At Byrd Aesthetic & Anti-Aging Center, located in Roswell, Georgia, Dr. Marcia Byrd, M.D., is a highly skilled physician who specializes in medically safe and effective techniques to revitalize and rejuvenate her patients—enhancing not only their outward aesthetic appearance, but also improving their physical and mental health, and emotional well-being.
During your initial consultation, Dr. Byrd will conduct an in-depth assessment and examination of your current symptoms and medical history, and will then order the appropriate laboratory tests necessary to evaluate your current baseline hormone levels. After analyzing the results, Dr. Byrd will create a customized hormone supplementation strategy tailored to restore your body to a state of physical health and vitality.
If you have additional questions about the bio-identical hormone replacement therapy services we offer for men, please contact Byrd Aesthetic & Anti-Aging Center today. We look forward to speaking with you, and to scheduling an initial consultation with Dr. Byrd.
Q: What is bio-identical hormone therapy?
A: Hormones are natural compounds in the body that stimulate cellular reactions and regulate the body’s systems to maintain a state of homeostatic equilibrium. Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is the science of replenishing vital hormones that have become depleted with age and are no longer being produced by the body in sufficient quantities. The goals of bio-identical HRT are to alleviate the symptoms caused by the decrease in natural hormone production, and to replenish the most important hormones in our bodies to levels that would be expected in a healthy, young adult male, before the onset of aging and chronic illnesses.
Q: How does bio-identical HRT differ from traditional HRT?
A: In order for a replacement hormone to function exactly as the original hormone, the chemical and molecular structure must precisely match the original. Unfortunately, synthetic hormones utilized in traditional HRT are produced by changing the molecular structure of the natural hormone to create a product that can be patented by a manufacturer.
This means that synthetic hormones are not exact replicas of the body’s own hormones, and these structural differences may be responsible for the side effects that are experienced when synthetic hormones are used for replacement therapy. Compounding this problem is the fact that synthetic HRT is only offered in fixed doses, which does not allow for the customization of individualized treatment plans.
Conversely, bio-identical hormones have the same chemical and molecular structure as hormones that are made by the human body. At Byrd Aesthetic & Anti-Aging Center, we only utilize bio-identical hormones in our treatments, and we customize your treatment type, strength, and dose to work with your specific chemical makeup. The precise components of your therapy are determined after your initial consultation, baseline hormone level assessment, and evaluation of your laboratory testing results. We then collaborate with compouQ:nding pharmacies to create a customized prescription created just for you, in order maximize your treatment results.
Q: At what age should I consider bio-identical testosterone or HGH supplementation?
A: Bio-identical HRT is only appropriate for patients who are experiencing symptoms of diminished testosterone and/or HGH hormone levels. In general, thirty-five is the age when male hormone levels begin to drop, and is therefore an appropriate age to have your baseline hormone levels checked. However, some men suffer from decreased testosterone and HGH levels due to factors other than age (ie. Injury, illness, medical condition), and should have their hormone levels assessed upon first experiencing problematic symptoms.
Q: Is bio-identical testosterone and HGH replacement safe?
A: When administered in their bio-identical form, within the context of a customized treatment plan created by a knowledgeable medical professional, HGH and testosterone supplementation is completely safe. There is no scientific evidence correlating bio-identical HGH or testosterone to any kind of cancer. Contrarily, bio-identical HGH and testosterone have been shown to improve the overall functioning of the immune system, and to help prevent the onset of many diseases traditionally associated with aging. Dr. Byrd prioritizes the safety and health of her patients above all else, and diligently adheres to all standardized safety protocols and treatment guidelines.
Q: How long does it take to see and feel the results of bio-identical HRT?
A: The exact time-frame varies among individuals; however, many of our male patients experience beneficial results within the first month of treatment. On average, most patients see and feel the positive results of more balanced hormone levels 3-6 months into treatment.
Q: How long do I have to continue with my treatment regimen, and what happens after I stop treatment?
A: Bio-identical HRT is not a ‘quick fix’ solution—we advise most patients to commit to a minimum of a one-year program in order to maximize their results. Once Dr. Byrd creates and implements an effective bio-identical hormone replacement protocol, many of her patients elect to continue their treatment regimen on a permanent basis because they are so pleased with the energizing and rejuvenating results. If you stop your treatment at any point, you will not suddenly begin to age at an accelerated pace—your body will simply resume aging at a normal pace, and the benefits of your bio-identical HRT will gradually fade with time.
Q: My doctor said my testosterone levels were in the normal range—why do I have many of the problematic symptoms of low testosterone?
A: Some doctors will only measure “total testosterone” levels, which do not take into account sex-hormone binding globulin (SHBG) levels. SHBG is a transporter protein that binds to testosterone and decreases its bioavailability (freedom to act on cells in your body), thereby inactivating it. Aging, smoking, alcohol consumption, insulin, and some medications can all elevate SHBG levels. Although it is not technically an incorrect means of measurement, “total testosterone” levels alone do not provide a truly accurate depiction of how much testosterone is free to bind to cellular receptors and function in the body. Consequently, the “total testosterone” normal-low reference ranges can be misleading, and can cause patients suffering from Testosterone Deficiency Syndrome (TDS) to remain undiagnosed.
Q: What are the benefits to bio-identical testosterone replacement?
A: Bio-identical testosterone replacement therapy for men has been shown to ameliorate the symptoms of low-testosterone levels, including: diminished libido and sense of vitality, erectile dysfunction, reduced muscle mass and bone density, depression, and anemia. It has also been shown to have a positive impact on patients’ mental and emotional health, and can enhance confidence, energy, mood, and male libido.
Q: What are the benefits to bio-identical human growth hormone (HGH) replacement?
A: According to an article in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, results from a ten-year clinical study demonstrated that patients treated with HGH replacement therapy experienced a number of health and wellness benefits that the control group patients (who did not receive HGH supplementation) did not:
- Diminished plaque in arteries
- Improvement in cholesterol levels
- Increased muscle mass
- Decreased visceral body fat percentage
- Fewer Strokes
- Enhanced sense of well-being
- Higher bone mass with greater mineral density
Dr. Marcia Byrd and her team of experts care for patients throughout the United States and Canada. Locally, Dr. Byrd services the North Atlanta, GA area including Roswell GA, Alpharetta GA, Milton GA, Woodstock GA, Canton GA, Dunwoody GA, Sandy Springs, GA and more. If you would like more information about anti-aging call (770) 587-1711 and schedule a consultation. Be the best you can be and live a full life – there is no reason to wait!