M. D. Evaluation for Medically Supervised Weight Loss
It is an exciting time for medical weight loss! We offer newer medications that include semaglutide, semaglutide compounded with other agents, Ozempic, Wegovy, and others. These medications under medical supervision have helped many patients.
We are excited to offer our M. D. supervised medical weight loss program. Click here.
We begin your medical weight loss consultation with a careful history and examination by our M. D. Next we order a select lab panel to seek causes for weight gain that may be ‘hormonal’ or caused by other conditions. We look for these, because these conditions can be treated along with a weight loss plan. We also customize a diet and exercise plan just for you. Then Dr Thaker selects appropriate medications or hormone treatments, if these are needed. Contact us here to schedule your consultation!
Is medical weight loss right for me?
Not all are candidates for medical weight loss and this can change as health or other factors change. Some patients after our thorough evaluation, do not need weight loss medication. For them, treating another condition may restore healthy body weight. Do note also, pricing and medication availability can change at any time depending on various factors.
What is Semaglutide?
Semaglutide is a medication that treats obesity and or diabetes. It is administered as a subcutaneous injection once a week, and it works by reducing appetite, increasing feelings of fullness, and reducing food intake. Ozempic is a semaglutide brand indicated for diabetics. Wegovy is a semaglutide brand indicated for obesity treatment. Semaglutide is the chemical or ‘generic’ name of the active drug in both these brands. Semaglutide has been shown to promote weight loss in people with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater, or in people with a BMI of 27 or greater who also have at least one weight-related condition. It should be used as part of a comprehensive M.D. supervised, weight loss program that includes a reduced-calorie diet and increased physical activity.
What is Ozempic?
Ozempic is a semaglutide brand indicated for diabetics. Wegovy is indicated for obesity treatment. Semaglutide is the chemical or ‘generic’ name of the active drug in both these brands. Diabetic and non diabetic groups both lose weight using Ozempic, thus this diabetic drug is used ‘off label’ for weight loss if it can be obtained and a physician prescribes.
What is Wegovy?
Wegovy is indicated for obesity treatment. Semaglutide is the chemical or ‘generic’ name of the active drug in both these brands. Wegovy at times can also be difficult to obtain due to cost and or popularity.
Medical Weight Loss Program
Remember, while losing weight can make you look great, being overweight or even obese is associated with several negative health outcomes. These conditions include heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, even depression and diabetes. Any of these could diminish your life span and quality of life.
We specialize in multi-modal weight loss therapy. This is a unique and customized approach with three aspects. Dr Thaker is one of few physicians who offers not only medical weight loss, but also surgical liposuction, and non surgical fat reduction using lasers or freezing methods we describe below. These three methods provide a comprehensive treatment plan, that we customize for each unique patient.
Laser fat removal or Sculpsure laser lipolysis
We use Sculpsure Laser Lipolysis for patients that do not want surgery. Dr Thaker offers targeted fat loss using the world renowned Scuplsure Laser. We place four separate laser heads on the areas of fat, in a comfortable 20 minute procedure. When this fat is gone, it is gone for good. Imagine a room filled with balloons. Once these balloons are burst, they are gone forever. This is the effect of the laser on fat cells. We simultaneously cool the skin as the laser surface is chilled by the device. We also offer cool sculpting, which is a method to freeze fat from problem areas.
Dr Thaker often combines liposuction with non-surgical body contouring to meet patient aesthetic goals, and with the highest margin of comfort and safety. See more about body contouring and other laser services here: Sculpsure Laser for fat.
Fat freezing or cool sculpting
Fat freezing is also called cool sculpting. This non-surgical procedure targets stubborn fat with cooling paddles that freeze fat cells. If you’ve struggled to lose fat in select areas despite diet and exercise, this may be an excellent option. The number of fat cells in each individual is mostly determined in childhood. When we gain weight, fat cells actually expand. When we lose weight, those cells shrink. For those with otherwise healthy weight, stubborn pockets of fat can be eliminated by cryolipolysis. The fat loss is permanent. We advise healthy diet and exercise to optimize results.
We use liposuction to surgically and permanently remove fat from problem areas. We target the ‘love handles’, ‘spare tire’ around the waist, ‘banana roll’ below the buttocks, ‘double chin’ and other areas of the face and body. Dr Thaker trained in a personalized preceptorship with one of the world’s experts in tumescent liposuction, Dr Jeffrey Klein. In this method, we inject local anesthetic solutions for both pain control and to minimize bleeding during liposuction.
Tumescent technique is often regarded as the world’s safest liposuction. The medical literature supports this opinon over many decades, hundreds of surgeons, who have performed many thousands of cases world wide. This method minimizes discomfort and maximizes patient safety. The patient is comfortable and alert, communicating with the team as needed during liposuction. There is no risk from general anesthesia or IV sedatives, or ‘going to sleep and not waking up’ as some patients say.
Liposuction is the most popular body contouring surgery. We re-sculpt specific areas of the body. We remove fat permanently, and liposuction uses only a few small incisions. Liposuction targets fat deposits, in individuals who are not extremely overweight. Traditional weight loss therapies may be used first or combined with liposuction. See more about liposuction here: Liposuction
The best part about liposuction may be that the fat can be used for fat grafting or fat transfer to enhance other areas of the body. We enhance popular areas such as hollow points on the face, or the breast or buttocks. Some people seek liposuction just for the benefit of fat transfer. We determine by our consultation if this is an option for you.
We help you to lose excess body fat by medical weight loss, liposuction, lasers, or fat freezing. However, if you over eat and gain weight, you will re-gain fat. The fat cells that we remove will never come back. However, other fat cells that are remaining may swell and recreate the problem areas we have worked so hard to eliminate. Dr Thaker coaches and reinforces healthy behaviors through periodic follow up visits. This is the key to long term success with weight loss. The first step is to book your medical consultation: New Patients
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