February is Heart Awareness Month. Did you know we offer ECGs for our patients?
Hormones are chemical messengers with an incredibly import role in managing body activities.
As we age, and with some disease conditions, our bodies lose the ability to replace hormones as quickly and completely as we need them. That's where hormone replacement becomes important.
While there are hundreds of hormones, several that are commonly replaced are:
While it may be common to replace these and other hormones, it is critical to do so with great care. These are powerful substances, each capable of producing unintended effects.
We are proud to have developed significant expertise in hormone replacement therapy, and we are happy to help you correct any hormone imbalances you may have.
Men may experience a loss of ability to perform during intimacy because of many factors. Effective treatment is focused on finding the cause first.
Erectile dysfunction may be associated with Diabetes mellitus, atherosclerosis, or following surgery to address serious prostate issues, such as enlargement or cancer. Any surgery on the prostate - ANY - can lead to ED. If you are experiencing issues with urinary voiding, you owe it to yourself to discuss this with a physician.
If you have ED, there are treatment options and we are glad to help. Once the cause is determined, we can work together on a treatment that both you and your partner will find acceptable.
Women may experience loss of desire for intimacy with aging. Finding the underlying reason is an important process prior to initiating a random treatment.
The cause may be a loss of libido resulting from inadequate testosterone, or pain with intimacy (called dyspareunia) that accompanies thinning and drying tissues.
Unrelated to hormonal imbalances, a woman may lose interest because of external stressors - financial, emotional, or physical. This is why working to get to the root of the problem is so important.
We can help with genital lesion removal and with fertility and contraception.
Men of all ages can and do experience difficulties with intimacy. As a male ages, he may be producing less testosterone (called hypogonadism) which results in a loss of libido and stamina. This is the man who feels he's "lost his mojo."
These days, it seems like everyone in jumping on the testosterone bandwagon - but careful medical supervision is really important.
This is why we test hormone levels and create a plan for each man, individually.
If you haven't heard about Peptide Therapy yet, you will! Peptides are small chains of amino acids, sometimes a part of a hormone. Think of a key on a ring of keys - you can't unlock a lock with the ring of keys, you need to find the right key. These "keys" can unlock incredible changes in the body, without the adverse effects of the large hormones.
Many of these peptides have been identified for decades; others have been more recently discovered. Some are approved by FDA, some not (which doesn't mean they don't work or aren't safe).
Estrogen and Progesterone hormones are produced in greatly reduced volumes after menopause. Replacement of these hormones can go a long way to helping you feel like your normal self.
However, not all replacement hormones are the same as the naturally-occurring hormones.
We use bioidentical hormones for the best effect.
Anti-aging treatments include facial aesthetics (wrinkle reduction), weight loss, and hormone replacement.
Are you aware of the options for wrinkle reduction? Most people have heard of Botox, the product produced by Allergan, Inc. But did you know there are others that may work as well or better in some people? The image to the left shows the results with Jeuveau after only one week!
We also use (and our patients like) Xeomin (pronounced Zee-o-men), which also works very quickly, and lasts just a long. It is from Merz, a European pharmaceutical company.
Regardless of your choice of product, it is administered just under the skin with a very fine needle. It leaves a "bee-sting" like bump for a few hours. The wrinkles (forehead, crow's feet, etc.) begin to lessen in a few days to a week or more. The effect lasts for six to nine months, usually.
Prices vary depending on the product, but will be somewhere around $10.00/unit. Most people prefer between 35 and 50 units, per visit.
Dermal fillers are used to plump out larger or deeper wrinkles, such as those between the nostrils and lips (the nasolabial fold). Dermal fillers are also used to plump out the lips, providing a fuller look.
There are several options, but we will only use those that are made of hyaluronic acid. These last for six to nine months, although the effect is immediate.
If there is a topic you would like us to explain, please let us know!