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Exploring the Benefits of Hormone Replacement Therapy for Men

Are you feeling worn out, mentally foggy, and physically drained? Are you struggling with stubborn weight gain, decreased strength, and a dwindling libido? If so, you're not alone. Many men experience these symptoms as they age, often unaware that hormonal imbalances could be the underlying cause. But there's good news: hormone replacement therapy can help you reclaim your vitality, energy, and zest for life!

We'll delve into the transformative benefits of hormone replacement therapy for men and how it can help you regain your confidence and overcome the barriers that are holding you back from the life you deserve.

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  • Meet with our physicians to discuss your symptoms and goals
  • Create a personalized plan together that incorporates lifestyle interventions that alleviate symptoms and help you live a longer, healthier life
  • Experience results within 4 weeks of starting treatment!

Why choose Studio R Aesthetics?

There are numerous providers in the Charlottesville area who provide HRT, but they are not all the same.

    • Physicians specializing in hormone replacement and optimization
    • We incorporate the functional medicine approach that includes lifestyle modifications such as diet, exercise, gut health, and supplementation
    • Our goal is creating sustainable changes that improve health and reduce the risk of common diseases such as heart attack, stroke, and diabetes
    • We have successfully treated hundreds of patients and were recently nominated Best of Cville 2024 for Wellness Studio
    • We educate and empower you to make the changes necessary to improve your health and wellbeing
    • Our physicians have been using BHRT for more than 5 years

Understanding Hormonal Imbalances in Men

Hormones play a critical role in men's health, influencing everything from energy levels and muscle mass to mood and sexual function. Testosterone, the primary male sex hormone, is responsible for regulating many of these essential functions. However, as men age, testosterone levels naturally decline, leading to imbalances that can manifest in a variety of troublesome symptoms.

Some of the most common symptoms of hormonal imbalances in men include:

  • Decreased muscle mass and strength
  • Low libido and sexual dysfunction
  • Low energy and fatigue
  • Mental fog and difficulty concentrating
  • Mood swings and irritability
  • Weight gain, especially around the abdomen

If you're experiencing any of these symptoms, it's crucial to recognize that you don't have to accept them as an inevitable part of aging. Hormone replacement therapy offers a targeted approach to rebalancing your hormones, optimizing health, and revitalizing your life.

The Benefits of Hormone Replacement Therapy for Men

Hormone replacement therapy can provide a wide range of benefits for men struggling with hormonal imbalances. Some of the most notable advantages include:

  1. Increased Energy and Vitality: By restoring testosterone levels to their optimal range, HRT can help boost your energy levels, reduce fatigue, and enhance overall vitality, allowing you to tackle each day with renewed vigor and enthusiasm.
  2. Improved Mental Clarity and Focus: Hormonal imbalances can wreak havoc on your cognitive function, leading to symptoms like brain fog, confusion, and difficulty concentrating. HRT can help sharpen your mental clarity, improve focus, and enhance cognitive performance, allowing you to perform at your best in work, school, and daily life.
  3. Enhanced Mood and Emotional Well-being: Low testosterone levels can contribute to mood swings, irritability, and feelings of depression. HRT can help stabilize your mood, alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression, and promote a greater sense of emotional well-being and resilience.
  4. Weight Management: Hormonal imbalances can make it challenging to maintain a healthy weight, especially around the abdomen. HRT can support weight management efforts by promoting fat loss, preserving lean muscle mass, and improving metabolic function.
  5. Increased Muscle Mass and Strength: Testosterone plays a crucial role in maintaining muscle mass and strength. HRT can help reverse the loss of muscle mass associated with low testosterone levels, allowing you to build and maintain lean muscle more effectively.
  6. Restored Libido and Sexual Function: Testosterone is vital for libido and sexual function in men. HRT can help rejuvenate your sex drive, improve erectile function, and enhance overall sexual performance, allowing you to enjoy a more fulfilling intimate life.

Introducing Bio-Identical Hormone Pellets

One of the most effective and convenient forms of HRT for men is bio-identical hormone pellet therapy (BHRT). These small pellets, typically made from natural plant sources like soy or yams, contain bio-identical hormones that are molecularly identical to those produced by the human body.

Bio-identical hormone pellets offer several advantages over other forms of hormone replacement therapy, including:

  • Consistent Hormone Delivery: Unlike oral medications or topical creams, which can result in fluctuations in hormone levels, bio-identical hormone pellets provide a steady, sustained release of hormones into the bloodstream, ensuring consistent symptom relief.
  • Convenience and Longevity: Bio-identical hormone pellets are implanted subcutaneously during a simple in-office procedure and can last for several months, eliminating the need for daily hormone administration and frequent doctor visits.
  • Customized Dosage: The dosage of bio-identical hormone pellets can be customized to meet your individual needs, allowing for personalized treatment and optimal symptom relief.

If you're ready to experience the life-changing benefits of hormone replacement therapy for men, don't wait any longer. Contact us today to learn more and start your journey towards hormonal optimization.

I had my blood testosterone levels checked, how do I know if I have low testosterone?

The decision to start testosterone supplementation in men is driven by symptoms, meaning that men should only be assessed for testosterone deficiency if they have some of the symptoms below. It is not based solely on serum testosterone levels. There are validated questionnaires that can be used to determine if a man has symptoms of low testosterone such as the Androgen Deficiency in Aging Males (ADAM) questionnaire: 

  1. Do you have a decrease in libido (sex drive)?
  2. Do you have a lack of energy?
  3. Do you have a decrease in strength and/or endurance?
  4. Have you lost height?
  5. Have you noticed a decreased "enjoyment of life"
  6. Are you sad and/or grumpy?
  7. Are your erections less strong?
  8. Have you noted a recent  deterioration in your ability to play sports?
  9. Are you falling asleep after dinner?
  10. Has there been a recent deterioration in your work performance?

If you answered "yes" to questions 1 or 7, OR "yes" to any 3 other questions, you may have low testosterone and could benefit from hormone supplementation. This is when we check and interpret lab values. 

The problem with defining low testosterone based on lab reference ranges is that testosterone levels are only one part of the equation - this does not tell us how much testosterone is free to act on androgen receptors, and how sensitive (or insensitive) the androgen receptors are to testosterone. This is why we decide to supplement based on symptoms, using testosterone levels as a guide. The goal is always to return men to the healthy testosterone levels they had in their 20's. 

Are there natural ways to increase testosterone levels?

The short answer is yes, but not enough to treat men with a diagnosis of hypogonadism or low testosterone. These are more relevant to men who do not have the symptoms of low testosterone but feel like they would benefit from slightly higher testosterone levels. The activities that have been shown to increase testosterone levels include:


  1. Exercise and lifting weights
  2. Reducing stress and cortisol levels
  3. Vitamin D supplementation if you are deficient
  4. Adequate sleep: sleeping only 5 hours a night was linked to a 10-15% reduction in testosterone levels
  5. Avoid exposure to chemicals that can affect testosterone levels such as bisphenol-A (BPA), parabens, and some chemicals found in plastic. 
  6. Limit alcohol consumption: heavy alcohol use can lead to testicular atrophy
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Josue Bonilla
July 3, 2024

Dr.Itiri was great! He explained everything very well and made me feel super comfortable! So excited to start this journey!

Courtney Adler
July 1, 2024

I had a great experience at Studio R for my lip filler! Dr. Segura was very thorough in explaining the procedure and making sure I felt comfortable every step of the way. I'm thrilled with the results and will definitely be returning for future treatments. Highly recommend!

After my 5th visit: I cannot rave enough about Studio R Aesthetics—it's a total game-changer! Located in a chic, Beverly Hills-esque office, this place exudes luxury and professionalism right from the moment you step in. Dr. Segura is a true magician with filler and toxin—she not only made me look amazing but also ensured I felt completely comfortable throughout the process. Her skill and precision are unmatched! Michelle and Jen at the front desk deserve their own shout-out—they are beyond fabulous! They greet you with such warmth and charm, making every visit feel like catching up with friends. Their professionalism and efficiency ensure that everything runs like clockwork. As for my results—wow! Thanks to Dr. Segura's expertise and the fantastic ZO skincare line they recommended, my skin has undergone a complete transformation. I recently had someone mistake me for a UVA student, and when I revealed I'm actually 41, they were stunned! That's the kind of confidence boost you can expect from Studio R Aesthetics. I am so grateful to Dr. Segura and her incredible team for their dedication to making every client feel and look their best. If you're considering treatments or skincare that deliver real results, look no further than Studio R Aesthetics. They are simply the best in Charlottesville and frankly, in the business

June 22, 2024

I did the 10 week semaglutide treatment with Dr. Itri and had amazing results, losing 17 lbs! I felt comfortable doing this with a doctor who actually did the treatment himself and explained everything from firsthand experience. I am definitely continuing to see Dr. Itri and the staff at Studio R. Can’t recommend them more.

Cheryl R.
June 13, 2024

Best facial I've ever had! Michelle Morris took the time to discuss my skin care routine, problems and areas where I wanted to see improvement all before beginning the treatment. Additionally, I had a consultation with Dr. Itri for weight management and his approach gave me great confidence in their program. Ultimately, I felt heard and valued by everyone in that office. Highly professional and such a relaxing overall experience. I'll certainly be going back.

Ashley Mcgaha
June 8, 2024

Dr segura was absolutely amazing and so knowledgeable. I felt heard and left with an understanding of our treatment plan. Highly Recommend

Heather R
June 6, 2024

I found Studio R a few months ago and I'm grateful I did. Jason + Brandy are active and passionate owners and their staff is wonderful. Every treatment I have received has been prefaced with thorough explanation, answered questions and true follow-up care. Highly recommend!!

Rachael Boyd
June 4, 2024

Incredibly thorough and knowledgeable about skincare, I have struggled for most of my life with caring for my sensitive skin and Dr. Segura always takes the time to answer all my questions and discuss my options in detail.

Sage Timberline
June 3, 2024

I love Studio R!!! Dr. Segura is so knowledgeable, kind, and thoughtful. My first visit i was desperate for help with my skin and eager to try everything. Rather than letting me spend ALL my money at once on her services, she slowed me down and recommended starting with the basics - a really excellent skincare routine, which has made a HUGE impact in my skin and truly my overall well-being. I really respect that she is always looking out for what’s best for ME and never pushes any products or services. I also did BBL with Michelle, who was absolutely lovely and very efficient which is always so appreciated. All of the staff are always looking for ways to improve my satisfaction while also working to make sure it’s in my budget. I trust this practice tremendously. Also an honorable mention to the front desk staff, who are so friendly and personable and always help to make visits a highlight of my day.

11/10 recommend Studio Aesthetics. Dr. Segura is very detailed with her work, she went above and beyond with me. Michelle, that is on her team, will answer all your questions and make you feel welcomed with every visit. Great team to have care for you, not only are you worth it but they are!

Krissy Muniz
May 29, 2024

My skin has never felt better! The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. Looking forward to my next visit!

Kamden Pleasants
May 29, 2024

Dr. Segura thoroughly took her time in explaining the benefits of Semaglutide to me in my appointment today! So excited to be on this new journey. Everyone in her office is lovely!

julieta juarez
May 25, 2024

Omg I loved the results and everyone in the practice was so friendly and informative

From beginning to end, my experience at Studio R was truly remarkable. Let me start by mentioning that I come from Los Angeles, known for its luxurious medical spas. Upon stepping into Studio R, I instantly felt like I was entering a Beverly Hills med spa. The office was stunning, complete with a selection of delectable snacks and beverages, and I was warmly greeted by Michelle at the reception desk. Streamlining the paperwork process, I completed all necessary forms on an iPad, which proved to be remarkably efficient. Upon completion, I was guided by Dr. Segura herself. She attentively listened to my concerns regarding facial aging and took the time to educate me on the natural changes that occur with age. We delved into discussions about skincare health and explored various options available to address my specific areas of concern. Dr. Segura's serene demeanor instilled a sense of calm within me, putting me at ease throughout the consultation. Opting for a toxin treatment, the procedure was relatively painless, thanks to Dr. Segura's expertise and her array of techniques to minimize discomfort. Following the treatment, she dedicated time to recommend skincare products tailored to my needs and crafted a comprehensive regimen for me to follow—a structure I greatly appreciate and need. Upon leaving, Michelle and Jennifer provided exceptional assistance, ensuring I was enrolled in rewards programs and equipped with all necessary information for my follow-up appointment. Without hesitation, I wholeheartedly recommend Studio R. Having visited other med spas in Charlottesville, none have matched the level of attention and warmth extended by the team at Studio R.

Justi Campa
May 20, 2024

Had my first visit to Studio R Aesthetics and Wow! This place is nice. The design interior is elegant and inviting and the staff is so warm. It’s like checking into a 5 star boutique hotel. They have private rooms dedicated to their individual services and best of all procedures are performed by physicians. Physicians who have received the same treatments they provide to their clients. Anyone looking for a high level of professionalism should experience Studio R Aesthetics!

Claire Lynn Bush
May 19, 2024

Studio R Aesthetics & staff rate 10 stars. Dr Segura gave me the results I wanted & the entire experience was wonderful. My treatment consisted of Restylan lip filler & Dysport. I still look like me - just enhanced! Cannot wait to return & have services with Michelle and Jennifer as well. I hope the gentleman I met at the front desk was Dr Itri -Mr personality!! If you’re looking for aesthetic services- look no further - Studio R is the place

Laura Lanford
May 14, 2024

I’ve been going to Studio R Aesthetics for a year now, and I am continually impressed with Dr. Segura’s skill and professionalism. She is a true artist! She has a very gentle technique, so I very rarely feel discomfort with the procedures I’ve received. She takes her time to evaluate your facial structure and muscles to give a beautifully tailored result for her patients. She is also very kind and a pleasure to interact with!

M Royer
May 13, 2024

Came from a referral and was very impressed. Gorgeous office, friendly staff, and amazing doctor.

Bryan Harris
May 7, 2024

I had the pleasure visiting Studio R Aesthetics and meeting their amazing staff! Jason, Brandy and Gabby, along with their entire team, are very knowledgeable and provide kind and caring customer service. One thing that stands out to me is, their willingness to make sure you get the results you are looking for by suggesting options they have already tried on themselves. The Arc of the Piedmont is truly appreciative to partner with this amazing company as they provide supporting back to our local community in being the Presenting Sponsor of our Annual Santa Fun Run. Not only are their products and customer service top notch, their community support is out of this world! If you are looking for someone that can help you make true changes to your overall health, I would highly recommend Studio R Aesthetics.

Carol Drolet
May 5, 2024

Warm and inviting office and I am sure all my future appointments will be the same. Was explained every thing very clearly and wasn't pressured into purchasing.

This is the best practice! The doctors and staff are so professional and friendly, and the facility is so beautiful! I would definitely recommend Studio R Aesthetics to all my friends and family!

Jenny Siepka
April 30, 2024

Dr. Segura is a true perfectionist!! She is very creative and has a keen eye for detail. She is very honest and gives very good suggestions on ways to improve your look. If you have not been here yet you better get here fast❣️❣️💯💯Hands down I am super impressed.💋

Kathryn Glayat
April 29, 2024

highly recommend!

todd jenkins
April 24, 2024

Studio R provided the personal experience and expert knowledge lacking with their competitors, but still at a competitive price.

Mellony Harris
April 20, 2024

Dr. Segura is phenomenal!!! Super gentle with her injections, and spends quality time with her patients….definitely love it at Studio R!!

Tracy Diamond Allen
April 16, 2024

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of experiencing an exceptional facial administered by Michelle. From the moment I entered the serene ambiance of the treatment room, I was enveloped in a sense of tranquility, enhanced by the soothing background music. The attention to detail was evident as the bed was meticulously arranged to provide optimal comfort with a warm blanket, allowing me to unwind completely. Michelle's unique approach to skincare was evident from the outset. She took the time to inquire about my specific skin concerns, ensuring a tailored approach to her facial treatment. Throughout the session, she thoughtfully explained each step of the process and its benefits to address my individual needs. Michelle's skilled hands guided me into profound relaxation, evoking a meditative experience that transcended the ordinary. Notably, the facial extended beyond mere skincare, incorporating a rejuvenating massage of the chest and neck area. This holistic approach further underscored Michelle's commitment to providing a comprehensive and deeply enriching spa experience. Today, my skin feels amazing. I wholeheartedly endorse Michelle's facial treatments to anyone seeking expert skincare guidance or desiring a professional relaxation experience. I know what I want to buy my husband for his next birthday :)

Paul McArtor
April 16, 2024

The two words that come to mind with Studio R is "trustworthiness" and "professional." The doctors (actual doctors), do such a great job ensuring the treatments are the correct ones to meet their patient's needs and goals with a patient-first mindset. Some medical spas feel like they are pushing treatments with profit first. If you are interested in trying out a medical spa, Studio R is the place to start. If you use another spa, you should definitely check Studio R out!

Mallory Miracle
April 13, 2024

I had a perfect experience with everyone I interacted with during my first appointment (including other guests!) I felt very taken care of. All of my questions were answered. The music was fab. I look forward to coming back!

Julia White
April 6, 2024

Calming and relaxing experience for being a first time toxin client. Dr. Segura walked me through the process, managed my expectations, and delivered beautiful results. The staff, especially Michelle, was helpful and provided me with great skin care recommendations.

Isis Joens
April 3, 2024

Visited for weight loss program. Very knowledgeable and great explanation from Dr. Segura.

Lisa Isabel
April 2, 2024

I have received services at Studio R Aesthetics since moving to the area in 2022. Dr. Segura and Dr. Itri are so very personable, professional and extremely knowledgeable about all of the services they offer. Walking through the door at Studio R Aesthetics feels like stepping into a different world! The atmosphere is very upscale and comforting. If you’ve ever wanted to invest in yourself and your well-being, call them to schedule an appointment…you won’t be disappointed!

Nines G
April 2, 2024

Dr. Segura did my lip filler and lip flip. Definitely the best results I’ve had.

nadia mccall
April 2, 2024

I really really love the different stuff offered here, excited to try out some of the deals. I wish I lived closer to it! They have so much holistic stuff from inner to outer health. I have a list of stuff to try out already!

Candace Richards
March 28, 2024

I cannot say enough good things about the wonderful people at Studio R. In a world where women are not taken seriously by their healthcare providers, the team at Studio R truly cares. From the warmth and kindness of the reception, to the empathy and compassion of the physicians, I highly recommend this studio to anyone who has struggled with weight management and hormone imbalance. Every time I leave I feel better not only in my body, but with my emotional and mental health.

alicia Xoxo
March 25, 2024

Went in for microdermabrasion, it was my first time at Stufio R Aesthetics and I will definitely be returning. Lovely atmosphere and very kind staff.

Michelle Conner
March 24, 2024

Highly recommend Studio R if you are trying to decide if Semaglutide will be part of your health and fitness journey. Dr. Brandy Segura provided us with the best, most informative consult ever! It's reassuring to know that Studio R offers medically-supervised weight loss treatment from someone who has thoroughly done her homework and really cares about your results.

Steve Gaines
March 21, 2024

One thing about Studio R that sets them apart from so many other similar practices is that they PRACTICE what they preach. For example, if Dr. Itri is consulting with you on their weight managment program he can speak to you from direct experience having invested much of his own time into living and working the program. So he can bring you first-hand experience when he speaks to helping accomplish your goals. They really helps Studio R stand above the crowd. I highly recommend them!

Wendi Dass
March 20, 2024

I normally go to another spa and decided to try Studio R. Michelle did an awesome job on my lashes and brows. This will be my new go-to spa.

LaLa Wilkins
March 18, 2024

I have visited Studio R Aesthetics on many occasions and always enjoyed wonderful experiences with the staff and Dr. Segura!! I love that everyone I speak with is knowledgeable and friendly. I will definitely continue my visits and to recommend them in the future!!⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Lois Sanders
March 16, 2024

Aesthetician was very knowledgeable and professional. Gave recommendations based on my skin type and included a relaxing neck and shoulder massage. One of the best facials I've had.

Amy A
March 13, 2024

Nice, helpful staff in a beautifully appointed office. I was seen promptly and Dr. Segura was kind and took her time with me. Highly recommend!

Meghan Kirby
March 12, 2024

I am so pleased with Dr. Segura and her staff! She was very friendly and extremely informative and thorough. I would highly recommend Studio R Aesthetics to all my friends and family!

Donald Giannangeli
March 12, 2024

I just met with Dr. Jason Itri from Studio R. I was very impressed with the thoughtful, cooperative approach he took with me about my health and my options. No sales pitch. No doctor-telling-patient what's best. He listened! What a refreshing approach! Give them a call and see for yourself!

Lyndsey Lantz
March 8, 2024

I had a wonderful experience at Studio R Aesthetics. The entire team was very welcoming and made me feel comfortable especially since I am new to the aesthetics world. I knew this was the place for me when they offered everything I was looking for....BBL...Skin Better products...medical provider as an injector. If you are looking for a medical spa in Charlottesville, look no further...Studio R Aesthetics is your place!!! 10/10 recommend!!

Jim Ames
March 3, 2024

Medical doctors own this business and are the primary care-givers. They're concerned first and foremost about long term healthy outcomes. Furthermore, they and their team take the time and energy to ensure a friendly and relaxed client experience - their appointments last about twice as long as other providers to ensure every client gets real attention and is comfortable. Actually, a lot of their clients have come from other providers.

Chris Parsnow
February 27, 2024

I met with Dr Itri to discuss the BBL skin treatment. I love the fact that he and his wife have tried every service they offer and can clearly explain the benefits and set real expectations. You can tell they truly care about their customers!

Anastasiya Kalyuk
February 26, 2024

I had anxiety about getting the prp service. Instead of trying to pressure me into it, the doctor took the time to explain the process to me and understood my need to take a little more time to consider going forward. I would recommend this place to anyone based on their professionalism, patience, and ability to explain complex concepts about specific concerns to clients. Will be coming back for more services! (including prp once I get over my anxiety about it). I also got a platinum hydrafacial and it was the best one I’ve ever gotten! I will definitely be rebooking. Thank you!

Catherine Turner
February 26, 2024

I have very sensitive skin, so I reached out to Studio R with a few questions before booking an appointment. They responded quickly and thoroughly and advised on which services would be best for my skin type. During my sugaring appointment, Michelle was very kind, patient, and friendly. She also gave me tips for how to care for my skin after the service, offering recommendations at a variety of price points. I appreciated her skill and attitude, and I will be booking again in the future!

Ashleigh Chambers
February 24, 2024

Went here for sugaring and would definitely recommend it. Professional, relaxing, and overall great service. She was friendly and made the whole experience pleasant!

Gabrielle Miller
February 20, 2024

I just moved to the area and came to this place based off of the recommendation of a friend and boy was she right. I have been here a few times and will definitely be coming back. Toxin service was great and doctors are very friendly. I’ve also had a facial and I have to say it was the best facial I’ve ever had.


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