Pellets are used to treat hormone deficiencies and imbalances by implanting them in the subcutaneous tissue of the gluteal or abdominal regions in men and women. Sterile pellets are a small and cylindrical dosage form, about the size of a grain of rice, containing compressed bio-identical hormones. They are placed beneath the skin by a health care practitioner, during a simple office procedure. This method of hormone delivery allows the body to slowly draw out small, physiologic doses of the needed hormone, providing for a more consistent steady-state delivery. The sterile pellets typically dissolve over a period of three to four months, sometimes lasting up to six months, and then need to be repeated again.
What Are Bioidentical Testosterone Pellet Implants?
Anti-Aging Hormone Therapy Procedure
The simple office procedure requires a small local anesthetic injection in the insertion area, then a tiny incision is made in the skin. A device called a trocar, is then inserted into the subcutaneous layer beneath the skin. The needle end of the trocar is removed, the pellets are placed into the trocar device and a blunt obturator is inserted into the trocar to gentle advance the pellets down into the insertion tract. Once pellets are placed, the practitioner will typically close the tiny incision site with a simple sterile strip closure and then cover with an adhesive bandage.
Why use Pellet Hormone Therapy?
Anti-Aging Hormone Therapy has been used since the late 1930s and is often considered one of the most natural ways to deliver hormones to the body. The hormones are identical to the body’s own both structurally and biologically. Because the body does the work on its own once the sterile pellet is inserted, this increases compliance because patients do not have to remember to take a pill, give an injection, or apply a cream each day.