Weight Loss

The ReStart Shot (Semaglutide) was FDA approved in June 2021 for the treatment of obesity and co-morbidities associated with obesity, such as Type 2 Diabetes, sleep apnea, and hypertension. The ReStart shot is an injectable prescription medicine used for adults who want to lose weight and also have weight-related medical problems to help them lose weight and keep the weight off.

The shot is a glucagon-like-peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonist that is engineered in the laboratory. What this means is that the shot mimics the naturally occurring GLP-1 hormone that is released by our intestines into our bloodstream within minutes after we ingest food. This gut hormone has many important metabolic actions, including:

  • Helping to regulate blood sugar
  • Slowing gastric emptying
  • Controlling appetite


Our first patient is 5’2″. Her starting weight was 150lbs. After 15 weeks on the shot, she lost 27 pounds.

The average weight loss is 15 to 17% of the individual’s starting weight. For an individual who weighs 230 lbs., this translates into a 35 to 39 lb. weight-loss, when combined with diet and exercise changes.

Significant improvements were also seen in:

  • Waist circumference
  • Blood pressure
  • Cholesterol
  • Inflammation
  • Physical ability

This patient is 5’11” and lost 28 lbs in 10 weeks


The ReStart Shot is a once-weekly injection into the subcutaneous tissue of the abdomen, back of the arm, or lateral thigh. We use a compounding pharmacy in which the medication comes in a vial. Our board-certified nurse practitioner, Kaitlyn Wheelan who oversees the entire medical weight loss practice, will walk you through dosing and injections. If you aren’t comfortable doing it at home, we can see you every week at the clinic to give the injection. The most common side effects include nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, and constipation.


20 weeks (5 months) is the length of time where maximum results were seen. There are no contraindications to taking it longer than that. Plainly said, take it until you reach your goal! You will have the best results if you incorporate our recommended lifestyle and diet changes, as prescribed to you by our nurse practitioner.


The ReStart Shot is effective and safe across a wide spectrum of patients with obesity who might be prescribed this drug, whether you are older or younger, higher BMI or lower, and regardless of race/ethnicity. The only strict contraindications are those with a History of Thyroid Cancer/Tumors, those with a history of pancreatitis or those with a history of cholelithiasis (Gall Stones).

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Patients in Coralville, IA, and the surrounding communities have achieved long-desired transformations with the guidance of The ReCenter. Owner Amara Andrews and her incredible team of aestheticians and nurses are passionate about sharing their knowledge and expertise with as many people as possible. For transformations that improve your confidence and well-being, schedule a consultation with The ReCenter.

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