While you may see commercials touting testosterone replacement options to be had through an 800 number, testosterone replacement isn’t a good idea for everyone, and it surely shouldn’t be done without the guidance of a doctor such as Dr. Carlotti at Austin Cosmetic Surgery.
Testosterone injections are just a part of our men’s health clinic. We analyze your overall endocrine and metabolic function to see where you stand before we even address testosterone replacement options.
What is low testosterone?
Testosterone levels naturally decrease with age, similar to how women’s estrogen levels drop after menopause. Unfortunately for some men, their levels drop more than is normal. And while most people think of testosterone in conjunction with things such as muscle formation and libido, testosterone plays a much larger role in your body. It impacts behavior, the body’s ability to effectively handle stress, energy levels, mood, and can even lead to joint pain.
What is testosterone replacement therapy?
At Austin Cosmetic Surgery and our men’s health clinic, we use testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) to address the symptoms caused by low testosterone levels. Our TRT program consists of managing your testosterone and estrogen levels with medication. Our TRT programs are often accompanied by one of our medically supervised weight loss plans to further optimize the patient’s health.
What are the symptoms of low testosterone?
Some patients have symptoms related to low testosterone, while others may not notice some subtle changes. These are common symptoms:
- Depression/Mood swings
- Decreased muscle mass
- General fatigue
- Body and facial hair loss
- Low sex drive
- Erectile dysfunction
- Difficulty concentrating
- Muscle aches
- Joint pain
Why causes low testosterone?
Your natural levels of testosterone drop with age. Testosterone levels generally decrease by around one percent every year after the age of 30 or 40. But abnormally low levels can be caused by obesity, stress, chronic illness, or by a disease known as hypogonadism. That’s why it’s important to have Dr. Carlotti and our team run tests on your metabolic and endocrine function to find the root cause of your low testosterone levels before going ahead with any replacement therapy.