Turn Back The Clock

Natural anti-aging therapies rejuvenate the body, inside and out.

On the night of her 14th birthday, Lisa* was surprised by her parents with a trip to the theater to see the musical “Cabaret.” To say that the show changed the young Chicago-area native’s life forever would be
an understatement.

“I’ll never forget that night,” Lisa remembers. “It was the first time I had ever seen a play or musical live, and it just blew me away. The music was great, of course, but the costumes and choreography were what captivated me the most.

“I got hooked on the theater right then and there, and from that point on, I knew I wanted to be a dancer. I had been taking ballet and dance lessons for a number of years already, but my dream after that was to dance on stage just like the cast in ‘Cabaret.’”

Lisa eventually realized that dream. After studying dance in college, she spent eight years traveling the country as a member of the dance companies for musicals such as “Guys and Dolls,” “42nd Street” and “Cats.”

A foot injury forced Lisa to retire from touring, but she hasn’t given up her dancing career. Now 58, she teaches the discipline at a local dance school.

A year ago, however, teaching became a challenge.

“Out of nowhere I started to feel very fatigued,” Lisa recalls. “I was also experiencing a lot of muscle weakness and indigestion. At first, I thought it was just a virus or something and that it would pass, but after a few weeks, I still wasn’t feeling any better.

“I found myself really struggling to get through the dance lessons, and then I started to have trouble sleeping. No matter how tired I was physically, I was sleeping very restlessly. After a couple of weeks, I went to see Dr. Dean.”

Balancing Act

Melissa Dean, MD, of the Dean Wellness Institute in Vero Beach, practices traditional medicine while also offering a holistic approach to wellness. She is also an expert in treating menopause and andropause.

Her specialties include hormone balancing, adrenal support therapy and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), which is considered the most natural and effective solution for hormone-related issues.

Her clinic also specializes in intravenous therapies, including IV vitamin therapy, anti-aging/regenerative medicine and aesthetic treatments such as neuromodulators, hyaluronic acid-based fillers and microneedling with PRP.

“I knew of Dr. Dean because my husband visited her a while back for some problems he was having with joint pain,” Lisa remembers. “She gave him ozone injections and they worked extremely well for him, so I went to see if she might have something to help me.”

After a thorough examination, including blood work, Dr. Dean discovered that Lisa’s fatigue, muscle weakness and restless sleep pattern was a result of a hormone imbalance. To correct the problem, she prescribed BHRT.

BHRT can be received in a number of ways, including pellet injections or through topical creams. Lisa chose to receive the therapy sublingually, and she returns every three or four months for a reevaluation of her hormone levels.

“Go see Dr. Dean. She’ll get you looking and feeling better just like she did with me.” – Lisa

“Depending on what we find during the reevaluation, I can adjust the makeup of the BHRT troches to ensure the patient’s hormone levels are right,” Dr. Dean explains. “The ultimate goal is to turn back the clock internally and get the patient feeling better.”

The BHRT troches did just that for Lisa. A couple of weeks after beginning the therapy, she regained her old energy levels, her muscle weakness disappeared and her sleep improved.

Pleased with the results, Lisa asked about aesthetic treatments the Dean Wellness Institute offers. Looking to turn back the clock externally as well as internally, she chose to undergo microneedling with platelet rich plasma, or PRP.

“I was starting to get some discoloration on my skin and felt like I needed a little revamp,” Lisa explains. “I also had some acne scars from years ago and some broken red capillaries that were showing, and Dr. Dean said the microneedling would help with that.”

Microneedling is a skin-rejuvenation process during which a technician uses a small handheld device to induce microtraumas to the skin. The microtraumas are then treated with PRP to further enhance the therapy.

“The microneedling device is about the size of a pen with a bunch of tiny needles at the end,” Dr. Dean explains. “The needles induce trauma to the skin, and when you do that, the body responds by sending healing factors to that area.

“By inducing the trauma, we’re drawing regenerative growth factors to that area from inside the body. We then hit that same area from the outside by topically applying PRP, which we obtain by drawing blood from the patient.”

“You Look So Good”

The PRP separation process is performed inside a special centrifuge that Dr. Dean has in her office. The process takes about 20 minutes, and the results of the inside-outside approach to skin rejuvenation is “tremendous,” Dr. Dean enthuses.

Lisa concurs. She says she noticed subtle improvements within a few days of receiving the first treatment. That prompted her to get a second and third treatment, the results of which “blew me away,” Lisa raves.
“I was really, really pleased,” Lisa adds. “And one of the best things about it is that it’s been six months since I had the treatment, and I still have the result. I think I’m going to have this done at least once a year just to keep that fresh look that I like.”

Lisa isn’t just looking refreshed. She also feels refreshed.

“My friends ask me all the time, What did you do?” Lisa elaborates. “They say, You look so good and have so much energy; what’s the secret? I just tell them, Go see Dr. Dean. She’ll get you looking and feeling better just like she did with me.

“Dr. Dean and her staff are terrific and they are the nicest people. They’re very laid back but also very professional. Every time I go there, it’s a very pleasant experience.”

© FHCN article by Roy Cummings. mkb
*Patient’s name changed at her request.




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