As you age, the body begins to produce fewer hormones necessary for regulating mood and other body functions. For men, a decline in testosterone can result in many unwanted side effects. At Cosmetica Plastic Surgery and Anti-Aging, we offer hormone therapy for men to improve their daily life and wellness.
The goal of hormone therapy is to raise the hormone levels in men to that of a 20 to 30-year-old. This is done using testosterone replacement therapy, which involves natural, bio-identical testosterone pellets placed in the body. These pellets are “off label” meaning they are not yet approved by the FDA, but can still be used for certain reasons agreed upon by the doctor and patient.
Candidates for hormone therapy are men who experience a drop in testosterone with age. Symptoms of insufficient testosterone include:
- Low libido
- Decreased stamina
- Lack of energy
- Lost muscle mass
- Mood swings
- Trouble sleeping
- Weight gain
- High cholesterol
Currently, the FDA only approves the use of testosterone therapy in men with a medical diagnosis of hypogonadism (testosterone levels of under 300 on 2 separate occasions). The FDA requires the manufacturers of FDA approved forms of testosterone therapy to include the following disclaimers:
“It is not known if any form of testosterone replacement is safe or effective to treat men who have low testosterone due to aging” and “there is a possible increased risk of prostate cancer, blood clots in the legs or lungs, heart attack, stroke, swelling of your ankles, feet or body with or without heart failure and breast enlargement.”
The bio-identical pellet placement process occurs in-office with the use of local anesthesia to numb the placement area. The most common placement area is the upper buttocks or hip. A small incision is then made where the pellets can be placed in the fatty layers. The incision is then closed with a butterfly strip.
After hormone therapy pellet placement, it is best to avoid exercise for a few days. It can take several weeks for your hormone levels to begin to balance as your body absorbs the pellets. Once the pellets take effect, patients can enjoy benefit such as:
- Increased erectile ability
- Enhanced libido
- Lower cholesterol
- Increased energy
- Easier weight loss
- Stronger muscles
- Improved mood
- Increased thought clarity
To learn more about hormone therapy for men and to find out if you are the right candidate for treatment, contact Cosmetica Plastic Surgery and Anti-Aging today.