Feb 28, 2019 09:34AM
By Kathie Gonzales
Part of being a woman is learning to embrace our differences and deserving healthcare that treats us as individuals. Integrative practices can provide such treatment options.
Platelet Rich Plasma Facial
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is the healing factor derived from one’s own blood and has been used for many years to help heal musculoskeletal injuries. Now, women are using this regenerative therapy for skin correction and to reduce the signs of aging. PRP combined with microneedling reduces the appearance of scarring, fine lines and wrinkles by stimulating collagen. In general, most people require three to six treatments, four to six weeks apart, with the anti-aging effects lasting for months due to the treatment’s stimulation of new cell growth. The side effects are normally mild swelling and peeling of the area treated. After the procedure it’s important to avoid sun exposure.
A noninvasive, pain-free, radiation-free scan of the breasts or entire body using infrared thermal imaging, scans are read and interpreted with a 90 percent accuracy rate by a certified physician. Thermography is FDA approved but not covered by health insurance. Thermal imaging is an ideal way of detecting abnormalities or disease before progression to a cancer state. This testing method is ideal for teens and women with dense breast tissue or implants or for those who are breastfeeding or have had prior breast procedures. For those with chronic disease, it’s a good adjunct to identify areas of inflammation.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
Hormone balance is of critical importance in how we feel, affecting our mood, sleep, energy and sex drive. Natural hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is individualized treatment that can alleviate many, if not all, symptoms and can improve cardiovascular health and decrease joint pain. HRT comes in multiple forms: topical creams and patches; oral troches; injectables and pellets. Pellet therapy has been successfully used in the U.S. and Europe since 1938. It requires a small incision in the upper buttocks or lower abdomen where the small pellet cylinder is placed under the skin in the subcutaneous tissue. Pellets provide for stable hormone levels, not dependent on remembering when to take or proper application. The hormone levels typically last three to six months. The side effects are pain, swelling or infection of the site.
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