Frank Comstock, MD, ABAARM, FACEP
Anti-Aging & Regenerative Medicine located in Tucson, AZ
Many of the changes associated with age are a direct result of declining hormone levels, such as testosterone in men, and estrogen as well as testosterone in women. If getting older has increased your waistline, decreased your libido, or left you feeling perpetually tired, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) can help. At Lifestyle Spectrum, anti-aging specialist Dr. Frank Comstock offers comprehensive HRT services, including bioidentical hormones and revolutionary hormone pellet implants, to men and women in Tucson, Arizona, as well as surrounding cities and states. To learn more, call the office or request an appointment online today.
Hormone Therapy Q & A
What is hormone replacement therapy?
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) uses a custom-prescribed supplement of deficient hormones to counteract the common negative health effects caused by age-related hormonal imbalances.
Dr. Comstock is proud to offer an advanced, customizable, and controlled mode of HRT available — the SottoPelle® implantation pellet method, as well as sublingual (under the tongue), topical, and injectable bioidentical hormone options for customized hormone optimization.
How can hormone therapy benefit women?
For women, HRT involves a personally tailored prescription for deficient hormones such as testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone designed to address menopause-related issues. HRT can help women address a variety of common symptoms and problems, including:
- Weight gain and slowed metabolism
- Hot flashes and night sweats
- Mood changes and sleep problems
- Vaginal dryness and discomfort during sex
- Dry skin and thinning hair
How can hormone therapy benefit men?
For men, HRT means optimizing testosterone levels, which declines gradually starting at about the age of 30. In addition to helping men boost their metabolism and become more energized, testosterone optimization can deliver the following benefits:
- Improved body composition
- Increased lean muscle mass
- Improved mood, focus, and energy
- Increased sex drive
- Improved erectile function
What are bioidentical hormones?
As a physician who dedicated to keeping up with the latest advancements in anti-aging medicine, Dr. Comstock is proud to offer natural plant-based bioidentical hormones.
Bioidentical hormones mimic the structure and function of your own natural hormones, so your body can’t differentiate them from the hormones it produces. In this way, bioidentical hormones can function as intended in your body.
Unlike traditional synthetic hormones, which are structurally different from your natural hormones, bioidentical hormones are safer, more effective, and far less likely to cause unwanted side effects.
What are hormone pellets?
As the most advanced form of HRT available, SottoPelle® bioidentical hormone implantation pellets provide balanced hormone levels 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for 3-6 months.
To receive hormone implants, Dr. Comstock surgically inserts tiny pellets of custom-compounded bioidentical hormones beneath your skin. Once the pellet is in place, it continuously releases just the right amount of hormones to correct your body’s imbalance.
Unlike pills, patches, creams, and other forms of hormone therapy, implantation pellets are designed to deliver consistently and keep your blood hormone levels completely stable.
How is the Sottopelle® procedure performed?
Hormone pellet implantation is a quick and pain-free in-office procedure that involves a local anesthetic and a tiny incision in the hip area. After Dr. Comstock places the pellet under the fatty lining of your skin, he closes the incision with sterile-tape strips.
Typically, patients notice significant symptom reduction within a couple of days, while other benefits of the pellets may take slightly longer to notice. You can expect your SottoPelle® implant to last up to 3-4 months in women, and 5-6 months in men.
To learn more about HRT with bioidentical hormone pellets, call Lifestyle Spectrum today or request an appointment online any time.