BioTE & Hormone Replacement Therapy

Hormone pellet therapy is a treatment method used to deliver bioidentical hormones into the body. Hormone pellets are used to restore ideal hormone levels in persons who are looking to get relief from the symptoms of menopause and andropause (male menopause). These symptoms include hot flashes, fatigue, brain fog, low libido and many more.


Hormonal imbalance can take place at any age and affect both men and women. The symptoms that come with it can even disrupt daily activity. Hormone Replacement Therapy is a state of the art form of 21st century medical technology that can help you optimize your health and reduce your risk of a wide variety of different medical conditions, from obesity to osteoporosis.


Female Pellets: $350

Male Pellets: $750








POST INSERTION INSTRUCTIONS FOR WOMEN

• Your insertion site has been covered with two layers of bandages. Remove the outer pressure bandage any time after 3 days. It must be removed as soon as it gets wet. The inner layer (usually a steri -strip) should be removed in 3 days.

• Do not take tub baths or get into a hot tub or swimming pool for 1 week. You may shower tomorrow, however.

• No heavy lifting or major exercises for the incision area for 1 week, which includes running, elliptical, squats, lunges, etc.

• The sodium bicarbonate in the anesthetic may cause the site to swell for 1-3 days.

• The insertion site may be uncomfortable for up to 2 to 3 weeks. If there is itching or redness you may take Benadryl for relief (25 to 50 mg orally every 6 hours). Caution: this can cause drowsiness!

• You may experience bruising, swelling, and/or redness of the insertion site which may last from a few days up to 2 to 3 weeks.

• You may notice some pinkish or bloody discoloration of the outer bandage. This is normal.

• Please call if you have any pus coming out of the insertion site, as this is NOT normal.

REMINDERS:

• Remember to have your post-insertion blood work done 6 weeks after your FIRST insertion. If you are not feeling any better by 4 weeks, however, please call the office to have your labs drawn early.

• Most women will need re-insertion of their pellets 3-4 months after their initial insertion. If you experience symptoms prior to this, please call the office.

• Please call as soon as symptoms that were relieved from the pellets start to return to make an appointment for your next insertion.

WHAT MIGHT OCCUR AFTER A PELLET INSERTION (FEMALE)

A significant hormonal transition will occur in the first four weeks after the insertion of your hormone pellets. Therefore, certain changes might develop that can be bothersome.

• INFECTION: Is possible with any type of procedure. Infection is uncommon with pellet insertion and occurs in <0.5 to 1%. If redness appears and seems to worsen (rather than improve), is associated with severe heat and/or pus, please contact the office. Warm compresses are helpful, but a prescription antibiotic may also be needed.

• PELLET EXTRUSION: Pellet extrusion is uncommon and occurs in < 5% of procedures. If the wound becomes sore again after it has healed, begins to ooze or bleed or has a blister-type appearance, please contact the office. Warm compresses may help soothe discomfort.

• ITCHING or REDNESS: Itching or redness in the area of the incision and pellet placement is common. If you have a reaction to the tape, please apply hydrocortisone 2-3 times per day to the rash. If redness becomes firm or starts to spread after the first few days, you will need to contact the office

• FLUID RETENTION/WEIGHT GAIN: Testosterone stimulates he muscle to grow and retain water which may result in a weight change of two to five pounds. This is only temporary. This happens frequently with the first insertion, and especially during hot, humid weather conditions.

• SWELLING of the HANDS & FEET: This is common in hot and humid weather. It may be treated by drinking lots of water, reducing your salt intake, or by taking a mild diuretic, which the office can prescribe.

UTERINE SPOTTING/BLEEDING/IRREGULAR PERIODS: This may occur in the first few months after an insertion, especially if you have been prescribed progesterone and are not taking properly: i.e. missing doses, or not taking a high enough dose. Please notify the office if this occurs. Bleeding is not necessarily an indication of a significant uterine problem. More than likely, the uterus may be releasing tissue that needs to be eliminated. This tissue may have already been present in your uterus prior to getting pellets and is being released in response to the increase in hormones.

MOOD SWINGS/IRRITABILITY: These may occur if you were quite deficient in hormones. These symptoms usually improve as hormone levels improve. 5HTP can be helpful for this temporary symptom and can be purchased at many health food stores.

• HAIR LOSS: Is rarely due to pellets but can occur in some patients who convert testosterone to DHT. Dosage adjustment generally reduces or eliminates the problem. Prescription medications may be necessary in rare cases. Workup for other causes may also be needed.

• FACIAL BREAKOUT: Some pimples may arise if the testosterone levels are either too low or rise rapidly. This lasts a short period of time and can be handled with a good face cleansing routine, astringents and toner. If these solutions do not help, please call the office for suggestions and possibly prescriptions.

• HAIR GROWTH: Testosterone may stimulate some growth of hair on your chin, chest, nipples and/or lower abdomen. This tends to be hereditary. Fine, vellous hairs or “peach fuzz” often occurs but is not thick nor coarse. You may also have to shave your legs and arms more often. Dosage adjustment generally reduces or eliminates the problem.

• BREAST TENDERNESS or SWELLING: This usually occurs most commonly in the first round of pellets but does not usually continue thereafter. DIM 1 capsule daily is helpful in preventing this, but the dose may be increased to 2-3 daily, if needed. Evening primrose oil is helpful as is Iodine Plus if this occurs.

• ELEVATED RED CELL COUNT: (most common in men): Testosterone may stimulate growth in the bone marrow of the red blood cells. This condition is called erythrocytosis. Erythrocytosis may also occur in some patients independent of any treatments or medications. If your blood count goes too high, you may be asked to see a blood specialist called a hematologist to make sure there is nothing worrisome found. If there is no cause, the testosterone dose may have to be decreased.

• HIGH or LOW HORMONES LEVELS: The majority of the time, we administer the hormone dosage that is best for each patient, however, every patient breaks down and uses hormones differently. Most patients will have the correct dosage the first insertion, but some patients may require dosage changes and blood testing. If your blood levels are low, results are not optimal and it is not too far from the original insertion, we may suggest you return so we can administer additional pellets or a “boost” (at no charge). This would require blood work to confirm. On the other hand, if your levels are high, we can treat the symptoms (if you are having any) by supplements and/or prescription medications. The dosage will be adjusted at your next insertion.




POST-INSERTION INSTRUCTIONS - MALE

• Your insertion site has been covered with two layers of bandages. The inner layer is a steri-strip, and the outer layer is a waterproof dressing.

• We recommend putting an ice pack on the area where the pellets are located a couple of times for about 20 minutes each time over the next 4 to 5 hours. You can continue this for swelling, if needed. Be sure to place something between the ice pack and your bandages/skin. Do not place ice packs directly on bare skin.

• No tub baths, hot tubs, or swimming pools for 7 days. You may shower, but do not remove the bandage or steri-strips for 7 days.

• No major exercises for the incision area. No heavy lifting using the legs for 7 days. This includes running, elliptical, squats, lunges, etc. You can do moderate upper body work and normal walking on a flat surface.


REMINDERS:

• The sodium bicarbonate in the anesthetic may cause the site to swell for 1-3 days.

• The insertion site may be uncomfortable for up to 2 to 3 weeks. If there is itching or redness you may take Benadryl for relief (50 mg orally every 6 hours). Caution: this can cause drowsiness!

• You may experience bruising, swelling, and/or redness of the insertion site which may last from a few days up to 2 to 3 weeks. If the redness worsens after the first 2-3 days, please contact the office.

• You may notice some pinkish or bloody discoloration of the outer bandage. This is normal.

• If you experience bleeding from the incision, apply firm pressure for 5 minutes. Please call if you have any bleeding (not oozing) not relieved with pressure, as this is NOT normal.

• Please call if you have any pus coming out of the insertion site, as this is NOT normal.


WHAT MIGHT OCCUR AFTER A PELLET INSERTION (MALE)

A significant hormonal transition will occur in the first four weeks after the insertion of your hormone pellets. Therefore, certain changes might develop that can be bothersome.

• INFECTION:

Infection is a possibility with any type of procedure. Infection is uncommon with pellet insertion and occurs in <0.5 to 1%. If redness appears and seems to worsen (rather than improve), is associated with severe heat and/or pus, please contact the office.Warm compresses are helpful, but a prescription antibiotic may also be needed.

• PELLET EXTRUSION:

Pellet extrusion is uncommon and occurs in < 5% of procedures. If the wound becomes sore again after it has healed, begins to ooze or bleed or has a blister-type appearance, please contact the office. Warm compresses may help soothe discomfort.

• ITCHING OR REDNESS:

Itching or redness in the area of the incision and pellet placement is common. Some patients may also have a reaction to the tape or glue. If this occurs, apply hydrocortisone to the area 2-3 times daily. If the redness becomes firm or starts to spread, please contact the office.

• FLUID RETENTION/WEIGHT GAIN:

Testosterone stimulates the muscle to grow and retain water which may result in a weight change of two to five pounds. This is only temporary. This happens frequently with the first insertion, and especially during hot, humid weather conditions.

• SWELLING OF THE HANDS & FEET:

This is common in hot and humid weather. It may be treated by drinking lots of water, reducing your salt intake, or by taking a mild diuretic, which the office can prescribe.

• BREAST TENDERNESS OR NIPPLE SENSITIVITY:

These may develop with the first pellet insertion. The increase in estrogen sends more blood to the breast tissue. Increased blood supply is a good thing, as it nourishes the tissue. Taking 2 capsules of DIM daily helps to prevent abnormal hormone formation. In males, this may indicate that you are a person who is an aromatizer (changes testosterone into estrogen). This is usually prevented if DIM is taken regularly but can be easily treated and will be addressed further when your labs are done, if needed.

• MOOD SWINGS/IRRITABILITY:

These may occur if you were quite deficient in hormones. These symptoms usually improve when enough hormones are in your system. 5HTP can be helpful for this temporary symptom and can be purchased at many health food stores.

• FACIAL/BODY BREAKOUT:

Acne may occur when testosterone levels are either very low or high. This lasts a short period of time and can be handled with a good face cleansing routine, astringents and toner. If these solutions do not help, please call the office for suggestions and possibly prescriptions.

• AROMATIZATION:

Some men will form higher-than-expected levels of estrogen from the testosterone. Using DIM 2 capsules daily as directed will usually prevent this. Symptoms such as nipple tenderness or feeling emotional may be observed. These will usually resolve by taking DIM, but a prescription may be needed.

• ELEVATED RED BLOOD CELL COUNT: Testosterone may stimulate growth in the bone marrow of the red blood cells. This condition may also occur in some patients independent of any treatments or medications. If your blood count goes too high, you may be asked to see a blood specialist called a hematologist to make sure there is nothing worrisome found. If there is no cause, the testosterone dose may have to be decreased. Routine blood donation may be helpful in preventing this.

• ELEVATED OR LOW HORMONE LEVELS:

The majority of times, we administer the hormone dosage that is best for each patient, however, every patient breaks down and uses hormones differently. Most patients will have the correct dosage the first insertion, but some patients may require dosage changes and blood testing. If your blood levels are low, results are not optimal and it is not too far from the original insertion, we may suggest you return so we can administer additional pellets or a “boost” (at no charge). This would require blood work to confirm. On the other hand, if your levels are high, we can treat the symptoms (if you are having any) by supplements and/or prescription medications. The dosage will be adjusted at your next insertion.

• TESTICULAR SHRINKAGE:

Testicular shrinkage is expected with any type of testosterone treatment.

• HAIR LOSS OR ANXIETY:

Is rare and usually occurs in patients who convert testosterone to DHT. Dosage adjustment generally reduces or eliminates the problem. Prescription medications may be necessary in rare cases. 5HTP may be helpful for anxiety and is available over-the counter.

• LOW SPERM COUNT:

Any testosterone replacement will cause significant decrease in sperm count during use. Pellet therapy may affect sperm count up to one year. If you are planning to start or expand your family, please talk to your provider about other options.

Aesthetic Procedures

Consultation

Jeuveau

Aesthetician Services

B12/LipoBC

Kybella

Products

Dermal Filler

BioTE & Hormone Replacement Therapy

PRF Face/Tear Troughs

Botox

SecretRF Microneedling

IV Therapy

PRF Hair Restoration