainable weight loss & health practices that was founded in 2015 by Phil Trujillo aka “Coach Tru”. Phil’s been a leader in the weight loss space since 2008 with over 2,500 transformations and counting! Personalized nutrition ensures your medical approach to weight loss will be successful & sustainable long term. 

Semaglutide

Semaglutide was first approved by the FDA for glucose control in type 2 diabetes under the trade name Ozempic. It is now approved for weight management under the trade name Wegovy and Rybelsus..  

Immediately you will notice reduced hunger, reduced cravings, and increased feelings of fullness soon after eating. Over time this medication may improve insulin and leptin resistance which is quite common in people with PCOS and metabolic syndrome.

This medication may prevent the development of type 2 diabetes for those at risk, decrease the risk of heart attack and stroke (STEP trial), and protect the cardiac and renal systems.

We prescribe the active ingredient of semaglutide with another proven supplement for weight loss called L-Carnitine. L-Carnitine is a naturally occurring amino acid that plays a vital role in metabolism. It is synthesized in the body from the essential amino acid lysine and methionine. L-Carnitine supports weight loss and may enhance athletic performance. It helps promote fat burning, increases exercise capacity, and reduces muscle damage and fatigue.

Benefits of this combination:

  • Substantial A1C reductions.
  • Boosted weight loss.
  • Improvements in cardiometabolic measures.
  • Reduce appetite
  • Reduces systemic inflammation
  • Reduced body and joint pain
  • Increased energy
  • Increased fat burning
Tirzepatide with Vitamin B

Tirzepatide is the generic name of the drug Mounjaro. We offer a compounded version of the drug sourced from reputable 503b compounding pharmacies.

Tirzepatide plus a once-weekly GIP (glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide) receptor and GLP-1 (glucagon-like peptide-1) receptor agonist and represents a new class of medicines studied for the treatment of obesity. Tirzepatide is a single peptide that triggers the body’s receptors for GIP and GLP-1, two natural incretin hormones. Cycanocobalamin is Vitamin B12. Cyanocobalamin will help increase energy.

GIP helps decrease food intake and increases energy expenditure, resulting in weight reductions. Combined with a GLP-1 receptor agonist, it has a more significant effect on blood glucose and body weight.

Benefits of this peptide/ vitamin combination:

  • Substantial A1C reductions.
  • Boosted weight loss.
  • Improvements in cardiometabolic measures.
  • Reduce appetite
  • Reduces systemic inflammation
  • Reduced body and joint pain
Membership vs Pay-As-You-Go for Semaglutide:

Membership is for those who will need to be on the program longer than 4 months, and those with larger amounts of weight to lose. Membership fees are paid monthly and include the cost of medications, consultations, and medication supplies. The cost of membership is $299 for the first 2 months then increases to $349 per month Membership is beneficial at higher doses, since it saves you $100/ vial Membership is a minimum of 3 months, afterward may be canceled at any time. Membership auto-delivers your medication when needed The Pay-as-you-go option is $600 upfront then $450/ vial. Your initial 2 vials will each last for 10 weeks.
The Pay-as-you-go option is beneficial for those on lower doses who do not require a full vial every month or those who don’t have as much weight to lose

Membership vs Pay-As-You-Go for Tirzepatide:

Membership is for those who will need to be on the program longer than 4 months, and those with larger amounts of weight to lose. Membership fees are paid monthly and include the cost of medications, consultations, and medication supplies. The cost of membership is $299 for the first 2 months then increases to $399 per month up to 5 mg/ week. Membership for up to 10mg/ week is $599/ month Membership is a minimum of 3 months, afterward may be canceled at any time. Membership auto-delivers your medication when needed The Pay-as-you-go option is $600 upfront then $450/ vial. The Pay-as-you-go option is beneficial for those on lower doses who do not require a full vial every month or those who don’t have as much weight to lose

Oral medications: 
Oral medications from our compounding pharmacy are ordered in 8 weeks and 12-week intervals The cost of compounded oral medications is $400 for an 8-week supply/ $550 for a 12-week supply If a prescription is sent to your community pharmacy, the cost is $150 every 3 months. This is the fee for medical management only. 
Lipotropics:
Used to stimulate metabolism and are added as a booster to any of the above options for $150/ month 

Recommended oral supplements:

 
We recommend certain vitamin supplements to prevent or mitigate some side effects of weight loss such as hair loss, fatigue, and muscle wasting
 
Nutrafol is the #1 dermatologist-recommended hair growth supplement brand that addresses the many causes of hair loss including hormones, stress, nutrition, metabolism, and aging. This is available in our office or on our website.
 
Collagen powder to build and support skin, nails, and hair health
 
B Complex: Supplementing with the active forms of the B vitamins is extremely important to everyone, especially individuals who might not be able to convert non-active B vitamins to their active forms in the liver because of compromised liver function, poorly functioning enzymes, digestive disorders, or increasing age.* 
 
Vitamin B12 and folate are necessary for normal red blood cell formation, tissue and cellular repair, normal methylation and homocysteine metabolism, and DNA synthesis. 
 
Vitamin C : Although you might rely on vitamin C only during the winter months, this vitamin can support your overall health every day. Vitamin C has many roles in your body and is linked to impressive health benefits, including immune function, collagen formation, and supporting liver detoxification. 
 
Magnesium: Magnesium is essential for the health of the heart and blood vessels, brain, bones, muscles, and lungs.* • Magnesium supports healthy blood sugar levels. • It promotes bronchial relaxation. • An essential mineral for the electrical activity of the heart, it supports healthy heart rate and rhythm.* • Magnesium helps relax both smooth and skeletal muscle. • It supports the dilation of blood vessels (vasodilation), which maintains healthy blood pressure and optimal blood flow. • It supports healthy blood sugar by enhancing insulin sensitivity. • Magnesium is a cofactor for multiple enzymes involved in cellular energy production.  
 
*All recommended supplements except Nutrafol may be ordered through our pharmacy Fullscripts for a discounted price. 
 

Recommended oral supplements:

 
We recommend certain vitamin supplements to prevent or mitigate some side effects of weight loss such as hair loss, fatigue, and muscle wasting
 
Nutrafol is the #1 dermatologist-recommended hair growth supplement brand that addresses the many causes of hair loss including hormones, stress, nutrition, metabolism, and aging. This is available in our office or on our website.
 
Collagen powder to build and support skin, nails, and hair health
 
B Complex: Supplementing with the active forms of the B vitamins is extremely important to everyone, especially individuals who might not be able to convert non-active B vitamins to their active forms in the liver because of compromised liver function, poorly functioning enzymes, digestive disorders, or increasing age.* 
 
Vitamin B12 and folate are necessary for normal red blood cell formation, tissue and cellular repair, normal methylation and homocysteine metabolism, and DNA synthesis. 
 
Vitamin C : Although you might rely on vitamin C only during the winter months, this vitamin can support your overall health every day. Vitamin C has many roles in your body and is linked to impressive health benefits, including immune function, collagen formation, and supporting liver detoxification. 
 
Magnesium: Magnesium is essential for the health of the heart and blood vessels, brain, bones, muscles, and lungs.* • Magnesium supports healthy blood sugar levels. • It promotes bronchial relaxation. • An essential mineral for the electrical activity of the heart, it supports healthy heart rate and rhythm.* • Magnesium helps relax both smooth and skeletal muscle. • It supports the dilation of blood vessels (vasodilation), which maintains healthy blood pressure and optimal blood flow. • It supports healthy blood sugar by enhancing insulin sensitivity. • Magnesium is a cofactor for multiple enzymes involved in cellular energy production.  
 
*All recommended supplements except Nutrafol may be ordered through our pharmacy Fullscripts for a discounted price. 
 
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