Aging and menopausal symptoms can have an adverse impact on a woman’s well-being and physical appearance. While the physical appearance can be enhanced effectively with cosmetic surgery procedures, it is also important to address the common symptoms of menopause.
Dr. Neal Handel is an experienced plastic surgeon providing the latest aesthetic as well as health treatments such as Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). For nearly four decades, Dr. Handel and his team have been addressing a variety of needs of patients. Dr. Handel receives patients from Beverly Hills, CA, and surrounding communities.
What is HRT?
HRT, also known as hormone therapy, estrogen replacement therapy or menopausal hormone therapy, is a treatment involving the replacement of female hormones such as estrogen and progesterone to provide relief from the typical symptoms of menopause. The therapy may be prescribed during or after menopause, depending on a patient’s condition.
Following menopause, most women experience a decline in the hormone levels. This can lead to uncomfortable symptoms such as hot flashes, irregular sleep, and vaginal dryness, or even debilitating conditions like osteoporosis. HRT is designed to replace the hormones that the body is no longer producing in the required volume. HRT has been recognized as a time tested solution to address common menopausal symptoms.
Hormone therapy may include either estrogen replacement or a combination of estrogen and progesterone treatment. Estrogen therapy is considered to be the most effective medical treatment for the menopause symptoms, and has been widely accepted around the world for the last many years. Numerous research studies have indicated that estrogen therapy continues to be safe and effective for many women when it is used for up to five years.
If the woman suffers from a more severe condition such as osteoporosis, which may be occurred as fallout of menopause, the treatment expert may recommend a combination of hormonal as well as non-hormonal medications. In many cases, estrogen therapy is combined with progesterone to minimize the risks and produce more effective results.
Patients should be careful about using hormone therapy for more than five years because of the potential risks involved. Dr. Handel will recommend a safe and effective hormonal treatment program, which is customized to meet the unique needs of a patient. In addition to cosmetic surgery and other aesthetic procedures, Dr. Handel also provides health procedures such as hormone therapy to patients in Santa Barbara, CA, and nearby areas.
Need for Estrogen and Progesterone
Female body has a natural need for hormones such as estrogen and progesterone. When a woman is of child bearing age, the estrogen plays a role in the development of uterus, which is ready to receive a fertilized egg. Estrogen also controls the body’s use of calcium, and raises the levels of good cholesterol in the blood.
Progesterone in the body combined with estrogen to protect the uterus against degeneration and dreaded diseases such as cancer. Progesterone lowers the risk of uterine cancer by thinning the lining of the uterus. The physician will recommend an appropriate hormone therapy in accordance with the specific health needs of a woman.