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Medical Weight Loss Injections: Semaglutide, Tirzepatide, & Other GLP-1 Agonists

By: Dr. Leonel Perez



Beyond Esthetics is dedicated to exploring innovative approaches to weight loss, including the utilization of GLP-1 agonist medications such as semaglutide and tirzepatide. These injectable treatments have shown promising results in aiding weight loss, but understanding their differences and determining who might benefit most from these treatments is crucial for anyone considering this path to weight management.

GLP-1 Agonists: What Are They?

GLP-1 agonists are a class of medications originally developed to manage blood sugar levels in individuals with type 2 diabetes. However, their ability to influence appetite and promote weight loss has drawn attention for their potential in managing obesity. Semaglutide and tirzepatide are among the newer additions to this class of drugs that have shown considerable promise in aiding weight loss.

Differences Between Semaglutide, Tirzepatide, and Other GLP-1 Agonists

Semaglutide and tirzepatide both belong to the GLP-1 agonist class, but they have some differences in their mechanisms of action and dosing frequencies. Semaglutide, often prescribed under the brand name Ozempic or Wegovy, is taken once a week as a subcutaneous injection. On the other hand, tirzepatide (often prescribed under the brand name Mounjaro) is a newer drug that combines GLP-1 and glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide (GIP) receptor agonism and is approved for both diabetes and weight management. Tirzepatide requires once-weekly dosing for the first 12 weeks and then progresses to once-monthly dosing. Both have shown significant efficacy in weight loss when used in combination with diet and exercise.

Who Is a Good Candidate for These Injections?

Our expert team at Beyond Esthetics understands the significance of tailoring weight loss programs to individual needs. We assess candidacy for these injections based on comprehensive evaluations, taking into account your health, goals, and medical history. Every step is personalized to ensure optimal outcomes.

These medications are typically recommended for individuals with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher, or those with a BMI of 27 or higher with at least one weight-related condition, such as high blood pressure or type 2 diabetes. However, candidacy for these injections should be evaluated on a case-by-case basis by a healthcare professional. It's important to note that these medications are not a one-size-fits-all solution, and a thorough assessment is necessary before considering them. 

The Importance of Diet, Exercise, and Building Healthy Habits

While these medications can be beneficial in supporting weight loss efforts, they are most effective when combined with a healthy lifestyle. A balanced diet and regular exercise routine play an integral role in achieving and maintaining weight loss. They should complement the use of these injections, not replace healthy habits. The injections work best when integrated into a comprehensive approach to weight management, emphasizing sustainable lifestyle changes.

We believe in a holistic approach to weight management. While these injections can be a valuable tool, they work best when combined with a balanced diet and regular exercise. At Beyond Esthetics, we emphasize the importance of building and maintaining healthy habits that complement the effects of these injections, leading to sustainable weight loss.


 The emergence of medications like semaglutide, tirzepatide, and other GLP-1 agonists offers new possibilities in the management of obesity. Understanding their differences, considering candidacy, and emphasizing the need for a holistic approach to weight management involving proper diet, exercise, and healthy habits are key to their successful use. Beyond Esthetics in Annandale, Virginia, is your destination for advanced, medically supervised weight loss solutions. Our commitment to personalized care and comprehensive support ensures that our patients achieve their weight management goals effectively and safely.


Remember, no medication or injection alone can substitute for a healthy lifestyle – it's the synergy of medical assistance and personal efforts that truly fosters sustainable weight loss and improved well-being.


Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards a healthier, happier you. Experience the transformative potential of weight loss injections with our expert team at Beyond Esthetics in Annandale, Virginia.


Remember, true transformation begins with a holistic approach—trust Beyond Esthetics to guide you on your weight loss journey.



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