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As the body ages, it begins to produce less of the vital hormones needed to maintain a high metabolism, peak energy levels, and an attractive appearance. People start experiencing the effects of hormone deficiencies as soon as in their late 30’s. Weight gain, fatigue, and mood disorders can all be traced to fluctuations in hormone levels. At Plastic Surgery Associates of Valdosta, we provide state-of-the-art hormone replacement therapy to help you look and feel more youthful so you can continue to thrive as the years go by.
What is hormone replacement therapy?
As we age, our normal supply of hormones begins to dwindle, which can take a significant toll on an active lifestyle. Some of the symptoms of hormone loss are weight gain, fatigue, difficulty sleeping, brain fog, depression, headaches, mood swings, and discomfort during intercourse. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is a procedure to help balance hormone levels in the body, restoring your energy, mood, and self-confidence. Most women come in for HRT every 3-4 months, and most men require HRT every 5-6 months.
How is hormone replacement therapy performed?
During treatment, a small incision is made in the flanks or buttocks through which hormone replacement pellets are inserted. These tiny pellets are smaller than grains of rice. They release a steady supply of natural hormones that help to stabilize and relax the body so you can avoid the roller coaster-like experience of shifting hormones during the aging process. Your practitioner will inject you with lidocaine, a topical anesthetic, before treatment, so your session will be painless and comfortable.
What are the benefits of hormone replacement therapy?
- Ensures a better night’s rest
- Increases energy levels
- Improves mood
- Reduces headaches
- Boosts mental clarity
- It helps promote a healthy metabolism
- Eases vaginal discomfort and dryness
- It can help lower the risks of certain diseases such as Alzheimer’s and heart disease.
Who is a good candidate for hormone replacement therapy?
Suppose you are experiencing symptoms of hormonal imbalance such as mental fog, decreased libido, fatigue, or weight gain. In that case, hormone replacement therapy might be an excellent option for restoring your quality of life and your appearance. If it turns out that hormone replacement therapy is not quite right for your body, we can provide recommendations for other anti-aging treatments that can help you to look and feel your best.
What happens after hormone replacement therapy?
Our team will provide you with a detailed aftercare plan at the end of your session. After your procedure, it is common to feel minor soreness at your incision sites for about one week. For this period, you should take care to abstain from vigorous exercise or other strenuous activities. In the weeks and months to come, you will begin experiencing changes in your mood and energy levels. It can take up to 3 months to witness the full effects of HRT. Side effects are infrequent but may include skin discoloration or unwanted hair growth. Our practice provides laser treatments to address these side effects, should they occur.
Why choose Plastic Surgery Associates of Valdosta?
Conveniently located in Northwest Valdosta, our practice provides advanced, cutting edge solutions to a wide range of cosmetic concerns facing today’s image-conscious client. Our world-class facility is accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF) and exceeds the highest standards in the industry for patient safety.
Ashlie Scruggs received her Master’s Degree from South University and presently assists Dr. Sonya J. Merriman as a Nurse Practitioner, performing hormone replacement therapy to help clients feel rejuvenated and replenished.