The Irvine Institute of Medicine & Cosmetic Surgery

MEN'S HEALTH

These are exciting times in men’s health as modern medicine has identified numerous health risk factors men can control to live healthier and happier lives. Many of our male patients started out as aesthetic patients because cosmetic surgery does not end the need for medical evaluation and treatment. In fact, obesity, heart disease, prostate disease, and hair loss has mutual physiologic events.

We specialize in men’s hormonal health and how to empower patients to make better cosmetic and lifestyle choices. An essential element in preventing diseases is to have regular checkups and screenings. As part of our wellness plan, we place an importance upon wellness and prevention. Because our foundations are based an executive wellness exams, we individualize the healthcare we provide to each patient in our office. Integrating anti-aging medical practices with current advances in healthcare and science makes our practice stand out above other private medical and cosmetic surgical offices.

Over the last decade men’s health has received less attention by the media, and at the same time medical research and scientific funding has decreased in the area of men’s health care. To refocus the attention on men’s health, the International Society for the Study of the Aging Male (ISSAM) has emerged as the leader in advancing men’s health. ISSAM is a worldwide health organization that promotes and educates physicians and the patient about the concept of the male aging process in the field of men’s health.

As men get older they face age and disease related symptoms that were not treated or recognized in the previous generation. This is particularly the case around the age of 40 to 50 years. Such common complaints like weakness of muscles, joint and bone complaints, hair loss, impaired memory, lack of concentration, lack of energy, erectile dysfunction, sleep disturbance, increasing body weight/abdominal fat, or increasing blood pressure may be a concern. These symptoms are gender specific and similar to women who have their own unique medical problems referred to as the “menopausal symptom.” These symptoms are related to changes in hormones and their affect upon the body.

At our office, we carefully integrate scientific findings and clinical research into our health and cosmetic wellness programs. Our specialty is diagnosing and treating Male testosterone deficiency syndrome.

MEN’S HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY

Testosterone Deficiency Or “Andropause”

Testosterone is used in men who do not make enough of this natural substance in the Leydig cells of the testes. In males, testosterone is responsible for many normal functions, including growth and development of the genitals, muscles, and bones. Testosterone belongs to a class of drugs known as androgens. It works by affecting many body systems so that the body can develop and function normally.

Testosterone may also be used in certain adolescent boys to cause puberty in those with delayed puberty. It may be used in certain women to treat advanced breast cancer. This drug is used for medical conditions diagnosed and treated by a health care professional. This drug may also be used to treat muscle atrophy due to HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) infection or cancer.
Like woman, men experience a type of “menopause‘” or life change between the ages of 45 and 60, and in certain men as early as age 30. Unlike women, men can continue to father children, but the production of the male sex hormone (testosterone) diminishes gradually after age 40. In men, the loss of gonadal or testicular function is slow and progressive, and considered part of the normal aging process.

This process, leading to hypogonadism or testosterone deficiency has also been called the male climacteric or Andropause. The syndrome is more appropriately referred to as Androgen Decline in the Aging Male (ADAM). The terms Andropause or testosterone deficiency conveys the concept of endocrine and physical changes that is associated with hormonal changes in the male gender.

Testosterone deficiency is a syndrome characterized primarily by:

  • Increase in cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome
  • Diminished sexual desire (libido) and erectile quality, particularly nocturnal erections
  • Changes in mood and decreases in intellectual activity, cognitive functioning, and focus
  • Fatigue, depressed mood and irritability
  • Decrease in lean body mass, muscle volume and strength
  • Decrease in scalp and body hair, as well as skin thinning and fragility
  • Decreased bone mineral density resulting in osteopenia and osteoporosis
  • Increase in visceral fat around the trunk and abdomen

TREATMENT PROGRAM

In our program, men with low testosterone levels are usually prescribed topical or intramuscular injection of testosterone. The dosage is based on your medical condition, testosterone blood levels, and response to treatment. The end points of therapy are when our patients achieve improvement with their weight loss, libido, energy levels and over sense of well-being.

Every patient is required to have an annual physical and routine blood tests done three to four times a year. Patient compliance is essential for a successful testosterone replacement program. Our office does not allow abnormal drug-seeking behavior or misuse of testosterone for muscle or performance enhancing effects. Regular office visits in our office will be necessary to follow your progress and treatment. 

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