Saxenda (Liraglutide) UK Weight Loss Treatment

Saxenda uk weight loss woman injection in belly

Saxenda slimming injections are a weight loss treatment that contains the medication known as liraglutide. At Linia Skin Clinic, we offer our patients professional treatment with Saxenda in the UK from our Harley Street clinic in London.

For more information or to book your consultation now, contact us or fill out the enquiry form on this page. 

This treatment is widely considered to be a very reliable and effective weight loss solution that involves the control of your appetite.

Many people who try to lose weight by following healthier eating plans, exercise routines and even in some cases, more extreme diets, still struggle with maintaining weight loss.

Often the problem of continuing to lose weight comes down to genetics and hormonal fluctuation which makes controlling appetite difficult.

All too often, people who even have lap band or bariatric surgery, will still eventually put the weight they lose back on.


Saxenda / Liraglutide – What is it?

Saxenda consists of liraglutide, which is a very similar, but synthetic version of a hormone, known as GLP-1. This hormone is naturally produced in the intestine after you’ve eaten food.

It is administered via injections and works as an appetite suppressant by telling the receptors to make you feel full and slowing down the digestion of food.

As it reduces your appetite, it enables you to stick to a diet with a controlled daily calorie intake and can help you to lose weight consistently.


saxenda injection pen for weight loss


What are the Benefits of Saxenda Weight Loss Injections?

There are many benefits of using Saxenda weight loss injections, including:

  • It has been shown that when combined with increased physical activity and a low-calorie dietary plan that taking regular doses of Saxenda is more effective for losing weight than just dieting on its own
  • It has also been shown to reduce high cholesterol and high blood pressure
  • It is self-injectable so does not require as many visits to a clinic
  • Has limited side effects


How Much Weight Loss Can I Expect From a Saxenda Medication Program?

In a critical review of the evidence by the Obesity Science and Practice journal, Liraglutide (Saxenda pen) users consistently lost between 4-6kg [1]


What are the downsides, risks and side effects, of using Saxenda weight loss injections?

As with most medications and treatments, there is always the chance you will experience side effects or risks. Although not everyone will suffer from them, the most common are:

  • Constipation
  • Diarrhoea
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

These are considered very minor and tend to settle gradually during the first few days or weeks of using the medication, as your body adjusts to it.

There are very rare chances of more serious conditions such as

  • Pancreatitis
  • Gall Bladder Disease

All the potential side effects and risks will be explained fully when you make a consultation appointment with our specialist.


Are there risks if you stop taking it before the programme ends?

Yes, if you stop taking a full programme of Saxenda, it is possible that you will quickly regain the weight you lost unless you have taken the necessary steps to permanently change your lifestyle.


Who are Saxenda Weight Loss Injections not suitable for?

You should avoid using Saxenda weight loss injections if you meet any of the following criteria:

  • You or a member of your family have a Medullary Thyroid Cancer (MTC)
  • You have been diagnosed with Multiple Endocrine Adenomatosis Type 2 (MEN2) – a disease that causes sufferers to have tumours in multiple glands
  • You suffer from an allergy to liraglutide or any other ingredients found in Saxenda.


Does Saxenda need to be injected by my health care professional?

As it is a self-injectable, once-daily medication that is provided in a pre-filled pen, you should be able to administer it yourself.

Before you use it for the very first time though, our specialist will teach you how to use it.

Don’t worry, the needle is very thin and only short enough to breach the fatty layer of skin. It’s generally painless.

If you had thoughts of huge, long needles, you can rest easy.


girl holding saxenda injection pen


Where Can Saxenda Be Injected?

Doses of Saxenda can be injected just under the skin, using a subcutaneous-style injection in either your upper arm, upper leg or stomach area.

Our specialist will discuss your options when they demonstrate how to use it. Never inject the medication directly into a muscle or vein.


What is the Dosing Schedule of Saxenda?

There is a specific Saxenda dosing schedule that you need to stick to. Initially, your dose will be 0.6mg for one week.

Thereafter, you need to increase the dosage every week until you are taking the full dose of 3mg.

It is important to follow this schedule of treatment to keep the risk of gastrointestinal side effects to an absolute minimum.

Our specialist will advise your exact dosing schedule of Saxenda, or if the dose should be different in your specific case.


Is there a specific time you should take Saxenda?

There is no specific time of day you need to take Saxenda weight loss injections. It just needs to be taken once a day.

Many of our patients find it useful to establish a specific of time of day that they find easiest to remember.


girl doing liraglutide injection


How Long does a Saxenda injection pen last?

Once you have followed the dosing schedule properly and are taking 3mg of Saxenda, each injection pen will last for a maximum of six days.


How Much Does Liraglutide or Saxenda Weight Loss Treatment Cost?

There are several options available. The initial consultation, which includes 1 x Saxenda pen is priced at £250.

We strongly recommend a 10-week schedule of injections because after that period, you should have been fully exposed to the appetite reduction and experienced a considerable amount of weight loss.

Afterwards, you will then be in a better position to decide whether or nor you would like to continue with Saxenda (Liraglutide). The price of your Saxenda medication after your initial consultation will depend on the length of your program.

However, if you are unfortunate enough to not experience any notable weight loss in this period (this is a rare occurrence, as only 1 in every 12 people who take Saxenda do not experience weight loss), the trials that have been carried out on this treatment suggest it is unlikely to work properly for you.


What Should I do to Get Started?

The fist thing you need to do if you are interested in the Saxenda weight loss management treatment is to book your consultation now, contact us or fill out the enquiry form on this page. 

Your consultation will be with one of our qualified and highly skilled specialists. They will not only discuss your medical history, but explain the treatment, the side effects and if you are eligible. These are the first steps to getting you started with the treatment.


[1] Liraglutide for weight management: a critical review of the evidence
A. Mehta, 1 S. P. Marso, 3 and I. J. Neeland