Saxenda® – Weight Loss Treatment Singapore
Saxenda® contains liraglutide. It is a prescription injectable medicine designed to help overweight individuals lose weight effectively and maintain the weight after. Liraglutide is similar to a natural hormone in your body known as incretin. It works by activating specific areas of your brain that regulate your appetite. Liraglutide makes you feel less hungry, which then leads to reduced calorie intake and gradual weight loss.
What is the use of Saxenda®?
Saxenda®, when used with appropriate lifestyle changes such as increased physical activities and a reduced calorie meal plan, can help overweight adults with weight-related medical problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol to lose weight and keep the weight off.
Losing weight and keeping it off can reduce obesity related health complications such as heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes and a shorter life span.
How to use Saxenda®?
It is important to consult a doctor before starting the treatment. Saxenda® is an injectable medicine, meaning you will most likely be injecting the medicine by yourself at home. Our doctors will show you how to use this medicine safely.
Saxenda® is injected, usually once daily, under the skin in the abdomen, thighs and upper arms as directed by your doctor. You will start with a low dose and increase over the next few weeks. Follow your doctor’s instructions carefully.
You should not inject this medicine directly into your vein or muscle. Never share your Saxenda® injection pen with another person.
Who is suitable?
Saxenda® is suitable for:
- Overweight adults (BMI ≥27) who also have weight-related medical problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol.
- Adults with obesity (BMI ≥30).
Saxenda® should be used in conjunction with a reduced calorie intake and increased physical activity.
Who is not suitable?
Saxenda® is not suitable for individuals with medical conditions such as medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC) and multiple endocrine neoplasia (MEN) and allergy to liraglutide. It must not be used during pregnancy because it may harm an unborn baby.
It is extremely important to declare any health conditions or pregnancy during the consultation with your doctor. This is so your doctor can decide if this treatment is safe for you.
Any side effects?
Common side effects are usually mild and gut-related such as nausea, stomach discomfort, diarrhoea, and heartburn.
There are some rare side effects related to Saxenda® that may be serious. Therefore, it is important to consult your doctor to make an informed decision to start the treatment.
What are the other options available?
Lifestyle modification is the most important step when it comes to weight loss. However, it requires a lot of dedication and discipline. Sometimes, other treatments may be required to help you with your weight loss journey.
Oral medication for weight loss
Oral medication such as Panbesy (Phentermine) and Duromine (Phentermine) function as an appetite suppressant and at the same time help increase the utilisation of energy by the body. It is usually prescribed for no more than 3 months.
Fat Freeze Treatment
Fat freeze treatment, or sometimes known as coolsculpting or cryolipolysis, is a non-invasive fat reduction treatment that uses advanced controlled cooling technology that freezes away unwanted stubborn fat cells. It is a popular treatment when it comes to weight loss management. Fat freeze can reduce fat in areas such as tummy, love handles, thighs and double chin.
Venus RF Skin Tightening and Body Contouring
Venus RF is a non-surgical body contouring treatment combines Multi-Polar Radio Frequency and Pulsed Electro-Magnetic Fields to produce skin tightening and lifting results. Often during weight loss process, extra loose skin becomes hanging and unsightly. Venus RF treatment uses fast, pain free and homogeneous heating to multiple tissue depths to effectively tighten the skin.
At S Aesthetics Clinic, we aim to walk with you hand in hand to achieve your desired weight loss goals and build your confidence. If you wish to know more, do not hesitate to contact us for a consultation session.