About Hormone Replacement
Hormone fluctuations are a very normal and common part of life for most women. As natural shifts in our hormones take place, our bodies react in different ways, often causing us to feel a little bit "off." You may feel a little more sensitive, or like you're just not yourself though you are unable to pinpoint the cause. Often, the underlying explanation is insufficient testosterone. You may be asking yourself, "But isn't testosterone a male hormone?" The answer is both yes and no. In females, the ovaries and adrenal glands produce small amounts of testosterone throughout their lifetime. However, once a woman has reached menopause, testosterone levels deplete, causing lack of energy, loss of sex drive, generalized fatigue, loss of muscle volume, and weight gain. Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Caruth believes that an exciting and effective solution for low testosterone is bioidentical hormone replacement therapy at Plano Aesthetics.
"I love Dr. Carruth and his staff! I’ve had a couple of procedures and have been very happy with the results! His staff always helps to ease my anxiety and make me feel very comfortable and he thoroughly explains the entire procedure and makes sure I understand. He truly cares about me and makes sure I’m 100% happy."- S.P. / Google / Apr 26, 2019
"Dr. Caruth cares about his patients . Been going for years and he never tries to sell you on anything. Always just wants to meet your needs"- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Mar 13, 2019
"Dr. Caruth and his staff are amazing. I highly recommend Dr. Caruth. He took exceptional care of me with my procedure. Hands down, an outstanding doctor!"- C.S. / Google / Jul 13, 2017
"I really enjoy Dr. Caruth. He is funny and tells it like it is which is why I like his honesty. His staff are also very nice people and accommodating. The office is also very nice. I would definitely recommend. Although my results are not apparent at this time, I have faith that Dr. Caruth will get me where I want to be or damn close to it."- C.P. / Google / Sep 12, 2020
"I have been seeing Dr. Caruth for over 10 years and absolutely love him and his office! He spends a lot of time in the consultation and he very easy to talk to. Dr. Caruth does his own Botox and filler injections which I prefer to having an aesthetician for these injections. Before my son’s wedding, I had a neck lift procedure and I was very happy with the results. I have referred three of my friends for the same procedure and all have been very pleased with the outcome."- D.S. / Google / Mar 03, 2020
Insufficient testosterone levels can cause a variety of symptoms. Most commonly, weight gain, fatigue, and low sex drive are indicators of a hormonal imbalance. However, symptoms can include:
- Loss of muscle
- Unbalanced or erratic moods
- Hot flashes
- Hair loss
- Brittle bones, hair, and/or nails
Hormone Therapy for Men
Men often suffer from low testosterone beginning after the age of 30. Low testosterone for men can mean a loss of muscle mass, fatigue, and decreased sex drive. This hormonal fluctuation is extremely common and affects one in every four men over 30 years of age. If you believe if may be suffering from low testosterone, schedule a consultation with Dr. Caruth to learn more about bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.
Dr. Caruth performs hormone replacement therapy with bioidentical pellets. Made from plant-based materials, testosterone pellets are created at a compounding pharmacy and are specifically customized to the needs of each patient. The pellets are small enough to be subcutaneously placed by Dr. Caruth in a simple, office procedure using local anesthesia.
Following a blood panel and diagnostic testing, Dr. Caruth will gently insert your customized bioidentical pellet through a very small incision in your upper hip. The incision will not require sutures or a recovery period afterward.
What to Expect
Within days, you’ll notice a difference. Patients experience a rise in their energy levels, sex drive, and weight loss. The effects of the pellets last four to six months. The likelihood of complications following pellet insert is very low. Common symptoms include minor bleeding, bruising, and discoloration of the skin. Rarely, infection and possible extrusion of the pellet can occur. Taking baths (fully submerged) and swimming should be avoided for up to five days after insertion and vigorous physical activity should be avoided for two full days for women and up to seven days for men.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if hormone therapy is appropriate for me?
Hormone replacement therapy is not an ideal solution for everyone. During a consultation, Dr. Caruth will work to understand your symptoms and concerns and discuss your lifestyle to determine if the treatment is right for you. While hormone replacement therapy is life changing, it requires regular monitoring and blood draws to ensure you are receiving the correct dosage. Only a medical professional should help you make the decision about your candidacy for hormone therapy.
How do you diagnose a hormone imbalance?
Generally, you will go through a physical exam, a consultation, and a review of your current health conditions, medications, symptoms, and family medical history. Then, the diagnostic process for hormonal imbalances is a blood draw that studies the hormone levels in the body that corresponds with your symptoms.
How long do the pellets last?
The pellets usually last between 3 - 5 months in women and 5 - 6 months in men. High levels of stress, physical activity, some medications and lack of sleep may increase the rate at which the pellet absorbs and may require pellets to be inserted sooner in some patients.
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Feel More Like Yourself Again
Plano Aesthetics is proud to offer you the opportunity to improve your quality of life with hormone replacement therapy. If you are suffering from the many symptoms that could indicate insufficient testosterone, we invite you to schedule a consultation at our Plano, TX facility today. We look forward to exceeding your expectations.