Feeling Fantastic Again

Hormone replacement pellet therapy targets menopausal symptoms.

Though the majority of the old masterpieces are primarily on canvas, a true artist can paint on just about any surface, be it a pane of glass, piece of wood or concrete wall. Cindy McDonald is such an artist. Her canvas is the face.

Cindy McDonald

“I’m a permanent makeup artist,” says Cindy, owner of the Leopard Lily Permanent Makeup Studio in Spring Hill. “I paint eyebrows, eyeliner and lip color. I’ve been doing it for about 20 years now, ever since I tried it for myself.

“I had my lips done but had a bad experience. To fix things, I took a permanent makeup class and wound up falling in love with this personalized art. One procedure can sometimes take up to three hours to complete, but that’s because I’m a perfectionist.”

Cindy’s pursuit of perfection is not limited to her work. She seeks that high standard in her personal life, where she always strives to look and feel her best. The latter objective is one Cindy was struggling to achieve not long ago.

“I was about 52 years old when all of a sudden I started to experience hot flashes,” Cindy recalls. “Then came the night sweats, and along with that I started to have trouble sleeping. Oh, and low libido as well. That was another issue.”

Those issues are all signs of menopause, which can affect women beginning in their late 40s and early 50s. There is no medical treatment, but some symptoms can be relieved through hormone replacement therapy.

Cindy chose such a treatment in the hope it would alleviate her hot flashes and night sweats, but she soon grew frustrated with the daily inconvenience of taking pills and applying the hormone creams she was prescribed.

“The creams helped, but it was a lot of work keeping up with all the different ones I had to use,” Cindy laments. “I needed to take testosterone in a cream form and then take a progesterone pill on top of that.

“I committed to doing it every day, but then I went on a trip and got out of the habit of applying the creams, which were always a little messy anyway. After that I had a hard time getting back on track with all of that.”

Cindy soon discovered the availability of a more advanced type of hormone treatment, one that her friend Janie Rushnell, CME, now offers at Skintastic Med Spa, Rushnell’s natural wellness boutique in Spring Hill.

No One Outfacials Skintastic

Skintastic has been in business for 10 years and offers more than 50 health, wellness and aesthetic services, including injectable treatments such as BOTOX® Cosmetic, rejuvenation treatments such as Ultherapy®, massage therapy and intravenous vitamin therapy.

“We focus not only on making our customers look good, but also on making them feel good,” Janie explains. “We want our customers to live their best life possible, and we do that by offering services your typical med spa simply doesn’t have.

“When it comes to aesthetics, for example, no one outfacials Skintastic. I am a CIDESCO diplomat, which means I am a true master aesthetician. And I am all about facials. From European facials to clinical facials and everything in between, we offer it all.

“And we guarantee natural-looking results. A lot of women who come in are scared, or their husbands are afraid they won’t look like themselves or look natural after their treatment. That won’t happen here, and we guarantee that.”

Cindy first visited Skintastic to take advantage of some of its facial treatments. She soon learned of all the other services they offer, and when she discovered that BioTE® Medical hormone pellet therapy is among them, she asked more about it.

What she learned from Janie is that the BioTE pellet therapy is considered the most natural and effective solution for hormone-related issues, which can also include mood swings, vaginal dryness, an inability to focus and a loss of energy.

“It’s a great place for anti-aging because I can get those treatments and still look natural, and I love that.” – Cindy

A treatment that has also proven to be effective in preventing diabetes, osteoporosis, and cardiovascular disease, BioTE hormone therapy uses pellets that are derived from plants and are molecularly identical to the hormones produced by the human body.

Unlike creams or pills, which can produce inconsistent hormone levels and result in mood and energy fluctuations, a BioTE treatment releases a consistent level of hormones throughout the day for up to five months.

“Dosing for hormone replacement therapy is unique to each patient’s needs using the BioTE method. BioTE has completed over a million pellet insertions, and with that experience comes a lot of knowledge,” Janie adds. “We are a proud, certified BioTE clinic.

“They have studied hormones extensively. And as a BioTE provider, we have access to all the information in its database at any time. The other feature is the BioTE method is proven and very accurate.”

“A World of Difference”

BioTE pellets are about the size of a grain of rice and are inserted beneath the skin into the fatty tissue in the buttock or flank area of the patient. The first phase of that insertion process is a blood test to determine the true nature of each patient’s hormone deficiency.

“We’re not just asking patients how old they are and what their symptoms are,” Janie emphasizes. “The BioTE method is very science-based, and the treatment is determined by what we find in the lab values we get from the patient’s blood work.”

Once a patient is determined to be a candidate for the treatment, the customized pellets are created at BioTE Medical. They are then inserted through a small incision by a physician’s assistant during an in-office procedure that takes about 15 minutes using a local anesthetic.

About a month after the initial insertion, patients typically return for a follow-up to determine the effectiveness of the pellets. Adjustments can then be made, and the process is repeated every three to five months.

“I usually go back about every five months, or if I feel like I’m not as bubbly as I usually am or maybe need a bit of an energy boost,” Cindy says. “And then, about three weeks after the insertion, I can feel the pellets start to kick in. When that happens, it just makes a world of difference with everything I do. I sleep more soundly, my mental clarity is better and my memory is sharper. I also have a lot more energy.

“I didn’t know I was losing energy until I tried the pellets and realized how much more energy I had after the treatment. I’m a pretty happy person anyway, but after I get the pellets, I’m typically in a great mood and feeling good all the time.

“Overall, it’s a great therapy. It’s wonderful to have that energy and not have any hot flashes, night sweats or anything like that. I’m so grateful that Janie suggested it, and I’ve recommended it to some of my own
clients as well.

“I’ve shared my story about the pellets with them, and a few have received them at Skintastic. They’ve reported back and said that they’re feeling great and want to get their husbands onboard as well.

“I highly recommend Skintastic’s other treatments as well. They have a number of services that I receive regularly, and it’s a great place for anti-aging because I can get those treatments and still look natural, and I love that.”

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    • Janie Rushnell, CME

      Janie Rushnell, CME, is a board-certified medical electrologist and certified laser specialist. She earned her bachelor’s degree and graduated magna cum laude from the University of North Florida. She received her facial specialist training at ... Read More

    • Cynthia Brooks, MD

      Cynthia Brooks, MD, has more than 17 years of experience in patient care, including more than seven years in the field of cosmetic and laser medicine. She is certified by the National Council on Laser Certification and has expertise in all asp... Read More