Semaglutide for Weight Loss

If you feel like you’ve tried everything—diets, exercise, weight loss apps—and still struggle with your weight, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Armando Soto offers an effective, medically directed solution.

At Aesthetic Enhancements Plastic Surgery in Orlando, Florida, our medical weight loss program includes weekly treatments with semaglutide or tirzepatide—generic versions of two popular weight loss medications. Are you ready to improve your health and confidence by making noticeable, consistent progress toward your weight loss goals?

What Is Semaglutide?

Semaglutide is an injectable prescription medication initially used to help people with diabetes control their blood sugar. It acts as a GLP-1 receptor agonist, mimicking the hormone glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1), which regulates appetite and blood sugar levels by affecting insulin and glucagon production.

What Is Tirzepatide?

Tirzepatide, a newer and more potent GLP-1 receptor agonist than semaglutide, also targets glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide (GIP) to enhance GLP-1’s effects in regulating blood sugar.

How Do These Drugs Help You Lose Weight?

Both semaglutide and tirzepatide support weight loss by:

  • Suppressing appetite
  • Regulating blood sugar levels
  • Slowing stomach emptying to extend feelings of fullness
  • Increasing insulin production
  • Reducing glucagon production

Are They Safe?

Semaglutide and tirzepatide have undergone extensive clinical trials. While generally safe, they can cause side effects such as nausea and diarrhea, which typically diminish over time. Discussing your health history with our team ensures these treatments are appropriate for you.

Dr. Soto

Dr. Armando Soto

Dr. Soto is a board-certified plastic surgeon who brings an exceptional level of attention, skill, and integrity to every patient and procedure. For more than 15 years, he has helped Orlando women and men look and feel fabulous using innovative yet proven surgical and nonsurgical options. As a well-respected plastic surgeon, Dr. Soto is a member of leading professional associations, including the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and The Aesthetic Society.

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Credentials You Can Trust

Doctor Sotos Credentials including American Society of Plastic Surgeons, American Board of Plastic Surgery, and The Aesthetic Society

Which One Should I Take: Tirzepatide or Semaglutide?

We recommend starting with semaglutide because it’s more affordable and usually effective for most patients. If your weight loss plateaus or you don’t reach your goal, we may recommend switching to tirzepatide.

What Are the Potential Side Effects of Semaglutide and Tirzepatide?

The potential side effects of these drugs include nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, constipation, indigestion, and stomach pain. These side effects typically fade as the body adjusts to the drug.

Some patients tolerate tirzepatide better than semaglutide and may switch if they experience side effects with semaglutide.

Our First Weight Loss Patient: Dr. Soto’s Personal Experience

Dr. Armando Soto established our weight loss program and is its first success story, having lost 70 pounds. His experience demonstrates his belief in the program’s effectiveness and enhances his commitment to helping patients achieve similar results.

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How Does The Medical Weight Loss Program Work?

Our personalized program begins with a consultation with a nurse practitioner who will:

  • Discuss Your Weight Loss Goals
  • Review Your Medical History
  • Prescribe Necessary Lab Work
  • Measure Your Starting Weight
  • Explain the Medication Options

Following lab results, a nurse practitioner will outline your customized weight loss plan, answer questions, and administer your initial injection, with dosage adjustments based on your progress and any side effects.


Sourcing Information

Our medications are consistently sourced from a trusted pharmacy that compounds semaglutide and tirzepatide to our exacting standards, ensuring high quality and efficacy.

Am I a Candidate?

Ideal candidates are adults who are overweight or obese, not currently pregnant or breastfeeding, and at risk for or currently managing weight-related health issues.

Investing in Your Long-Term Health

Our weight loss program aims to achieve your desired body shape and enhance your overall health. The cost of the program varies based on your medical needs and goals. Many patients find that the price of the medication is offset by reduced spending on groceries and dining out.

Benefits Beyond Weight Loss

Our weight loss program offers more than just aesthetic gains—they’re a pivotal part of a comprehensive health improvement strategy. Here are some of the ways this program can benefit your overall well-being:

Reducing Obesity-Related Illnesses

The benefits of weight loss go far beyond your physical appearance. Semaglutide and tirzepatide can dramatically reduce your risk of chronic conditions linked to obesity, such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. This reduction in risk factors can significantly improve your overall health and extend your life expectancy.

In addition to mitigating obesity-related risks, our patients frequently report positive changes in other areas of their health. Many see significant improvements in inflammatory conditions, such as arthritis and fatty liver disease. These improvements can greatly enhance the quality of life and further decrease health-related expenditures.

Enhancing Your Quality of Life

Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight dramatically enhances your quality of life. Patients frequently share stories of newfound vitality and energy, which allows them to engage in activities they once avoided. This leads to enhanced self-confidence, making it easier to embrace new opportunities and enjoy a fuller, more satisfying life.

How Do I Maintain My Weight Loss?

Maintenance options include discontinuing the medication or continuing at a reduced dose to support sustained weight loss and ongoing health benefits.

Body Contouring Treatments To Enhance Your Results

Choosing the weight loss program at Aesthetic Enhancements Plastic Surgery gives you top-tier medical oversight by Dr. Soto. It also provides ready access to optional nonsurgical and surgical treatments to enhance your results while losing weight and after achieving your goal.

Some patients find that undergoing nonsurgical treatments during weight loss can offset facial volume loss, manage loose skin, and improve muscle tone—eliminating or reducing the need for surgical interventions later.

These are nonsurgical treatments that can benefit weight loss patients:

If you decide your body could benefit from further refinement after you’ve achieved your goal weight, Dr. Soto can put the finishing touches on your slimmer physique with surgical procedures including:

Request Your Consultation

Aesthetic Enhancements Plastic Surgery is happy to provide the most up-to-date weight loss treatments, such as semaglutide and tirzepatide, at our Orlando, FL, practice. To learn more, call our office today at (407) 218-4550 or request a consultation.