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Medically Managed Weight Loss

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Medically managed weight loss, consult with Dr R. Targett


Weight Loss - Adelaide

With age, it becomes easier to put on weight but harder to get rid of it. Add to that the calorific foods served during the holiday season, and the numbers on the bathroom scale creep upwards without any signs of falling.

If you are worried about the ramifications of weight gain, you are well justified. The health risks linked to overweight and obesity are numerous, including heart disease, diabetes and certain types of cancer. For those who are expecting, carrying excess body weight can also lead to short- and long-term complications for both mother and child.

Naturally, there is a slew of advantages to be gained from shedding excess weight. For instance, for those who are overweight, weight loss of as little as 5 per cent of body weight may improve blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and blood flow – all of which lower your chances of developing heart disease. As for those at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, losing weight may help prevent or delay the onset of this condition.

However, the journey is often complicated and rarely a straight path to improved health, as the emphasis is on sustainable weight reduction and making long-lasting, positive changes to your lifestyle.

If you are trying to shed those pesky kilos but have experienced a lack of success, you may benefit from a bespoke medical weight management program. At ACM, we know that everyone’s challenges and goals are different. This is why Dr Targett personally consults with you to gain a deeper understanding of your personal circumstances and develop a weight loss program tailored for you.

Not only will you find yourself experiencing better sleep at night, but you will also feel more energised throughout the day and have an improved outlook on life.

If healthy weight loss is on the books for you, why waste another minute betting on your own health? Give Dr Targett a call today on 0403 690 031 and start your journey to a healthier, happier life.


How it works

What Does Healthy Weight Loss Mean?

Healthy weight loss is not about ‘Dieting’. It’s about making changes to your lifestyle by adopting healthy eating patterns and having a more active lifestyle. You are more likely to be successful at keeping the weight off when the changes you make to your lifestyle are healthy, realistic and sustainable.

If a person is overweight or obese, even small amounts of weight loss (5 per cent of bodyweight, for example, 5kg for someone that weighs 100kg) can have a range of health benefits such as improved blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugars.

Making changes to your diet and physical activity can also have health benefits that are independent of weight loss including increased energy, better sleep and reduced risk of depression.

Having a doctor monitor you on your weight loss journey can help you keep on track and stay motivated.  The health benefits of maintaining a healthy weight are enormous.

What Are The Different Weight Loss Alternatives?

The path to weight reduction is different for each individual and can depend on numerous variables.  As medical professionals, we always like to promote lifestyle changes over more radical medical and surgical options.  The three main options for weight loss are;

  1. Lifestyle changes – Making changes in eating and physical activity
  2. Medical Prescriptions – Again, these need to be used in combination with lifestyle changes
  3. Surgical Options – If you have failed to lose weight by other means then surgical options may need to be considered.

Weight Loss Medications Prescribed by a Doctor

If you have a BMI of over 30 and have failed to lose weight by exercise and diet change, then your doctor may recommend a prescription medication to assist you.

All the medications that are available to be prescribed have been approved by the TGA.  These drugs, however, have are not available through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, so you will need to pay for these out of pocket.

Weight loss drugs are not suited for long term use, as they can have some potential side effects.  It is also not wise to rely on weight loss medications as an alternative to healthy eating habits.  That being said, these medications can set you on the path to establishing a healthy BMI and lead to long term health improvements.

If you are considering weight loss medications to help you lose weight, it is important that you speak to a doctor to find out further information on;

  • How well the medication might work for them
  • How long you can safely use the drug
  • If there are any side effects or potential health risks associated with the medication.

Surgical Options For Weight Loss

Weight loss surgery is recommended for those with a BMI over 40 or for those with a BMI of 35 and over, but have other health conditions that could potentially improve with weight loss.

Surgical weight loss, sometimes known as bariatric surgery, is a new approach to weight loss for very obese people that have used other weight loss options without success.

There are different types of weight loss surgery ranging from Gastric Banding to Gastric Bypass. The goal for all of them is to reduce the amount of food that the stomach can hold, giving you a feeling of fullness.

As with all surgeries, weight loss surgery does come with its own risks. Always consult with your doctor about the risks of surgery versus the long term benefits.  Dr Targett is able to refer you to a suitable Surgeon, should this be an option you wish to explore further.

Fat Reduction Using NuEra Tight by Lumenis

Fat reduction using RF NuEra Tight is not intended to be a weight-loss tool.  However, it does provide an effective tool for you to shed fat deposits in hard to remove areas such as the upper arms, chin and tummy region.  Visit our page on Fat Reduction today and see how it can help you sculpt your body so you can look your best.

Weight Loss Doctors Consult from $150

The Doctor

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Dr Rahma Targett

Dr Rahma Targett is a General Practitioner(FRACGP), with a specialty in Cosmetic Medicine. She founded Advanced Cosmetic Medicine in 2016 and has since become well known as a trusted and in demand Cosmetic Physician in Adelaide.  She has a Diploma in Dermoscopy and  a Diploma in Aesthetic Medicine with the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine. Dr Targett is a leader in her field and regularly attends Cosmetic conferences to keep up to date with modern aesthetic techniques.  At advanced Cosmetic Medicine you can always be reassured that you will be welcomed and treated personally by Dr Rahma Targett.



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How do we diagnose the cause of your weight loss problem?

Obesity is a complex disease that requires a variety of treatment options. No single treatment will work for everyone. That is why we take the time to listen to your goals and understand your life situation before developing a program that will work for you.

Dr Targett will take the time to assess your full medical history and perform a range of tests as required.  She will determine if you have any existing chronic disease related to being overweight such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.  She will also determine your risk of getting a chronic disease such as diabetes.

Dr Targett has years of experience specializing in medical weight management. We are committed to providing you with a solution that will help you lose weight, improve your health, and give you a greater sense of well-being in everything you do.

What are the key features of our weight loss program?

  • Addresses health care issues which arise when individuals are overweight, such as high blood pressure and diabetes
  • Monitors and adjusts existing medical treatments as conditions improve with weight loss
  • Prescribes appetite suppressant medication or other medications to assist with weight loss where necessary
  • Ensures fat loss while conserving muscle mass for maximum sustainable results
  • Uses metabolic testing and monitoring to ensure maximum safe weight loss is achieved according to your metabolic rate