Where Integrative Medicine Meets Anti-Aging

Frequently Asked Questions

Read our frequently asked questions here. See what our patients and customers are asking before a visit. If you still have any questions regarding a procedure or a visit to the DreamBody Medical Center, please contact us via phone (480) 292-1110 or visit our locations in Scottsdale or Yuma to learn how we can help you.

Anti-Aging & Aesthetics

What age management services does DreamBody Medical Centers provide?

Dr. Esquerdo of DreamBody specializes in age management medicine and offers bio-identical hormones (hormone replacement therapy) and Testosterone Therapy.

What makes DreamBody Doctors different than my regular Doctor?

DreamBody’s goal is to prevent disease through healthy medicines such as bio-identical hormones, vitamin supplements, and lifestyle. More importantly our physicians do not overmedicate patients. Our goal is to use as many natural solutions to solve the cause of the problem rather than treat the symptoms with prescription medications. .

What is Hormone Replacement Therapy and who is it for?

Hormone replacement therapy is a medical treatment used to treat aging-related diseases, such as osteoporosis, menopause in women and andropause in men.

HRT can be beneficial for men when testosterone starts to lower, causing andropause. When receiving HRT, men can lose weight, gain muscle, improve energy and prevent age-related diseases such as Alzheimer’s, cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis*.

For women, Hormone Replacement Therapy should be initiated when a woman starts seeing signs of menopause. HRT can help women with the symptoms of insomnia, depression, irritability, low energy levels and weight gain.*.

What exactly is B-12 and how does it work?

Vitamin B-12 is among the primary vitamin contributors inside your body. Its key role is to correctly maintain the functioning with the brain and the entire central nervous program.

Where do these bioidentical hormones come from?

Bioidentical testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone are derived from wild yams.

How are the bioidentical hormones administered?

Board certified anti-aging doctors will prescribe with creams to the skin or vaginally, injections, or pellets according the patient’s symptoms and lab test results. Our board certified anti-aging physicians will administer HRT therapy with bioidentical estrogen, progesterone, DHEA, testosterone, and if thyroid replacement is required the use of Nature Throid is recommended.

When should someone begin bioidentical hormone therapy?

If bioidentical hormone therapy is started early in perimenopause, women may see a reduction in the effects of this change in their natural hormone balance*. Sleeplessness, depression, and irritability are some of the symptoms that can be caused by perimenopause. If bio identical hormone therapy is started early in perimenopause, women may see a reduction in the effect oof this change in their natural hormone balance*. As men age they may see a decline in testosterone levels. This decline may be more gradual over a period of ten or more years. The symptoms of low testosterone are similar to perimenopause and may include sexual dysfunction. If these symptoms affect quality of life it is recommended that blood tests be done to determine if a hormone inbalance is contributing to the symptoms and if hormone replacement therapy could help.*

What can Testosterone Replacement Therapy do for me?

Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) can improve the quality of life and health of men who have symptoms and lab results indicating low testosterone*. TRT may be prescribed by a doctor for almost any age-related disease, including heart attack, stroke, osteoporosis, fractures, diabetes, erectile dysfunction, chronic pain, obesity, dementia, depression, and COPD. Clinical studies of Testosterone Replacement Therapy have shown improvement in cholesterol levels, triglycerides, anemia, blood pressure, BMI, weight, sexual potency, and memory*. Because many symptoms of men growing old are related to low testosterone (flabby belly, decreased muscle tone, older-looking, dry thin skin, wrinkles and depressed attitude) TRT can be benficial for patients reporting symptoms and diseases that come with age*.

How do I receive Testosterone Replacement Therapy?

Testosterone therapy should be administered intramuscular, transdermally (women only) or by pellets, but should never be taken orally. Testosterone cypionate or propionate is most bioidentical to the bodies natural testosterone. Synthetics are more anabolic and may have more side effects.

Testosterone injections should be given every 7-14 days with the smallest dose to relieve symptoms of low T and elevate blood levels to the acceptable range*.

Testosterone creams and gels may be prescribed for daily use and should be applied to hairless areas of the body that won’t come in contact with other people.

Pellets are placed with a minor procedure that includes local anesthesia using lidocaine, very small incision and insertion of a trochar into the muscle fascia to drop the prescribed amount of testosterone pellets. These pellets act in a time release fashion.

Several ways to optimize testosterone therapy include a diet high in protein; lean meat, fish, eggs, protein shakes. Avoid refined carbohydrates such as bread (whole wheat included), flour, sugar, white rice, bagels, cookies, tortillas, donuts, crackers, noodles, pasta, and most cereals. No soda, sweets or candy. Although some aged cheeses are ok, dairy should be avoided.*

What are some things that I should be aware of if receiving Testosterone Replacement Therapy?

Testosterone can convert to estrogen by the aromatase enzyme in the fat tissue*. To avoid this conversion the patient should follow the dietary recommendations especially avoiding refined carbohydrates and alcohol. Persons that have too much testosterone for anabolic reasons take estrogen blocking drugs like Tamoxifen or Arimidex. The use of these drugs is discouraged and proper testosterone dosing is best, but if the patient is obese and has a risk for estrogen production we recommend Chrysin, a natural estrogen blocking supplement*. Symptoms of excessive estrogen production include tender nipples and frequent urinating throughout the night.

Testosterone is a drug with the potential for abuse and should be managed by a experienced specialty trained physician. Board Certified Age management and Regenerative Medicine Physicians have specific training in hormone replacement therapy.

Do you offer payment options?

Yes! DreamBody Centers offers financing options through Care Credit.

* Individual results may vary and are not guaranteed.

DreamBody’s medical staff will evaluate your individual goals and medical history and discuss expectations with you prior to treatment.

Weight Loss

How Many Treatments Are Involved?

Most patients require 3 to 4 LipoDissolve treatments*. In order to see optimal results, the patient should eat a healthy diet and include exercise in their routine. DreamBody’s Medical professionals can help with this.

Who Should Not Use LipoDissolve?

If you need to lose weight overall and your BMI is greater than 28, then LipoDissolve is not the best way to start. Instead, DreamBody can work with you to help you lose the weight with a variety of healthy, safe, and effective programs that are supervised by trained Medical Professionals. Once, you have reached a healthier weight, DreamBody will consult with you to decide is LipoDissolve is right for you.

What is HCG?

HCG or Human Chorionic Gonadotropin is a hormone produced in women during pregnancy. The hormone converts fat to calories for the baby to use, and speeds up the mother’s metabolism. Those who follow a fat-free diet of 500 calories per day and receive HCG injections will lose weight quickly; have high energy levels, faster metabolism and decreased hunger. This is because your hypothalamus moves the fat from areas of storage and converts it calories to fuel your body.*

How does HCG work?

The DreamBody HCG Diet Program is a physician managed weight loss program that allows patients to lose nearly a pound a day. Weight loss of 15-35 pounds in 20-40 days is common. The HCG diet has been called the “obesity cure” because people are able to lose 1 to 2 pounds of fat or more per day and are able to keep the weight off. HCG actually resets your “fat banking center” in your midbrain, an area of the brain that regulates several basic functions like temperature, thirst, hunger, and others.*

Are the medications and supplements all-natural?

  • Yes! Feel better knowing this is an all-natural program.

Integrative Medicine

What vitamins and minerals will be in an IV Mineral Therapy treatment?

Come relax and sit in a recliner while getting our blend of IV nutrients. Our “Myers’ Cocktail” includes B vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12), Vitamin C, Calcium, Magnesium, Glutathione, Selenium, and Zinc.

How do I know which vitamins I will need?

We customize each IV vitamin and mineral therapy according to your individual needs. Conditions that may be helped with IV Nutrition include: High blood pressure, fatigue, depression, mental clarity, asthma, migraines, infections, fibromyalgia, and many others*!

What are fillers?

Fillers are simple injections that add fullness to the skin.* As we age, our skin loses the collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid that add the youthful volume and elasticity to our skin.

What types of fillers do you offer?

Dreambody offers fillers to rejuvenate your skin and bring back that youthful volume.* All of the products are made of hyaluronic acid, which binds with the water in your skin to add the fullness you need!*

Juvederm is a smooth gel that is made of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in your skin that binds with the water in your skin to rejuvenate and add volume.* It’s a great and natural way to get youthful skin!*

Pain Rehabilitation

How does DreamBody determine where the pain is coming from?

Extensive nutritional laboratory testing may identify an essential amino acid, fatty acid, mineral, or vitamin deficiency. Extensive testing for infectious disease could also identify the cause and treatment for pain in many patients.

What are the different services DreamBody offers to help with pain?

After determining the source of your pain, DreamBody Medical Centers will consult with you to decide which service is right for you. We might recommend a range of services, including: acupuncture, prolotherapy, dietary changes, vitamins and supplements, physical therapy, chiropractic medicine, yoga, bioidentical hormones or antibiotics.

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an alternative medicine that treats patients by insertion and manipulation of solid, generally thin needles into the body. Acupuncture has come from Traditional Chinese Medicine proven through the millennium to aid in pain management and well being. The acupuncture is performed by Dr. Ramon Esquerdo for several medical conditions.*

What is prolotherapy?

Prolotherapy is an injection procedure to strengthen tendons and ligaments that are painful or weakened from injury*. Prolotherapy is very affective with little discomfort* because of Lidocaine used in the prolosolution*.

Do you offer payment options?

Yes! DreamBody Centers offers financing options through Care Credit. Get instant approval via the appropriate link on the home page of the DreamBody website Dreambodycenters.com.

* Individual results may vary and are not guaranteed.

DreamBody’s medical staff will evaluate your individual goals and medical history and discuss expectations with you prior to treatment.