Semaglutide, also known under the brand names Ozempic, Wegovy, and Rybelsus, is a medication primarily used for managing Type 2 diabetes. Recently, it has gained significant attention on social media for its FDA-approved use as a weight loss treatment.

Semaglutide works by mimicking a hormone called glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) that increases insulin secretion and helps regulate blood sugar levels. When used for weight loss, semaglutide has been shown to reduce appetite and promote feelings of fullness, which may lead to lower calorie intake and weight reduction.

As with any other medication, whether for weight loss or otherwise, there are some health risks associated with long-term usage of semaglutide. While it is generally safe to take it for weight loss or other medically-appropriate reasons, one should always consult a medical professional first to ensure it is suitable for you.

Potential Side Effects of Semaglutide for Weight Loss

When considering semaglutide as a weight loss treatment, it is essential to be aware of potential side effects and risks. While many people do experience positive results, some individuals might also have unexpected adverse reactions. Thankfully, many of these side effects are normally mild, temporary, and/or reversible, and you should consult your healthcare provider immediately if you suspect you may be undergoing them.

Common side effects of semaglutide include:

  • Gastrointestinal issues: Nausea, diarrhoea, vomiting, and constipation are frequently reported by those taking semaglutide. These side effects may be temporary and tend to lessen over time as the body adjusts to the medication. However, they can still be uncomfortable and may affect a person’s daily routine.
  • Reduced appetite: Although a decreased appetite may be seen as a positive side effect for those seeking weight loss, it can also lead to nutritional deficiencies if not managed properly.

There are also some rare but severe side effects and risks associated with semaglutide including:

  • Pancreatitis
  • Kidney problems
  • Gallbladder problems
  • Allergic reactions

Individuals with a history of certain conditions such as Type 2 diabetes, gallbladder or kidney issues, medullary thyroid carcinoma, or Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Syndrome Type 2 may also be unable to take semaglutide as a medication. A medical professional will be able to suggest if semaglutide is suitable for you, given your unique medical history.

Achieve a Toned and Contoured Body without Medication

For those who are unable to tolerate the side effects of Semaglutide or other weight loss medication such as Liraglutide (Saxenda), Shiro Aesthetic Clinic offers effective and non-invasive alternatives to help you achieve your body toning and slimming goals.

One such option is High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) treatment that works by using ultrasound waves to target fat cells, stimulate collagen and elastin production, and tighten skin. Another treatment offered by our clinic is Thermage FLX which uses Mono-polar Capacitive Radiofrequency (RF) technology to deliver heat into your skin’s layers and stimulate collagen production, resulting in firmer and more youthful-looking skin.

These treatments are safe and can provide long-lasting results without the need for medication or surgery. To find out which option is best suited for your needs, book a consultation at our aesthetic clinic in Singapore today. Experience the benefits of advanced aesthetic treatments and regain your confidence with the help of our expert team. You can also learn more about aesthetic treatments on our blog, including whether thread lifts or dermal fillers are better for eyebag removal, and how HIFU treatment can help with line and wrinkle removal.

Dr Zhang YiJun