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How Hormone Replacement Therapy Can Help You Beat Depression

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How Hormone Replacement Therapy Can Help You Beat Depression

Depression is a very serious situation that may dramatically affect your life and well-being—and that requires medical attention because it doesn’t just go away on its own.

There may be many causes for depression, such as personal events that may have a serious impact on your emotional balance. Still, depression may also be tied to changes in hormone production or functioning—such as aging in men and women, or menopause and childbirth in women.Happy Couple after HRT treatment

So the question becomes: is it true that hormone replacement therapy helps to treat depression? In a nutshell, yes. While there are no miracle cures for depression, the truth is that if you’re experiencing symptoms of depression that are connected to hormonal imbalances, HRT for depression is a helpful therapy.
Let’s review how hormonal imbalances affect men and women and how that may play into clinically depressive symptoms—and how Hormone Replacement Therapy can help.

Testosterone Replacement Therapy and Depression

In men, lower testosterone levels that start manifesting with aging affect brain functions and emotional balance. In our Virginia Beach hormone health clinic, we are frequently visited by male patients who describe depressive-like symptoms as part of the aging-related reasons that make them visit Fountain of You MD. While we see Testosterone Replacement Therapy in the context of the comprehensive benefits that this treatment can offer to aging men, there is definitely a compelling case to use Hormone Replacement Therapy for depression in men.

At our Virginia Beach clinic, we treat men with low testosterone with high quality, time-released intramuscular injections of bioidentical hormones on a weekly or biweekly basis. Our patients typically feel very significant improvements after two months of continuous therapy. Improved brain functions, a sharper mind, better memory, and significantly improved mood are commonly observed benefits that will significantly reduce symptoms of depression in men.

Hormone Replacement Therapy for Women and Depression

In women, aging also affects brain functions and changes in mood. Age-related hormonal imbalances may cause peri- and postmenopausal depression. Sleep is affected by menopause and the typical hot flashes, which may cause insomnia and help to contribute to depressive symptoms. Low libido caused by aging and how it may affect relationships is also a problem that may pose self-esteem issues and affect your personal balance.

That’s where Hormone Replacement Therapy for Women comes in. Women who seek medical help at our clinic in the Hampton Roads area will undergo hormonal treatment using natural bioidentical progesterone designed to replenish hormone levels. This treatment will rebalance the progesterone levels that ovaries and adrenal glands are no longer producing as they once were.

While HRT for women presents several advantages that go beyond treating depression, at Fountain of You MD we clearly see the benefit of using hormone therapy to treat depression symptoms. The significant number of successful cases that we have treated and observed confirm that this is a therapy that can significantly help men and women to feel better and overcome symptoms of clinical depression.

Call now to schedule an appointment to see how being treated for hormone health can help depression.

What You Need to Know About Botox Injections for Facial Wrinkles Smoothing

Before and After Botox result on foreheadFacial wrinkles are one of the most apparent signs of aging that make men and women worry rush into clinics such as Fountain of You MD in the Hampton Roads area. In fact, you may suddenly start noticing wrinkles on your face even if you are still young—some people will start struggling with facial wrinkles even in their mid-twenties when aging would not typically be a concern. This is when the ‘Botox for Facial Wrinkles’ search term will eventually find its way into the top search engine results on your cell phone.

So let’s start by understanding the different types of wrinkles you may be presented with and how Botox can help you with these. You see, wrinkles are not born equal. Some are called dynamic wrinkles and appear due to normal muscle movement—typically, when you smile or laugh. Other wrinkles are known as static wrinkles, such as frown lines between the eyes, also known as ‘bunny lines’, horizontal forehead creases, and fine lines around the eyes, known as crow’s feet. These are a result of a natural loss of elasticity and collagen in your skin. Exposure to the sun or even certain habits, like smoking or not getting enough sleep, may also cause wrinkles. In a nutshell, these appear whenever your skin loses volume, which is a very common effect of aging.

Having said that, how can Botox injections for facial wrinkles help? 

Let’s first clarify that Botox is actually a brand name (just like Dysport), so the actual substance that is used for this treatment is a purified protein produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. When small concentrations are injected into your skin, they prevent signals from the nerve cells from reaching the muscles, making wrinkles less visible—or not visible at all.

This is basically the science behind the way neurotoxins like Botox can help to minimize and smoothen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles of the face and neck. If administered by an experienced licensed professional with extreme precision on the spots where wrinkles are an issue, Botox injections will weaken and paralyze facial muscles, preventing the muscle movement that causes facial wrinkles. If properly administered, while Botox injections will produce that effect on treated muscles, they will still allow untreated muscles to function normally—in other words, your normal facial expressions will not be compromised.

Before and After Botox result on lipsThis makes it extremely important to highlight that your Botox treatment for facial wrinkles must be planned and executed by a licensed professional such as Fountain of You MD’s Medical Director Dr. Arbuckle or our nurse injector, Kirstie Robinson, RN. After all, only a highly experienced professional will know if you should use Botox against facial wrinkles—and help you with the actual precisely administered treatment. 

Botox injections are mostly painless, and this perfectly safe non-surgical procedure doesn’t take more than 10 minutes to complete. It won’t force you to change your day’s routine, and it typically carries no side effects or discomfort that you should worry about.

The other aspect that makes Botox injections for facial wrinkles so popular and widely recommended by clinics such as Fountain of You MD is that results from neurotoxin injections are usually noticeable within 3-10 days. They generally last about 3-4 months, offering an almost immediate and significantly lasting rejuvenating effect that can be repeated as required and recommended.

In addition to that, we also use Botox injections at our clinic in the Hampton Roads area to treat conditions such as hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating under the arms, in the soles of the feet, and in the palms of the hands), relief from chronic headaches and migraines, muscle spasms of the neck and shoulder, overactive bladder, prostate issues, some bowel disorders, teeth grinding, TMJ and muscle stiffness, among other conditions.

Call now to schedule an appointment to get the rejuvenated facial appearance.

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