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Semaglutide is a revolutionary medication that has shown promising results in the treatment of type 2 diabetes and weight management. It acts as an appetite suppressant and functions as a hormone therapy to improve glucose metabolism, insulin secretion, and glycemic control.

At Allen Aesthetic Surgery we believe the best surgical results follow a healthier overall body. We are committed to expanding our aesthetic services to fit the needs of our patients. Are you tired of struggling with weight loss? Are you searching for a solution that’s not just effective but also convenient and easy to incorporate into your daily routine? Look no further! Welcome to the revolutionary sublingual oral semaglutide or subcutaneous injectable semaglutide Weight Loss Membership program.

For more information, and to book a personal consultation at our Raleigh office, call (919) 676-5052 or fill out this convenient inquiry form to get started.

About Oral and Injectable Semaglutide

In the pursuit of achieving and maintaining a healthy weight, individuals often explore various avenues for effective solutions. One such breakthrough is sublingual oral semaglutide, a medication originally designed for managing type 2 diabetes but gaining recognition for its potential in aiding weight loss. Unlike the injectable form, sublingual oral semaglutide is taken daily in an easy sublingual form. Oral semaglutide has been proven beneficial in the treatment of obesity and chronic weight management along with a reduced-calorie healthy eating plan and increased physical activity.

We also offer the injectable form for patients who have either already been on an injectable form in the past or are looking for another alternative option for weight loss. Some patients find slightly quicker results with the subcutaneous injection. In past studies, there was not a clinically significant difference in the amount of weight lost between the different medication formulations.

How Does Oral Semaglutide Work?

Sublingual oral semaglutide belongs to the class of glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonists (GLP-1 RAs). The GLP-1 RAs mimic the GLP-1 hormone which is released by the pancreas to stimulate the body to produce more insulin which, in turn, reduces blood sugar, slows digestion, and reduces cravings. (1) While initially developed to regulate blood sugar levels in individuals with type 2 diabetes and has been prescribed for more than 15 years, its impact on weight loss has been a welcome discovery.

The compounded medication is dispensed in a form that allows it to dissolve under the tongue and be absorbed directly into the bloodstream, bypassing the GI tract and liver enabling the medication to work faster than the typically prescribed oral medication.

Aids in Appetite Regulation

One of the key ways sublingual oral semaglutide aids weight loss is by influencing the brain’s appetite-regulating centers. By signaling a sense of fullness, it helps individuals make healthier food choices and reduces overall calorie intake. Typical digestion in the stomach takes place within 20-30 minutes while the digestion rate on sublingual oral semaglutide is slowed to around 120 minutes creating a longer sense of fullness.

Impacts on Body Composition

Studies have shown that sublingual oral semaglutide as well as the injectable form can lead to a reduction in body weight, including both fat mass and, to a lesser extent, lean mass. This can be particularly beneficial for those looking to achieve a healthier body composition. In a period of over 6 months, recent studies have shown that patients lost an average of 10.9% of their body weight. (2)

Benefits of Semaglutide

  • Sustainable Results: Sublingual oral semaglutide offers a sustainable approach to weight loss by addressing both appetite control and body composition, promoting long-term success.
  • Health Improvements: Beyond weight loss, the medication’s impact on blood sugar levels and other metabolic parameters can contribute to overall health improvements.
  • Individualized Approach: With the guidance of healthcare professionals, sublingual oral semaglutide can be tailored to individual needs, ensuring a personalized and effective weight loss strategy.

What’s the Difference Between the Injectable Form and Sublingual Oral Semaglutide?

While both forms work by reducing the appetite and reducing gastric emptying, patients have reported less hunger with the sublingual form. By taking the medication daily, levels are more consistent throughout the week. Compounded medications are safe and effective and are dispensed only with a prescription written by Dr. Allen specifically for you!

In the case of the sublingual oral semaglutide, the pharmacy has been able to compound it with approval by the FDA in a form that is not available from drug companies enabling costs to be less to you. Also, by being compounded by the pharmacy, there is more availability and fewer chances of supply chain issues.

Candidates for Semaglutide

Semaglutide is suitable for individuals struggling with obesity or weight management issues. Although safe and effective for most patients, semaglutide is contraindicated in those who have a personal or family history of medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC) or patients with Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia syndrome type 2 (MEN2).

Personal Consultation

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Before starting any weight loss medication, including semaglutide, it’s crucial to consult with Dr. Allen to assess your individual health profile. During your consultation, she will provide guidance on the appropriate dosage and duration.

To book your consultation, call Allen Aesthetic Surgery at (919) 676-5052 or use our online form to get in touch.

Taking Sublingual Oral Semaglutide for Weight Loss

Adherence to the Treatment Plan

Consistency is key when taking sublingual oral semaglutide for weight loss. Follow the prescribed dosage and timing diligently to maximize the medication’s effectiveness.

Lifestyle Modifications

While sublingual oral semaglutide can be a powerful tool, combining it with healthy lifestyle changes enhances its impact. Incorporate a balanced diet, regular physical activity, and sufficient sleep into your routine. It is beneficial to keep a food journal to monitor food intake to make the best possible choices on your journey for weight loss. This can be done online with an app or simply by keeping a written notebook of your meals. Remember: knowledge of your food intake is power! We often under or overestimate our caloric intake. It is important to not fall below a certain level of calories for long periods to prevent your metabolic rate from resetting to a new low.

Monitoring and Adjustments

Regular check-ins with Dr. Allen and her team are essential for long-term success. They will monitor your progress, address any concerns, and make adjustments to the treatment plan if necessary.

Cost of Semaglutide in Raleigh

Unlike brand-name injectable medications which can cost $1100 – $1500 a month, our office is offering either the sublingual oral semaglutide or the injectable semaglutide for $500/month. This includes your monthly visit and check-up as well as aid with food choices and activity plans.

If you are ready to begin your journey towards a healthier slimmer you, Sublingual oral semaglutide may just be the ticket you are looking for. By understanding its mechanisms, adhering to prescribed guidelines, and embracing a holistic approach to health, individuals can unlock the potential for transformative and sustainable weight loss.

For more information about our Weight Loss Membership program, and to book a consultation with Dr. Allen, call our Raleigh office at (919) 676-5052 or complete this short form. We can’t wait to help you get to your ideal weight with oral semaglutide!


What are the side effects of semaglutide?

As with any medication, there are potential side effects with taking semaglutide. Most common are: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and/or constipation. Most of these are mild and generally decrease in time as the body adjusts to the “new norm.” Patients are started on a lower dose to minimize potential side effects. Rare, but possible, side effects include possible thyroid tumors or cancer, vision changes, pancreatitis, low blood sugar, kidney problems, gallbladder issues, and serious allergic reactions.

What is the recommended dosage of semaglutide?

The dosage of semaglutide will vary depending on the specific formulation prescribed and your individual needs. For an individualized treatment plan, book a personal consultation with your healthcare provider.

How long will it take to see results with semaglutide?

Results with semaglutide can vary from person to person, but significant improvements in blood sugar control and weight loss can generally be observed within a few weeks to months of initiating treatment. Consistency in adhering to the prescribed dosage and lifestyle modifications such as exercise and diet are crucial for achieving optimal results.

Will semaglutide help me maintain weight loss in the long term?

Semaglutide offers sustained weight loss benefits when used as part of a comprehensive weight management program. Lifestyle modifications, regular check-ups, and ongoing support from our team are key factors in maintaining weight loss in the long term.

Why is compounded semaglutide more beneficial than brand names?

Unlike branded semaglutide like Ozempic and Wegovy, compounded semaglutide is a more cost-effective way to manage your weight.

Can semaglutide be used in combination with other weight loss methods?

Semaglutide can be part of a comprehensive weight management plan that includes lifestyle modifications, such as diet and exercise changes. Our team will guide you on how to integrate Semaglutide into your overall weight loss strategy.


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