What is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Our hormones are responsible for a variety of functions within the body, including our emotions, energy levels, sex drive, and overall health. However, as our bodies get older and our hormone levels begin to decrease, these imbalances can cause a number of issues. Fortunately, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is a natural alternative to many options that can be used to treat hormonal imbalances. At Kevin R. Hanz, M.D. Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, we specialize in utilizing BioTe to regulate these hormones and keep our patients' bodies on track. To learn more, visit our office in Dallas, TX, to meet with Dr. Kevin Hanz or a member of his staff.
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Is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Right for Me?
Though commonly associated with women, improper hormone balances also frequently affect men. To be considered an ideal candidate for BHRT, we typically recommend for patients to be in good overall health with no history of certain cancers, deep vein thrombosis, stroke, or blood clots. Additionally, we do not recommend the treatment for women who are pregnant. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy with BioTe has proven to be useful for patients experiencing a number of symptoms, including:
- Decreased libido
- Hot flashes
- Erectile Dysfunction
- Weight gain
- Mood swings
- Irregular sleep patterns
- Spotty memory
How Does Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Work?
The process starts with a consultation in which we will get a better understanding of your issues as well as your medical history. We will then perform some tests in order to accurately identify your hormone levels. If at this point, we deem you to be a good fit for BHRT, we will administer it as a pellet composed of testosterone, progesterone, estrogen, DHEA, pregnenolone, or a combination of any of these hormones, depending on the exact needs of your body. Follow-up visits will be necessary in order for us to monitor your progress and make any required changes to your dosage.
What Results Can I Expect from BioTe?
Generally, side effects of BHRT are nonexistent or incredibly mild due to the treatment's natural composition. We recommend scheduling follow-up appointments about every 4 – 6 months in order to ensure your body is able to consistently maintain the results of the treatment. It may take several weeks or even months before the symptoms begin to subside as the pellets slowly work their way into the body.
Is HRT safe?
Yes, for the majority of patients, BioTe hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can be very safe and effective. Like other types of hormone therapies, BioTe has a small risk (2%) of side effects, including mild acne, weight fluctuations, and facial hair, but these are typically easily treated by adjusting dosages. During your consultation with Dr. Hanz, he will examine your medical history and current health to ensure that bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is right for you.
Does getting BioTe hurt?
No, most patients don’t find the pellet insertion painful. The treatment area will be numbed with a local anesthetic before Dr. Hanz begins to keep you comfortable.
How quickly will I see results with BHRT?
How long it takes to see results depend on a number of factors, including age, health, absorption levels, and hormone levels. Some patients may begin to notice results within 3 – 7 days; for others, it may take up to 3 – 4 weeks.
How long does BioTe last?
How long a BioTe pellet will last varies for each patient, but typically women can expect their treatment to last about four months, and men can expect it to last about five months.
Balance Your Hormones
Hormone imbalance, which is often unavoidable during the aging process, can lead to many unwanted side effects. Our team at Kevin R. Hanz, M.D. Aesthetic Plastic understands that this can be a delicate issue and is committed to helping you feel back to normal as soon as possible. Dr. Hanz is incredibly experienced in utilizing BHRT with BioTe in order to restore the hormone levels of his patients in Dallas, TX.