The famed plastic surgeon tried Ozempic for weight loss, calling the drug “the biggest breakthrough in medical history”
Terry Dubrow is sharing why he hopped on and off of the Ozempic bandwagon.
It's one of the brand names for semaglutide — also known as Wegovy — which works in the brain to impact satiety, and is the latest Hollywood weight loss trend.
“I’ve tried it. I thought it was amazing,” the famed plastic surgeon told the outlet. “I didn’t have that much weight to lose. But I wanted to try it because so many of my patients were on it and I wanted to see what it was like when you’re not diabetic and you only have 10-15 pounds to lose.”
Dubrow admitted that he experienced some side effects like “low-grade nausea” while taking the weekly injections but he’s still a “huge fan” of the drug.
“I think it’s a miracle,” he added. “The biggest breakthrough in medical history.”
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However, Dubrow said he ultimately quit Ozempic because he missed the “joy of eating.”
“I thought, ‘You know what, I kind of want to get my appetite back. The holidays are coming, I want to enjoy myself,’” he explained.
“You go on vacation, maybe you don’t exercise, you eat too much,” he continued. “It was kind of like, ‘Well, I want to go on a food vacation,’ meaning I want to be able to eat again cause it really took my appetite and all the joy of eating away.”
Although Dubrow spoke highly of Ozempic, he warned that patients should limit their alcohol consumption and understand that rapid weight loss can result in loose skin.
“You can’t drink on it,” he said. “You’ve got to be really careful with alcohol because people are being put in the hospital with pancreatitis.”
“For patients who want to try [Ozempic], you have to realize your skin is going to loosen up a lot faster,” he explained. “You are going to lose lean muscle mass. You have to increase your protein, you have to work out.”
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