Changing hormones can affect so many aspects of your life, from your physical wellbeing to your mental health. That’s why hormone replacement therapy, also known as HRT, is such a popular method of restoring the body and reversing the symptoms that affect how we live our lives. Here at Le Reve Skincare & Laser Center in Fort Worth, TX, we’re thrilled to offer this treatment and help get you feeling more sprightly and more like yourself in no time.
How Long Does Hormone Replacement Therapy Take?
The length of your treatment period will depend on what kind of treatment you undergo. If you’re receiving injections, it will be a short-term solution that will require either weekly or bi-weekly appointments to refresh the body. If, however, you opt for a pellet insertion, you’ll be able to enjoy the benefits of treatment for roughly three to four months before symptoms reappear, then you’ll need to come back in for a follow-up.
We’ll help you determine which type of treatment will best suit your concerns and lifestyle. Pellets work for some people, but may not address your issues adequately. Shots are more frequent, but they’re easy sessions that can are so quick that you can slot them into even the busiest schedules.
What Are Hormones and Why Do We Lose Them?
Hormones are chemicals that move through your bloodstream and send messages to different parts of your body such as your organs in tissues. They’re behind important functions like your metabolism and your ability to reproduce. When we have too many or too few of a type of hormone, we call this a “hormone imbalance”. This can affect us in several ways, including physically, mentally, and emotionally. We lose hormones largely due to aging, and occasionally due to our endocrine glands – the glands that create hormones – accidentally producing the wrong hormones.
What Are Some of the Benefits of This Treatment?
Metabolic hormones are responsible for, unsurprisingly, keeping our metabolism functioning properly. When they’re imbalanced, it can become shockingly easy to gain weight, which is why many people start to put on the pounds as they get older. The same goes for keeping on muscle, which is particularly common in men. You may also experience a loss of stamina that makes exercise more difficult. This treatment can be offered over a short or long period to restore the hormones causing these problems.
You can even undergo a weight loss program that’s specifically designed to help you lose weight. This program not only helps patients get their hormones back in balance to correct their metabolism and muscle development but often gives them important nutrients and more energy to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The results are a loss of excess weight and real, meaningful steps to keep that weight off.
Improved Mental Health
As we get older, our memories and ability to concentrate can worsen significantly. It’s commonly thought that this is because of the degenerative effect aging has on our brain, causing memory loss or “vagueness”. But this is actually often a symptom of hormonal imbalance, which can create a sort of fog in the brain. Many patients are stunned to find these symptoms they thought were unavoidable parts of aging are gone entirely after treatment. They find they have sharper memories and can better focus on work, reading, and whatever else they need to.
More Stable Emotions
Menopause and andropause, which are massive declines in our hormones that occur when we reach middle-age, can leave us feeling like we’re in emotional turmoil. It’s common to experience very sudden mood swings, going from up to down quickly, and getting upset without knowing why. This is already a frustrating thing to deal with but becomes even more so when you have to continue to work or maintain relationships throughout these emotional rollercoasters. But HRT can stabilize hormones and not only make you feel more normal and balanced, but better overall.
A loss of sex hormones in men can make it more challenging to be intimate, both because it becomes more difficult and just because interest may dwindle. While it’s normal for this to occur with age, it can be detrimental to important relationships and self-confidence. This treatment can rebalance these hormones and improve a man’s intimate life dramatically.
Types of Hormone Replacement Therapy
Hormone replacement therapy works to rebalance your body and alleviate symptoms of aging and imbalance by restoring lost hormones. It usually varies for different genders: in men, it’s often the sex hormone testosterone, while in women it might be progesterone or estrogen, or perhaps a combination.
Estrogen Pellet Therapy
Pellets are inserted under the skin to offer a regular dosage of estrogen to the female body. The treatment is painless and requires reinsertion roughly every four months.
Progesterone levels dropping can be a major factor in why you’re gaining weight as a woman. Imbalances during pregnancy can even cause complications. Regular shots can bring the levels of these hormones back up simply and effectively as they require no downtime or rest period afterward.
Testosterone Pellet Therapy
Testosterone is a critical hormone in men responsible for much of their mood, libido, and physical wellbeing. During this highly effective treatment, the hormone gets into the body via a pellet. It works silently, producing excellent and consistent results, for about four months.
Like progesterone shots, these are regular shots that can be topped up on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. They deliver testosterone via a super simple injection, allowing patients to carry on with their days immediately afterward.
What Do I Do Before My Treatment?
The first step of this process is to come in for an initial consultation with us here at Le Reve Skincare & Laser Center. This is when you can tell us all about your concerns around your hormonal imbalance. In return, we’ll go through your medical history and look at your lifestyle, as understanding you better will help us figure out what hormones may be off-balance in your body. We’ll also make sure any medication you’re on isn’t what’s affecting your body. Once we’ve established symptoms of hormonal imbalance, we’ll run some tests to figure out how best to treat you.
How Long Does It Take for Results To Take Effect?
Patients love how quick-working this treatment is. It generally takes as little as a week for symptoms to begin to ease following treatment. Commonly, optimal results appear after about three weeks. Of course, the exact time will depend on what hormonal imbalance issues are affecting you and how your body functions. Lifestyle and health play a factor in this too.
We may make changes to your treatment or dosage to ensure you’ll experience the best outcomes, and we’ll monitor your progress in the weeks following your treatment.
Hormone Replacement Therapy for Weight Loss
If a hormonal imbalance has led to you gaining weight, we can offer a solution. We’re able to provide you with a treatment alongside a weight loss program so that you aren’t just losing weight thanks to HRT, but you’re learning healthy habits and meals that will maintain great progress and inform you for looking after yourself in the future. Here are some of the things we’ll advise you on as part of your weight loss plan.
Changing Your Diet
You probably know that processed and refined foods like corn syrup and white bread aren’t great for your general health. That goes all the way down to your hormone levels. The chemicals in these foods can disrupt our normal bodily functions and meddle with the way our hormones are produced and distributed. By eating a more natural and fresh diet, you can help your body return to its normal state.
We’ll give you a rundown when we design your plan to ensure you’re getting a balanced diet that you can still enjoy. We typically recommend a hearty diet of grains, fruit and vegetable, unprocessed proteins, and legumes.
Exercising on a Regular Basis
Did you know that exercise is one of the most effective ways to keep your hormones balanced? That’s why we advise at least thirty minutes of light exercise per day to keep your body healthy. It doesn’t have to be anything daunting; if you’re not used to exercising, you won’t be expected to jump into doing rigorous triathlon training! Light walks and stretches are a great way to get your blood moving and heart rate up. They’re easy to incorporate into your daily routine and can actually become a really enjoyable part of your life.
If you’re looking for something a bit more active, weight-lifting is an excellent way to build muscle and grow your endurance. More and more doctors are recommending it to help patients keep healthy and improve their quality of life. Whatever your speed, we’ll make sure you’re doing exercise that works for you and makes you feel good.
Am I a Good Candidate for This Treatment?
Typically, patients who seek out this treatment are about forty-five and older, as that’s when the effects of aging really start to take hold of our hormones. That being said, hormone imbalances can occur in far younger bodies, so we always recommend coming in for a consultation if you’re experiencing any symptoms of this issue.
For example, while it’s known that menopause affects women at around fifty, many women feel the symptoms years beforehand. If you’re noticing the signs of menopause but you think you’re too young to experience them, don’t worry. It’s normal for the changes to take place over many years and to want to remedy them. Our female patients love that with this treatment, their bodies can feel as youthful and restored as the rest of them still feels.
Many of our patients are men around forty-five who have experienced many of the symptoms mentioned above. Often one concern of a hormone imbalance can bleed into another. A man’s decreased libido might lead to his stress levels increasing, which takes a toll on his mental health and can affect his concentration. It’s a vicious cycle but one that we’re thrilled to be able to help with. When you take care of your hormones, you really can change your whole life.
Schedule a Consultation Today
If you want to feel younger, fresher, and free in your body, you may be interested in hormone replacement therapy. This treatment can rebalance your hormones and make you feel more like yourself in as little as a week. To learn more, contact Le Reve Skincare & Laser Center in Fort Worth, TX, today.