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Testosterone levels in men peak around age 20, then start declining. The testosterone level of a 60-year-old is typically only 10% of a 20-year-old’s testosterone levels. This drop in hormone levels, commonly referred to as “andropause,” is less pronounced than menopause in women, but can have a similar impact on men’s quality of life. Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) can correct low testosterone levels.
Austin plastic surgeon Dr. David Dellinger at Elysian Plastic Surgery is a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon. Over his two decades in practice, he’s helped countless men throughout Texas and beyond alleviate andropause symptoms with the help of bioidentical testosterone therapy treatment.
Contact us online or call our Austin office at 512-229-1978 to learn more about your options for testosterone replacement therapy.
Men suffering from low testosterone can experience multiple symptoms that negatively impact their quality of life:
Other medical conditions that can occur as a result of low testosterone include anemia and decreased bone density.
Not all men are good candidates for TRT. Men with diabetes, high blood pressure, prostate cancer or male breast cancer are not recommended for testosterone replacement.
At Elysian Plastic Surgery, Dr. Dellinger prefers the use of bioidentical testosterone pellet therapy to correct low testosterone. This process, which has been in use for several decades, involves placing small testosterone pellets in the flank or buttock fat. The procedure takes just a few minutes, with minimal discomfort and provides a constant steady level of testosterone in the body for about 5 months.
For men who want to regain and maintain any loss in testicle size, we also recommend the use of hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin). This treatment involves injecting a small amount of hCG every 3 days using an insulin syringe and a very small needle.
As your testosterone levels improve, you should notice an improvement in andropause symptoms. Most men report improved energy levels, sex drive and mental focus soon after starting TRT. Dr. Dellinger will track your hormone levels to ensure a continued correct dosage as long as you remain on testosterone replacement therapy.
Most over-the-counter products that claim to boost testosterone levels have no effect at all, or the effects are so minimal that the results are negligible. Additionally, the potential for side effects can cause more harm than good. Medically supervised bioidentical testosterone replacement therapy is the safest approach to boosting your testosterone levels.
Bioidentical testosterone replacement may help with related concerns, such as treatment for ED. If you’re also interested in other male cosmetic procedures, Dr. Dellinger and his team can create a customized treatment plan designed just for you.
Like any medical treatment, TRT does have possible side effects and risks. Dr. Dellinger will give you all the data you need to make an informed decision before you begin testosterone therapy.