MEDICAL WEIGHT LOSS in houston tx

Medical Weight Loss

Losing excess weight is tough, and there are many other contributing factors to weight gain, such as thyroid imbalance, hormone imbalance, and gut health issues. Here, not only will we customize a treatment plan for you, but we will get down to the root cause of your issues for the most optimal results.

We have many different medicinal tools and options for weight loss. Some oral, some injectable, some sublingual. But none are right for everyone. There is no one-size-fits-all here. We offer customized approaches for our patients and their weight loss journeys.

Our weight loss program collects a thorough medical history and uses blood tests to evaluate and assess your individual reasons for weight gain, including hormones, thyroid, immune status, inflammation, and micronutrient imbalance.

This allows our providers to evaluate your unique needs and goals to build a personalized plan that works for YOU! Using innovative, scientifically advanced therapies, we will help you reach your weight loss goals without invasive surgeries or unrealistic fad diets!

Find the support you need to reach your weight loss goals and maintain them through our personalized precision therapies, which include:

How the Weight Loss Program Works?

During your first visit, we will analyze and discuss blood work results and perform a physical and body composition analysis, in addition to creating a diet plan, choosing appropriate medical treatment, and setting individualized goals. It is a medically supervised and clinically-proven approach that helps our patients achieve and maintain a healthy weight.

We will then arrange for follow-up appointments in order to track your progress, explain results, and keep your plan tailored to your developing needs.

Are you worried or nervous about self-injecting? We offer options for you to come into the clinic to have your injections administered for you!

For remote patients, we will demonstrate proper injection techniques during your first virtual visit so you can safely administer them at home.

One-on-one with a Nurse Practitioner

Discuss your health goals and weight loss challenges with a board-certified practitioner. You will receive diet and exercise recommendations based on your BMR and activity level. We will assess and discuss lab work with you and develop a treatment plan.

We are committed to your health and longevity and will design a customized plan to meet your wellness needs.

Medication Options

Semaglutide

For people with serious, chronic weight management problems, semaglutide is a breakthrough treatment. This insulin-boosting medication was initially discovered as an effective diabetes treatment but is now available to patients who need to lose weight in a consistent manner over the long term. This treatment method does not rely on stimulants, harmful crash diets, unsustainable exercise plans, or any other mechanism that can jeopardize the patient’s overall health.

How it works?

Semaglutide is a weekly injectable drug that mimics the function of our body’s natural glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) hormone, which regulates appetite within the brain. The process suppresses appetite and results in other benefits, such as increased insulin production, decreased blood sugar due to less sugar production in the liver, and improved anti-inflammation, cardiovascular and metabolic health.

GLP-1 agonist medications like Semaglutide are approved by the FDA under various brand names (i.e., Wegovy, Ozempic, Mounjaro, Saxenda) for the treatment of weight management and obesity.

Benefits may include:

Is semaglutide right for me?

All patients, regardless of BMI, age, or ethnicity, benefit from semaglutide. Semaglutide should be avoided in patients suffering from pre-existing health conditions such as pancreatitis, kidney disease, low blood sugar, multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2, gallbladder disease, and diabetic retinopathy.

ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS OF SEMAGLUTIDE?

Many people have little to no side effects. Some reported side effects of Semaglutide include nausea, vomiting, constipation, or diarrhea. However, we are able to effectively control these symptoms early in the treatment. Gradually, Semaglutide’s potential side effects usually diminish as your body grows accustomed to it.

Dosing

Semaglutide is a weekly injection and must gradually increase over time to help the body adjust to the medication. The maximum dose for Semaglutide is a 2mg subcutaneous injection weekly, though patients may require smaller doses depending on their needs, lab results, and response to the medication.

Phentermine

Anorectics, also known as appetite suppressants, include Phentermine. Oral Phentermine has been FDA-approved for short-term use in the treatment of weight loss and may result in faster weight loss when used in conjunction with healthy eating and exercise. It can help reduce hunger cravings as you incorporate changes into your new lifestyle.

How it works?

On a short-term basis, Phentermine reduces appetite by stimulating the hypothalamus gland and signaling neurotransmitters.

To treat obesity and promote weight loss, we can provide you with drugs that reduce appetite safely. These prescribed appetite suppressant drugs have been successful in reducing hunger cravings and making eating smaller portions more satisfying. When combined with a healthy lifestyle, this medication is likely to cause rapid weight loss. It is essential to combine diet and exercise in order to make a weight-loss solution work.

Benefits may include:

Is Phentermine right for me?

Phentermine is one of the most prescribed weight-loss medicines. However, it is not a good choice for people with heart disease, high blood pressure, an overactive thyroid gland, or glaucoma. It also is not for people who are pregnant, may become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS OF Phentermine?

Common side effects of Phentermine include a faster heart rate, sleeplessness, nervousness, and constipation.

Fatburner Shots

It is a compounded lipotropic injection that can that encourage fat-burning for energy in the body. The three main nutrients in Fatburner Shots play a large role in the breakdown and metabolism of fat in the body. They are sometimes known collectively as MIC or MIC injections. We have customized the Fatburner Shots injections to include other ingredients to form a comprehensive injection therapy. Read more below about each ingredient and the role it plays in fat metabolism.

What is in Fatburner Shots injections?

Fatburner Shots is a combination of Methionine, Inositol, and Choline (MIC injections). Now we will break down the benefits of each nutrient.

L-Methionine

Methionine is an amino acid responsible for maintaining body protein, nitrogen balance, and utilization of other amino acids. It can help preserve muscle tissue while on a weight loss program.

Methionine is also necessary to build muscle and encourage protein synthesis. Methionine deficiency can lead to decreased muscle mass and difficulty building muscle.

Inositol

As a type of sugar, Inositol influences the metabolism. It also influences the way the body responds to insulin and supports cognition and mood.

It’s often used to help with the effects of Metabolic Syndrome, or a cluster of conditions that lead to an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. Conditions within Metabolic Syndrome include high blood sugar, body fat around the waist and organs, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.

In one study focusing on the impacts of Inositol, almost all study participants saw improvements in the markers that indicate Metabolic Syndrome.

Results include fewer triglycerides in the blood, lower cholesterol levels, and lower blood pressure. Further, 20% of participants emerged from the study no longer qualifying for Metabolic Syndrome due to improved health markers.

Choline

Choline is responsible for transporting fat to be metabolized into energy. It also maintains liver function, encourages healthy brain development, aids in muscle movement, and supports the nervous system.

When combined with the other ingredients in Fatburner Shots, Choline influences fat burning to boost a weight loss plan that includes diet and exercise.

L-Carnitine

Carnitine is required to transport and break down fat. This fat turns into energy for the body to use.

Studies show that L-Carnitine supplementation can:

Research indicates that Carnitine also helps determine whether the body uses muscle tissues, carbohydrates, or fat for energy. When the body burns fat, it can help decrease the fat-to-muscle ratio in the body, leading to a healthier body composition.

B Vitamins

Fatburner Shots also includes B vitamins to work with the other ingredients and boost your nutrition.

These vitamins support the metabolism and energy levels, act as antioxidants, support cardiovascular health, and more.

Tirzepatide

Tirzepatide, known by the brand names Monjouro and Zepbound, has emerged as a promising medication for weight loss. As a provider of this medication, we focus on its dual-action mechanism that targets both the GLP-1 and GIP receptors, crucial for regulating appetite and glucose metabolism. This approach not only aids in blood sugar control but also effectively curbs appetite, leading to significant weight loss. Tirzepatide has demonstrated remarkable efficacy in clinical trials, showing substantial weight reduction in patients, including those without diabetes. Our commitment as a provider is to offer this advanced therapy as part of a comprehensive weight management program, ensuring it aligns with each patient’s unique health profile and weight loss goals. With Tirzepatide, we are at the forefront of utilizing innovative treatments to address obesity and improve overall health outcomes.

What are side effects of Tirzepatide?

Tirzepatide, a medication used for managing diabetes, may have potential side effects. Common side effects of tirzepatide include nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, decreased appetite, constipation, indigestion, stomach pain, and flatulence (gas).

It is important to note that while these side effects are possible, not everyone experiences them. Some individuals may have no side effects at all. The occurrence and severity of the side effects can vary from person to person.

At Vida Aesthetics and Wellness, we take several factors into consideration when prescribing tirzepatide. We evaluate the patient’s medical history, perform in-house lab work, assess symptoms, and consider the potential side effects of the medication. As a result of this personalized approach, providers can tailor the dosage and closely monitor patients to prevent and manage any possible side effects.

Dosing

The dosing of tirzepatide is individualized based on various factors, including lab work, past medical history, and assessment. Typically, the treatment begins with a small dosage and is gradually increased over time. This incremental approach allows for close monitoring of the patient’s response to the medication. Additionally, the dosage adjustment takes into account the patient’s weight loss progress and any symptoms experienced. The maximum recommended dose of tirzepatide is 15mg. The personalized dosing strategy maximizes medication effectiveness while minimizing adverse effects. In order to determine the most appropriate dosage, it is important to work closely with the healthcare provider.

Who should not take Tirzepatide?

Those with a history of medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC) or a family history of MTC, as well as those with hypersensitivity to tirzepatide or any of its ingredients, should not take tirzepatide. Furthermore, caution should be exercised in individuals with a history of pancreatitis or a high risk for developing pancreatitis, severe gastrointestinal disease, or a history of diabetic retinopathy or other eye-related conditions.

Tirzepatide is not recommended for use during pregnancy. There is limited data available on the safety of tirzepatide in pregnant women, and it is always important to prioritize the health and well-being of both the mother and the unborn baby.

Before beginning treatment with tirzepatide, it is crucial to first consult with your healthcare professional to determine if tirzepatide is appropriate for your specific health condition and medical history.

AOD-9604

AOD-9604 is a peptide designed for weight loss, targeting fat metabolism without the broad systemic effects of human growth hormone from which it is derived. Its primary mode of action is enhancing lipolysis – fat breakdown – and inhibiting lipogenesis, the transformation of non-fat food materials into body fat. AOD-9604 is typically administered through subcutaneous injections, making it a targeted therapy for individuals seeking weight loss solutions. Its usage is particularly noted among those looking for alternatives to traditional weight loss methods or supplements. While AOD-9604 shows promise, it’s important to note that it’s availability and regulatory approval may vary by region, and it should be used under the guidance of healthcare professionals, especially considering its specificity and mechanism of action in fat metabolism.

Medical Weight Loss Process:

For Virtual Patients:

A telehealth visit will be conducted where we will gather a comprehensive medical history to deem if you are a candidate for treatment. (virtual visits require a $100 deposit that will be used toward services)

For In house Patients: