Recent breakthroughs in weight loss research have brought new drugs onto the market to be used specifically for weight loss. The first was semaglutide—branded as Ozempic or Wegovy—and now the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved tirzepatide—known as Mounjaro or Zepbound—for weight loss. Northwest Face & Body is proud to offer our Zepbound weight loss program to patients on the Eastside. The providers at Northwest & Body offer the best Zepbound Bellevue and Kirkland patients can find.
Zepbound is a once-weekly injectable medication—also called tirzepatide—now approved for chronic weight management. It is a glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) agonist, but it is also a glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide (GIP) agonist. This makes it what is referred to as a dual agonist. Instead of activating one hormone receptor, Zepbound Bellevue activates two. Due to this, many people find that tirzepatide injections are more effective and may come with fewer side effects, but this will vary based on the patient.
When the medication activates the two hormone receptors—GLP-1 and GIP—it tricks the body into feeling fuller longer and sooner. Tirzepatide injections can also reduce cravings and overall hunger. Zepbound also slows the rate at which the stomach empties. This allows the body to feel full longer. In combination with the traditional approach of diet and exercise, patients can see significant weight loss over several months.
At Northwest Face & Body, our providers prescribe the correct dosage of medication and can give patients advice on their exercise and diet. It does not have to be extreme to see results from tirzepatide treatment in Bellevue.
Patients taking Zepbound Bellevue can experience a range of benefits from the medication. Some of the possible benefits of tirzepatide:
Every patient is different and comes to Northwest Face & Body with unique goals and medical history. Thus, our providers customize every aspect of treatment—the medication dosage, diet recommendations, and exercise plan—to fit the patient and their needs so that they may see optimal benefits.
Candidates for tirzepatide injection treatment in Bellevue tend to have a body mass index (BMI) classified as “overweight” or “obese.” They may or may not have medical conditions associated with higher BMIs, such as high cholesterol, higher blood pressure, or type 2 diabetes. Patients seeking Zepbound should also be fairly healthy. They should not have major heart or bleeding conditions. A personal or family history of certain conditions of the thyroid or pancreas may need further testing or evaluation to determine candidacy.
Zepbound is a prescription medication. Therefore, Northwest Face & Body providers require that patients first attend a consultation appointment. This can take place in person or virtually. At this appointment, your provider will discuss your weight loss goals, medical history, aspects of your lifestyle, and what you can expect from treatment.
If deemed a good candidate, your provider will demonstrate how to give yourself the tirzepatide injections. The needle is tiny, and it is a subcutaneous injection, which means it only has to go beneath the skin. Shallow injections are generally easy to administer and come with minimal pain. Some bleeding, redness, and swelling at the injection site may occur, but this should not be severe and clear up on its own. Your body will likely get used to the injections over time.
Zepbound Bellevue is injected in the stomach, thigh, or upper arm. Patients should rotate the body part each week to avoid skin irritation and injections. The injection mechanism can come as a traditional syringe or as an injection pen. Regardless, the needle is placed just beneath the skin and the medication is delivered into the fatty tissue. This helps it reach blood vessels and the rest of the body quickly.
Following a demonstration and a few times injecting themselves, patients often feel comfortable giving themselves the injections. Patients can also have their spouse or a family member perform the injections for them as well. If a patient is intensely uncomfortable with giving themself the injections, they are welcome to come into the office weekly for one of our medical professionals to perform it.
It can take several weeks or months to see visible results (though they may show on the scale before then). In general, it is recommended that patients take Zepbound for a minimum of six months, and the best results typically come in between twelve and sixteen months. Depending on the amount of weight a patient wants or needs to lose, the visible change may occur sooner or take longer.
Patients on all doses of tirezepatide were seen to lose a significant percentage of their weight. If patients follow a consistent diet and exercise routine, they can likely see great results from Zepbound weight loss. Patients will also attend monthly follow-up appointments to monitor weight loss and results.
No, it is a different medication. They are similar, and both belong to the class of GLP-1 medications. However, Zepbound Bellevue reacts with an additional hormone receptor. They are similar enough that they cannot be taken together. But, many find they experience fewer side effects with tirzepatide injections, but this will vary from patient to patient.
It is generally recommended that patients avoid drinking alcohol while taking Zepbound. While alcohol can cause weight gain, the primary reason is that it can interact with the medication and cause dangerously low blood sugar. An occasional drink may be okay, but discuss this with your provider if you intend to continue drinking alcohol during the Zepbound weight loss program. Also, know the signs of extremely low blood sugar and what you should do.
No, tirzepatide only comes as an injection. Semaglutide does have a pill form, and this can be an option for patients wanting to lose weight, too. The semaglutide pill does come at a higher cost than the injectable forms of either semaglutide or tirzepatide.
Not really; while some discomfort may occur, the injections are so quick that most patients experience little to no pain. Subcutaneous injections hurt less than other injections, such as those into the muscle or veins. Many barely feel it.
The tirzepatide weight loss program at Northwest Face & Body starts at $750 per month. This cost includes the medication, all necessary supplies, the diet and exercise program, and the monthly appointment. We offer compounded tirzepatide for the same price as tirzepatide.
To our knowledge, medical insurance does not currently cover Zepbound for weight loss. If this changes and Northwest Face & Body can accommodate insurance, we will inform patients. However, they can procure financing for Zepbound. Additionally, there is a savings program hosted by the manufacturer, which we encourage patients to enroll in if they plan to stay on the medication for several months.
Northwest Face & Body has served the Eastside of Lake Washington for three decades. Our providers are among the top in their field and take an approach of compassion, understanding, and expertise to craft a patient’s ideal Zepbound weight loss program. Northwest Face & Body offers the best Zepbound in Bellevue and Kirkland can provide.
To learn more and schedule a consultation, call us at 425-576-1700. Patients can reach out online via chat, contact form, Price Simulator, and online booking.