Microdermabrasion, vibraderm, chemical peel, and laser skin resurfacing improve skin texture, the appearance of fine lines, hyperpigmentation, freckling, dry spots, and pore size. Some skin resurfacing procedures offer supplementary benefits such as reducing the appearance of broken capillaries and improving collagen production.
FACIAL FILLERS AND INJECTABLES
Facial fillers are available such as Restylane, Sculptra, Voulumna, collagen and fat transfers. Radiesse and Laviv injections work to fill in furrows, wrinkles, and folds in many of the lower facial areas. Some of these fillers increase volume in hollowed or sunken facial areas. Botox and Dysport release the contraction of the muscle in order to reduce muscle-causing wrinkles in the upper facial area. Some facial injectables and fillers may provide additional anti-aging benefits as well.
PLASTIC SURGERY PROCEDURES
Mini and micro procedures such as a feather or thread lift or other facelift variations may improve the appearance of a specific facial feature for five or more years. A facelift can dramatically improve the appearance of certain facial areas for ten to 15 years. The brow lift can reduce severe wrinkles in the forehead and brow area. Blepharoplasty can remarkably improve excess fat above the eyes and certain wrinkles in the eye area. Facial implants, including cheek, chin, or jaw implants, can improve the appearance of reduced bone structure in an aging face. The neck lift is another facial-rejuvenation procedure, giving your neck a more youthful appearance.
Cosmetic dentistry encompasses any dental procedure that improves the overall aesthetics (look) of your smile. A smile improvement is often known as a "smile makeover", and due to its celebrity roots a "Hollywood smile" or even a "Wedding smile".
Kate Middleton was reported to have had work on her smile before the royal wedding and she had a perfectly aligned white smile on that day. A beautiful smile can have numerous effects on an individual’s self-confidence, self-esteem and personal relationships.
There has been an increase in media attention on the smile, with hit TV shows such as Extreme Makeover, and Embarrassing Bodies which has fueled a public awareness about cosmetic dentistry and its accessibility.
Cosmetic dentistry is no longer something that is only available to celebrities and royals, you too can have the smile of your dreams.
The most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures Teeth whitening is the most popular cosmetic treatment, but other treatment options include porcelain dental veneers, dental crowns, composite white fillings, cerec restorations, gum contouring and the replacement of missing teeth with dental bridges, implants and cosmetic dentures.
BIOIDENTICAL HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY
Are you losing your edge in the Boardroom or Bedroom Just because you are over 40, it doesn’t mean you can’t feel like you are 20 again. If you tire more easily; can’t lose weight; exercise but your muscles still feel flabby; lost your motivation; your mood is not like it was when you were young; or you have lost your passion in the bedroom, you may have low or suboptimal testosterone levels.
What’s really happening? We have a built-in biological clock, but today’s toxic environment full of plastics, pollutants and pesticides, coupled with poor nutrition are speeding it up. Even men in their 30s can start feeling “old,” and hormone depletion is often the root of the problem. For example, during the past few decades, average levels of testosterone, the hormone responsible for your “maleness,” have been declining at a substantially faster rate than aging alone can explain. Testosterone is abundant in young healthy men, and when levels drop below this youthful healthy range, it can result in fatigue, weight gain, inability to gain or keep lean muscle, poor libido and sexual satisfaction, loss of endurance, stamina or motivation and/or poor mood or depression. Because the testosterone levels decline over years, the symptoms are often dismissed as part of aging or due to lack of exercise, poor nutrition or excess weight, missing the underlying common denominator.
Alarming testosterone trends In the largest study of its kind, researchers in Massachusetts measured testosterone levels in 1532 men ages 45-79, between 1987 and 2004. Their findings, published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, showed that at any given age, average testosterone levels are significantly lower than they were 10 years ago and even lower than 20 years ago. Thus, even if your doctors says that your testosterone level is “normal for your age,” it may still be the cause of your loss of sense-of-well-being and quality of life.
Symptoms of low testosterone can include:
Less sex drive
Being less assertive
Gaining weight for no obvious reason
Losing muscle or definition
Having difficulty building muscle in spite of consistent workouts
Feeling mildly depressed
Enjoying life less
Not performing as well at work or in sports
Insulin resistance or diabetes
Benefits of optimum levels Studies show that optimum levels of testosterone can not only restore energy, drive and sexual health, but also extend life. In one study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, men with low testosterone levels were 88 percent more likely to die. In other studies, those with higher levels of the hormone were 60 percent less likely to get heart disease, and had better memory and overall mental function. Even sub-optimal testosterone levels that are still in the so-called “normal range” can be deadly.
Is testosterone replacement the answer? Why not regain that zest, drive, initiative and self-esteem that you had when you were younger? Not all types of testosterone are the same or created equal. For instance, testosterone cream will mostly convert to estrogen in men who are overweight or have insulin resistance or diabetes, which can reduce its effectiveness and actually make matters worse. You need to find a doctor who understands this and will work with you to figure out which preparation and delivery system that works best for you. If you are on testosterone and your estradiol level is above 30 ng/ml you are not getting optimal benefits and may be doing harm. The high estrogen can elevate sugar levels, increase the risk of heart disease, stroke and heart attack, and cause gynecomastia (man-boobs), weight gain, prostate problems and sleep apnea.
The bigger hormone picture While testosterone gets a lot of attention in popular media, it is only one part of a bigger picture. Optimization and supplementation with other hormones and nutritional supplements can be extremely beneficial. For instance, thyroid hormone is often low-normal, causing some similar symptoms, especially fatigue and weight gain. Pregnenolone, DHEA, cortisol, progesterone and growth hormone are other key hormones that affect well-being. For a man to be in top shape, these may all need to be balanced, as well.
Why didn’t my doctor tell me? Studies show that most doctors, endocrinologists and urologists are not aware of the most recent research on hormone optimization and are still practicing the way they were taught in medical school. Studies show that it will take most doctors and specialists, on average, 17 years to adapt these cutting-edge therapies into their practices even though they are highly supported in the most recent medical literature. Our doctors combine the best of conventional endocrinology and evidence-based integrative medicine to achieve unprecedented results and long-term optimal health.
Are hormones driving you crazy? Are you debilitated at a certain time of the month? Do you eat less and less but keep gaining weight? Does it seem like menopause is arriving ahead of schedule? These are all signs of hormonal imbalance, a growing problem that most doctors are not equipped to solve. Birth control pills are one common trigger, even if it’s been years since you’ve taken them. Environmental pollutants are others, from chemicals in skin care products and plastics to fire retardants in furniture and pesticides in food. And a poor diet intensifies all these effects. Without such triggers, the natural hormonal changes during a woman’s life aren’t likely to cause severe symptoms. But today, it’s virtually impossible to avoid disrupting toxins.
The problem isn’t in your head “It’s stress.” “You must be depressed.” “You’re getting older.” When women seek help, that’s what doctors typically say, as they scribble a prescription for anti-depressants. The drugs mask how a woman really feels. Yet the very real, physical causes of the problem are ignored. Hormonal imbalances ― no matter what triggered them ― can be corrected with the right type of treatment: bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, or BHRT, available by prescription.
What are bioidentical hormones? The word “bioidentical” means that a substance is biologically identical to one made by your body. For example, the molecules that make up bioidentical progesterone are shaped exactly like your own progesterone. In contrast, the progesterone in birth control pills is similar to, but not exactly like your own hormone.
Consider the different effects: Your own progesterone is essential to conceive a child, while the progesterone in birth control pills ― let’s call it “synthetic” ― prevents pregnancy. Not surprisingly, the synthetic progesterone disrupts the way your own hormones function.
Bioidentical progesterone is exactly the same as your own progesterone and can actually relieve side effects of birth control pills ― without reducing their effectiveness in preventing pregnancy.
Estrogen can also be a synthetic form that increases health risks. Some prescriptions, for example, are made from the urine of pregnant mares. However, bioidentical estrogen is exactly the same as your own estrogen. It relieves symptoms and reduces health risks.
Symptoms relieved by BHRT Used correctly, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy restores balance and relieves symptoms such as these:
Loss of sex drive
Vaginal dryness and painful intercourse
Lack of energy
Women using BHRT also experience fewer wrinkles and other visible signs of aging skin. Studies show that women who use BHRT look younger than their age, and women who do not use BHRT after menopause look older than their age.
Is hormone replacement dangerous? That depends on the type of hormones. Synthetic hormones increase risks, while bioidentical ones decreases risks. A large study, the Women’s Health Initiative, found that synthetic estrogen and progesterone increased risk of breast cancer, heart attack, blood clots, and stroke. However, other research shows that a combination of bioidentical estrogen and progesterone does not increase risk and one bioidentical type of estrogen, estriol, protects against breast cancer.
Health Risks reduced by BHRT We can’t see most health risks until something happens. For example, a bone breaks from a minor injury but long before that, osteoporosis was silently developing. These are some key risks that BHRT reduces:
50% less risk of stroke and heart attack
50% less risk of broken bones from osteoporosis
80% less risk of Alzheimer’s
40% less risk of osteoarthritis
40% less risk of periodontal disease and tooth loss
30% less risk of colon cancer
What hormones do I need? Although estrogen and progesterone are commonly viewed as the key female hormones, there are others that directly affect a woman’s health and well being. These include testosterone, DHEA (a precursor to other hormones), and growth hormone. And, thyroid hormone disorders are very common. Each woman’s situation is unique. Individual needs must be determined by testing, considering symptoms, and prescribing to achieve balance.
Why hasn’t my doctor helped me? Most doctors are trained to treat diseases, not to relieve non-optimum health situations. Sadly, that’s how our health care system is designed. Hormonal imbalances are not diseases and defy conventional diagnoses ― even if they ruin women’s lives.
And, there’s a financial reason why most physicians are unaware of the value of bioidentical hormones. Synthetic hormones are patented drugs that are highly profitable. Like other drugs, they are aggressively marketed to doctors.
In contrast, bioidentical hormones cannot be patented because they occur naturally in the human body. So, drug companies cannot make huge profits on bioidentical prescriptions and, as a result, do not market them to doctors.
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