Unexplained Symptoms that May be Due to Hormone Imbalance

From Frustrating to Serious, Your Symptoms Could be Hormone Imbalance

Are you experiencing frustrating unexplained symptoms that seem to have no clear cause? Are you dealing with chronic health complaints on a daily basis, that your doctors have failed to diagnose or remedy? If so, you may be dealing with hormone imbalance!

While extremely common, hormone imbalances are often overlooked – leading to symptoms that can wreak havoc on your health and well-being. Fortunately, hormone therapy offers a safe and effective solution for restoring balance and alleviating symptoms – so you can get your life back on track.

In this article, functional medicine Dr. Nishath Hakim, MD in the Southfield area explains how hormones impact every aspect of your health. And she discusses how hormone therapy, specifically bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) pellets, can help bring your body back into harmony to eliminate your symptoms, so you can enjoy life again.

How Hormones Affect Every Aspect of Health

Hormones play a critical role in regulating almost every function of the body: from metabolism and mood, to sleep, sexual function, weight gain, and energy. But when hormones become imbalanced, whether due to age, stress, menopause, andropause (male menopause), or other factors, it can lead to a wide range of symptoms, including fatigue, weight gain, mood swings, and more.

For women, fluctuations in estrogen and progesterone levels can cause issues such as hot flashes, night sweats, painful sex, aging skin, weight gain, irregular periods, bone loss, heart disease, and more. So, as you can see, hormone imbalance can have a profound impact on a woman’s overall health and quality of life.

Causes of Women’s Hormone Imbalance

Menopause is the most well-known cause of hormone decline. But women of any age can suffer symptoms due to hormone imbalance or deficiency. For women, hormone imbalance can also be caused by stress, dietary factors, and underlying health conditions.

As women age, levels of estrogen and progesterone naturally decline, leading to symptoms such as hot flashes, mood swings, and vaginal dryness. But chronic stress can also disrupt hormone balance by increasing cortisol levels, which can throw other hormones out of whack. And poor diet, lack of exercise, and exposure to environmental toxins can also exacerbate hormone imbalances, making it essential to identify and address these underlying factors.

Hormone Imbalance in Women Under 40

For women under 40, hormone imbalance can manifest in various ways, with conditions like polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) being a common culprit. PCOS is characterized by hormonal imbalances that can lead to irregular periods, acne, weight gain, and excess hair growth. Insulin resistance and high levels of androgens, such as testosterone, are hallmark features of PCOS, contributing to its symptoms. Additionally, stress, poor diet, and lifestyle factors can exacerbate hormone imbalance in younger women, making it essential to address these underlying issues alongside hormone therapy for effective treatment.

Signs of hormone imbalance before perimenopause can include:

  • Heavy or painful periods
  • Fertility issues
  • Excessive hair growth on the face or body
  • Unexplained or rapid weight gain
  • Weight that doesn’t respond to diet or exercise

Hormone Imbalance in Women 40 to 45

Only one percent of women go into the pre-menopausal hormone decline before age 40. But as women approach their early 40s, they may experience perimenopause, the transitional phase leading up to menopause. During this time, hormone levels fluctuate unpredictably, leading to symptoms such as irregular periods, mood swings, and hot flashes. Estrogen levels begin to decline, while progesterone levels may fluctuate, resulting in hormonal imbalance. Stress and lifestyle factors can further disrupt hormone balance during perimenopause, making it crucial for women in this age group to prioritize self-care and seek hormone therapy to alleviate symptoms and support overall well-being.

The earliest signs of perimenopausal hormone imbalance include:

  • Sudden and/or unexplained weight gain
  • Periods that are lighter than usual
  • Three or more missed periods in a row
  • Insomnia or sleep problems
  • Hot flashes
  • Vaginal dryness or itching

And because these symptoms can also be signs of pregnancy or other medical conditions, a hormone imbalance is often missed.

Hormone Imbalance in Women 45-50

Between the ages of 45 and 50, women typically enter menopause, marking the end of their reproductive years. During menopause, estrogen and progesterone levels decline significantly, leading to a wide range of symptoms, including hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, and mood changes. Hormone imbalance during menopause can have a profound impact on quality of life, affecting everything from sleep and mood to bone health and heart health. Hormone therapy, such as BHRT pellets, can help restore hormone balance and alleviate menopausal symptoms, allowing women to navigate this transition with greater ease and comfort.

In addition to the symptoms above, hormone decline at ages 45 to 50 often include:

  • Irritability
  • Fatigue or low energy
  • Mood swings or volatile emotions
  • Night sweats
  • Low sex drive (low libido)
  • Memory issues
  • Trouble concentrating or
  • Thinning hair
  • Dry, wrinkled or crepey skin
  • Increased or irregular heart rate
  • Frequent urinary tract infections (UTIs)

Hormone Imbalance in Women 55 and Beyond

By the age of 55 years old, most women have gone through menopause. A year after a female’s last period, a woman is considered to be in the postmenopausal phase. During the postmenopausal phase, a woman’s risk of heart disease, osteoporosis, Type 2 diabetes, and other serious diseases can also increase – influenced in large part by hormone deficiency.

In addition to the symptoms above, the following problems of hormone decline also become more common:

  • Bladder leaks (urinary incontinence)
  • Increased anxiety
  • Osteoporosis (decreased bone density)
  • Changes in breast tissue
  • Breast tenderness or pain
  • Markedly sagging or wrinkled skin
  • Painful sex
  • Inability or decreased ability to achieve an orgasm

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) can help protect a woman against heart disease, osteoporosis, and many other age-related diseases.

Hormone Imbalance in Women After 55

After the age of 55, women may continue to experience hormone imbalance as they adjust to life post-menopause. Estrogen and progesterone levels remain low, increasing the risk of health issues such as osteoporosis, heart disease, and cognitive decline.

Less Common Symptoms of Hormone Imbalance

While the symptoms above are the most common signs of hormone decline, there are also a number of less common symptoms of hormone imbalance. And while they can be extremely frustrating, because they are less common, they are often misdiagnosed. These can include:

  • Tingling in the hands or feet
  • Bloating
  • Brittle, cracked fingernails
  • Dizziness or balance issues
  • Panic attacks
  • Depression
  • Headaches
  • Burning tongue
  • Digestion issues
  • Muscle or joint pain
  • Changes in body odor

How Hormone Therapy (BHRT Pellets) Can Balance Hormones

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) offers a natural and personalized approach to hormone balancing that can help alleviate these symptoms and restore vitality. BHRT pellets, which are derived from plant-based sources and designed to mimic the body’s natural hormones, are inserted beneath the skin and release hormones gradually over time.

This steady release of hormones helps maintain stable hormone levels, providing consistent symptom relief without the peaks and valleys associated with other forms of hormone therapy. BHRT pellets are customized to each individual’s unique hormone needs based on comprehensive testing and evaluation, ensuring optimal results and minimal side effects.

Hormone therapy can play a crucial role in supporting women’s health and well-being during menopause as well as many stages of life, restoring hormone balance to promote overall vitality and longevity. By addressing hormone imbalance with personalized treatment and comprehensive care, women can thrive at any age and enjoy a vibrant and fulfilling life.

Hormone Therapy | Southfield

If you’re struggling with unexplained symptoms or suspect you may have hormone imbalance, you do NOT have to suffer in silence. Functional medicine doctor Nishath Hakim, MD, in the Southfield area offers hormone therapy, specifically BHRT pellets, that provides a safe and effective solution for restoring balance to your body so you can reclaim your health and restore your quality of life.

By addressing the root cause of your symptoms with personalized hormone therapy, functional medicine doctor Nishath Hakim, MD in the Southfield area can help you achieve lasting relief and improved quality of life.

If you live in the greater Southfield, MI area, don’t wait any longer to take control of your health—schedule a consultation with functional medicine doctor Nishath Hakim, MD today and learn if the transformative benefits of hormone therapy are right for you.

Southfield Hormone Therapy Doctor: 248-997-4242

How Hormone Therapy Can Help Mental Health During Menopause

Don’t Let Menopause Hormone Imbalance Compromise Your Mental Health

Let’s face it: menopause is no picnic in the park. And, most women are aware that with the hormone decline of menopause comes symptoms like hot flashes, low energy, and unwanted weight gain.  But many of our female patients are not aware that hormone decline can also cause serious mental health issues as well.

The good news is that replacing or rebalancing the hormones lost due to menopause can alleviate many symptoms of menopause – as well as help stave off certain serious physical and mental illnesses. This is why understanding the intricate interplay of hormones and their impact on women’s bodies and women’s minds becomes paramount.

In this article, Dr. Nishath Hakim, MD, a renowned functional medicine practitioner in the Southfield, MI area, explores the recent evidence of the relationship between women’s mental health and hormone imbalance.  And she offers insights grounded in evidence-based research into the profoundly beneficial effects of hormone therapy on mental health, menopause, and overall well-being.

Menopause and Depression

Research has shown that women with a history of clinical depression and/or anxiety are more likely to experience recurring clinical depression or anxiety during menopause. The hormonal fluctuations that occur during menopause, particularly the decline in estrogen levels, can impact neurotransmitters in the brain, such as serotonin and dopamine, which play a key role in regulating mood.

Additionally, menopausal symptoms like hot flashes, sleep disturbances, and changes in libido can contribute to feelings of distress and exacerbate underlying mental health conditions. A study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry found that women transitioning through menopause were at increased risk of experiencing depressive symptoms compared to premenopausal women.

Menopause and Bipolar Disorder

Menopause has also been shown in medical research to increase symptoms of bipolar disorder. In some women, the hormonal shifts of menopause compromise neurotransmitter activity in the brain, triggering mood swings and exacerbating symptoms of bipolar disorder.

A study published in the Journal of Affective Disorders found that women with bipolar disorder experienced more severe mood symptoms during perimenopause and menopause compared to women without bipolar disorder. Additionally, hormonal fluctuations during menopause can impact sleep patterns and stress levels, further leading to mood instability in individuals with bipolar disorder.

Menopause and Schizophrenia

The decline in estrogen levels during menopause has also been shown in research studies to trigger or aggravate certain psychotic conditions, including schizophrenia. Estrogen has neuroprotective properties and plays a role in regulating neurotransmitter activity in the brain.

A study published in the journal Schizophrenia Research found that women with schizophrenia experienced worsening symptoms during menopause, including increased hallucinations and delusions. Hormone therapy may be considered as part of the treatment plan for women with schizophrenia experiencing menopausal symptoms to help stabilize mood and reduce psychotic symptoms.

Menopause and Alzheimer’s

Accelerated biological aging is associated with women with a certain genetic Alzheimer’s risk factor. However, hormone therapy may slow this aging process and potentially reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Estrogen plays a crucial role in maintaining brain health and cognitive function, and its decline during menopause has been linked to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease in women.

A study published in Neurology found that women who underwent hormone therapy after menopause had a lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease compared to women who did not receive hormone therapy. Additionally, hormone therapy may help improve cognitive function and reduce the risk of cognitive decline in women during and after menopause.

Hormone Therapy for Menopause Mental Health

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT pellets), offered at Prosperity Health in Southfield, MI, provides a promising, safe and effective solution for many women experiencing mental health issues due to hormone imbalance during menopause. Additionally, BHRT can help alleviate “brain fog”, and memory and concentration issues as well as lower the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

BHRT pellets contain 100% natural, plant-derived, bioidentical hormones that closely mimic the hormones naturally produced by the body, including estrogen and progesterone. By replenishing hormone levels to their optimal range, BHRT pellets can help stabilize mood, reduce anxiety and depression, and improve overall mental well-being.

By addressing the root cause of certain mental health issues that are caused or aggravated by hormonal imbalance, BHRT pellets offer a targeted and effective approach to improving women’s mental well-being during menopause.  Under the guidance of functional medicine doctor Nishath Hakim, MD in the Southfield area, women can explore hormone therapy as a safe and holistic option for reducing or reversing their risk of mental health issues associated with menopause.

Menopause Doctor Southfield

With a comprehensive understanding of hormone therapy’s profound impact on mental health and menopause, functional medicine doctor Nishath Hakim, MD in the Southfield area empowers women to reclaim control over their physical and mental health.

Through personalized BHRT treatment plans and a commitment to holistic care, Dr. Hakim guides her patients toward optimal wellness, ensuring that each step taken is a stride toward a brighter, healthier future, at every age.

Southfield, MI Menopause Doctor: 248-997-4242


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Weight Gain? High Blood Pressure? Reverse Metabolic Syndrome & Get Healthy!

Understanding Metabolic Syndrome Can Help You Restore Your Health

It’s no secret that getting older typically comes with some frustrating conditions: increased weight gain, lower energy, higher blood pressure, aching joints, and in some cases even elevated blood sugar. But most people don’t realize that all of these health conditions are often related to each other – and part of a complex condition known as “metabolic syndrome”.

The good news is that getting older does NOT mean that you have to suffer with these conditions that can slowly destroy your quality of life. By understanding the underlying factors contributing to metabolic syndrome – and addressing them with personalized treatment plans – men and women CAN embark on a journey toward restored health and vitality.

In this article, Dr. Nishath Hakim, MD, a leading functional medicine doctor in the Southfield, MI area, sheds light on the common and multifaceted condition of metabolic syndrome. And she offers insights into how functional medicine can help reverse the course of metabolic syndrome, so you can live with health and vitality at every age.

Metabolic Syndrome & Weight Gain

Metabolic syndrome often manifests with excess weight or obesity, creating a challenging landscape for those seeking optimal health. Dr. Hakim delves into the intricate relationship between metabolic syndrome and weight, exploring how excess body fat (especially around the middle) can exacerbate metabolic dysfunction and increase the risk of related conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.

Through targeted interventions aimed at promoting weight loss and restoring metabolic balance, Dr. Hakim empowers individuals to take control of their health and reverse the trajectory of metabolic syndrome.

For example, Dr. Hakim offers semaglutide weight loss shots (like Ozempic and Wegovy) as part of a comprehensive, personalized weight loss program. Semaglutide works by slowing stomach emptying, decreasing appetite, and creating feelings of fullness, leading to rapid and significant weight loss.

Dr. Hakim closely monitors patients’ progress and adjusts weight loss treatments as needed, so patients can pursue a weight loss using evidence-based medical weight loss that really works.

Metabolic Syndrome and Heart Disease

Blood pressure creeping up? Serious heart disease is often a significant consequence of untreated metabolic syndrome, highlighting the critical need for intervention and prevention strategies. There are intricate mechanisms within the body that link metabolic syndrome to cardiovascular health. Inflammation, insulin resistance, and cholesterol problems (dyslipidemia) contribute to atherosclerosis and coronary artery disease.

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the #1 killer of men and women in the US, but the great news is that most cases are preventable. By implementing lifestyle modifications, dietary changes, hormone balancing, and other targeted therapies, Dr. Hakim can help men and women lower their blood pressure, decrease dangerous cholesterol, and significantly reduce their risk of heart disease.

Dr. Hakim has received specialized training in the BaleDoneen Method of heart disease prevention. This method uses traditional assessment factors (weight, age, blood pressure, cholesterol levels) combined with advanced detection methods (including blood work and lab tests) to provide one of the most accurate cardiovascular risk assessments available.

Dr. Hakim then uses these cardiac risk assessments to create a personalized integrative prevention plan that include steps to lower risk and stop heart disease before starts.

Metabolic Syndrome and Diabetes

Metabolic syndrome is a significant contributing factor to the development of Type 2 Diabetes in men and women – leading to insulin resistance and an impaired ability of the body to properly metabolize glucose (sugar).

Through comprehensive evaluation and personalized treatment plans, functional medicine doctors like Dr. Hakim in the Southfield, MI area provides individuals with the tools they need to manage blood sugar levels, improve insulin sensitivity, and prevent or even reverse onset of Type 2 diabetes and its related complications.

How Functional Medicine Addresses Metabolic Syndrome

Functional medicine takes a comprehensive and personalized approach to addressing metabolic syndrome, recognizing that it is not a standalone condition but rather a complex set of interconnected imbalances within the body. To begin with, Dr. Nishath Hakim, MD, utilizes advanced diagnostic testing and thorough patient evaluations to uncover the underlying root causes contributing to the patient’s metabolic dysfunction. By delving into factors such as genetics, lifestyle habits, environmental influences, hormone deficiencies, and gut health, Dr. Hakim identifies the unique triggers contributing to metabolic syndrome in each individual.

Through targeted treatments, functional medicine rebalances the body’s systems as a whole, to restore optimal function. Rather than treat each symptom individually with harsh medications that only address symptoms, Dr. Hakim employs a multifaceted treatment approach that may include dietary modifications, nutritional supplementation, exercise regimens, stress management techniques, and hormone optimization.

By addressing the root causes of metabolic syndrome rather than merely masking symptoms with medications, functional medicine offers individuals a path toward sustainable health, vitality, and longevity.

Treatments to Reverse Metabolic Syndrome

Reversing metabolic syndrome requires a comprehensive and integrative approach that addresses its underlying causes while promoting overall health and wellness. Dr. Nishath Hakim, MD, employs a range of evidence-based treatments to target the key components of metabolic dysfunction and restore metabolic balance. Dietary interventions play a central role in treatment, with an emphasis on whole foods, nutrient-dense eating plans, and personalized nutrition protocols tailored to each individual’s unique needs.

In addition to dietary modifications, Dr. Hakim may recommend targeted lifestyle interventions aimed at promoting weight loss, improving insulin sensitivity, and reducing inflammation. These interventions may include regular physical activity, stress reduction techniques, adequate sleep hygiene, and smoking cessation support. Depending on the specific needs of the patient, Dr. Hakim may also utilize targeted therapies such as weight loss medications, nutritional supplements, and hormone therapy to address underlying imbalances and restore metabolic health.

Through a collaborative and patient-centered approach, Dr. Hakim works closely with each individual to develop a customized treatment plan that addresses their unique needs and goals. By empowering patients with the knowledge, tools, and support they need to take control of their health, Dr. Hakim guides them toward lasting transformation and reversal of metabolic syndrome.

Metabolic Syndrome Doctor | Royal Oak

Functional medicine doctors like Dr. Nishath Hakim, MD, in Southfield, MI focus on treating the root cause rather than merely managing symptoms, for patients suffering from metabolic syndrome. By identifying the complex factors contributing to metabolic syndrome, and addressing them through a holistic approach, Dr. Nishath Hakim, MD, in Southfield, MI helps individuals reverse the course of metabolic syndrome and embark on a path toward renewed health, vitality, and longevity.

Royal Oak Metabolic Syndrome Doctor: 248-997-4242

Why More Men Are Getting Botox & Other Aesthetic Treatments

Earn More with Men’s Botox & Other Aesthetic Treatments

In a world where first impressions matter – and where all of us our on our screens all of the time – men are increasingly turning to non-surgical aesthetic treatments to enhance their appearance and boost their confidence. The shift in increased men’s aesthetic treatments is notable, with statistics from reputable sources like the American Academy of Plastic Surgeons revealing a significant increase in men seeking non-surgical procedures.

But this trend in increased men’s cosmetic procedures is NOT just about vanity! Studies show that younger looking and attractive men, tend to both earn more and be promoted more frequently.

Dr. Nishath Hakim of Prosperity Health in Royal Oak, MI, recognizes that part of providing comprehensive care for men is helping them look as good on the outside as they feel on the inside. So, as part of her functional medicine approach, she offers natural treatments that help men look as good and young as they feel, without any telltale signs that look like they have “had work done”.

The Increase in Men’s Aesthetic Treatments

Several studies and surveys point to rising interest among men in non-surgical aesthetic treatments. According to the AAD 2023 Aesthetics Trends Survey, 39% of male respondents reported considering an aesthetic procedure in the next year, up from 35% in 2022. And in the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) 2022 Global Statistics, men now accounted for 15.6% of all aesthetic procedures worldwide in 2022, indicating a significant increase.

And there is a significant amount of research and evidence supporting the idea that men perceived as younger and/or more attractive earn more and are more likely to be promoted. In 2023 a study published in the Journal of Business Psychology found that men perceived as more attractive earned 9% more than their average-looking counterparts. This effect remained even after controlling for factors like education and experience.

And a 2021 review of 38 studies published in the Journal of Applied Psychology concluded that physical attractiveness positively influences career advancement for men. Men perceived as more attractive were more likely to be promoted and held higher-level positions.

Another 2022 study reported in the Journal of Organizational Behavior found that men with youthful facial features earned 10% more than those with mature features. This held true even across different occupations and industries. This supports the research in a 2020 report in the Journal of Human Resources that found men with more “baby-faced” features were perceived as more competent and trustworthy by managers, leading to a higher chance of promotion.

Scientists sometimes refer to this as the “Halo Effect” – in which attractive individuals are often stereotyped as being more intelligent, competent, and likable, leading to better evaluations and career opportunities.

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“Brotox” – Men’s Botox & Xeomin

And according to statistics released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons in 2022, Botox and similar Botulinum injections like Xeomin, ranked as the number one minimally invasive aesthetic procedures among men – even ahead of laser hair removal.

Men, driven by workplace competition and the desire to present their best selves in the era of Zoom meetings, social media posts, and online dating, are increasingly seeking these treatments. Dr. Hakim at Prosperity Health in Royal Oak,  specializes in providing “Brotox,” a term affectionately coined for Botox and Xeomin treatments tailored to enhance masculine features without compromising a natural appearance.

Men’s Juvéderm

Juvéderm, is a line of natural dermal fillers whose main ingredient is hyaluronic acid-based – which is a naturally occurring sugar molecule found in the body. Juvéderm works by absorbing and binding 1000s of times its weight in water – which plumps the skin and fills wrinkles and lines for a more youthful appearance. Juvéderm dermal fillers, available at Prosperity Health in Royal Oak, come in a wide range of formulas designed to address various aesthetic concerns in men. From smoothing out wrinkles to restoring volume, Juvéderm’s versatility makes it an ideal choice for men seeking subtle and natural looking, yet impactful, improvements in their appearance.

One noteworthy formulation, Juvéderm Volux, is gaining popularity among men for its ability to sculp a more defined and masculine jawline. This firmer Juvéderm formula holds its shape, feeling like natural bone, to enhance the contours of a man’s face, providing a chiseled chin and jaw that aligns with standards of male attractiveness.

Men’s Wrinkle and Scar Reduction

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) combined with microneedling is another natural approach to skin rejuvenation, at Prosperity Health in Royal Oak. PRP uses the body’s own innate healing mechanisms to reduce lines and wrinkles as well as minimize scars.

PRP, derived from your blood, is rich in growth factors and platelets that stimulate cellular repair. Microneedling creates micro-injuries, prompting the skin to naturally regenerate and renew. The combination of PRP and Microneedling enhances the skin’s repair process, encouraging the production of collagen and elastin. This leads to improved skin texture, reduced fine lines, and a youthful glow.

PRP and Microneedling can also be highly effective in reducing the appearance of scars, including acne scars. The treatment supports the restructuring of damaged skin tissue.

Men’s Fat Reduction, Weight Loss & Muscle Building

In addition to restoring sexual vitality and performance, Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) offers a range of aesthetic appearance benefits for men.

Hormonal imbalances, especially declining testosterone levels, can contribute to muscle loss. BHRT helps restore testosterone levels, aiding in the maintenance and growth of lean muscle mass. Hormonal fluctuations, particularly imbalances in cortisol and testosterone, can also contribute to the accumulation of abdominal fat. BHRT addresses these imbalances, resulting in a reduction in men’s belly fat.

As an added bonus, the hormonal balance achieved through BHRT contributes to skin elasticity and collagen production. This can enhance men’s skin health, promoting a more youthful and vibrant complexion.

Semaglutide, a groundbreaking medication found in both Ozempic and Wegovy, is also making waves as a men’s weight loss treatment. This injectable medication, a glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonist, works by mimicking the function of a naturally occurring hormone in the body.

For men struggling with weight management, Semaglutide offers a unique and promising solution. It operates by influencing appetite regulation and satiety, primarily targeting the areas of the brain that control hunger. By signaling a sense of fullness, individuals are likely to consume fewer calories, leading to gradual and sustainable weight loss.

One notable additional advantage of Semaglutide is its ability to address not only weight loss but also associated health concerns. It has demonstrated efficacy in improving cardiovascular health and reducing the risk of obesity-related complications. As men often face unique challenges in weight loss, Semaglutide provides a valuable tool that works in harmony with the body’s natural processes, offering a comprehensive approach to achieving and maintaining a healthier weight.

Men’s Aesthetic Treatments | Royal Oak

As men increasingly recognize the benefits of non-surgical aesthetic treatments, Dr. Nishath Hakim in Royal Oak remains committed to offering personalized and natural solutions. Her approach is to help men achieve their appearance goals while maintaining authenticity and ensuring their results seamlessly integrate into their overall look.

The men’s aesthetic treatments at Prosperity Health in Royal Oak are designed to work harmoniously with the body’s natural processes, ensuring that the results are subtle, natural-looking, and in line with each patient’s unique features.

If you live in the greater Roya Oak area and would like to explore the treatments that can help you look younger and more attractive, in a discreet, comfortable, medical environment, schedule a men’s aesthetic consultation with Dr. Hakim today.

Men’s Aesthetic Treatments | Royal Oak: 248-997-4242


Anti-Aging Doctor’s Tips to Prevent & Reverse Wrinkles

Look & Feel Younger with Anti Aging Doctor Nishath Hakim, MD

You’ve probably heard the old adage that “beauty is only skin deep.” But wanting to banish wrinkles in order to look more youthful is much more than a superficial concern! Studies have shown that looking younger can have a positive impact on various aspects of life, including self-confidence, social interactions, and professional opportunities.

That is why anti-aging doctor Nishath Hakim at Prosperity Health in Royal Oak offers patients an array of tools to match the vibrancy they feel on the inside with their outward appearance. In this article, we explore the science behind wrinkles, and Doctor Hakim shares expert’s tips for preventing and reversing the wrinkles and other telltale signs of aging.

Why Bother Fighting Wrinkles?

Studies have shown that individuals perceived as younger tend to be viewed as more attractive, trustworthy, and competent. This can lead to increased self-esteem, enhanced social interactions, and greater success in the workplace.

A 2018 study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found that individuals perceived as more attractive reported higher levels of self-esteem. This suggests that looking younger can contribute to a more positive self-image and increased confidence.

Additionally, looking younger can enhance social interactions. A 2019 study published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology found that individuals perceived as younger were rated as more approachable and friendly. This can lead to improved social interactions, stronger relationships, and a greater sense of belonging.

And while you can’t put a price tag on looking youthful, in the professional sphere, looking younger can also play a role in career advancement. A 2021 study published in the journal Personnel Review found that individuals perceived as younger were rated as more competent and promotable.

What Causes Wrinkles

The natural aging process – including the decline in hormone production and exposure to sun – results in a reduction in collagen and elastin production, which are the proteins crucial for maintaining skin structure and elasticity. As these components decline, skin loses its firmness, tone, and resilience, and wrinkles form.

Facial expressions, such as smiling or frowning, lead to what are called ‘dynamic wrinkles’. Examples of dynamic wrinkles include furrow between the eyebrows when scowling, or the ‘puppet lines’ next to the mouth when you smile. However, over time, the skin’s ability to bounce back diminishes, resulting in these lines and creases becoming permanently etched into the face as ‘static wrinkles.”

As collagen diminishes, static wrinkles emerge, appearing even at rest. These are often more pronounced and may require targeted interventions for effective reduction.

Anti Aging Doctor’s Tips to Prevent Wrinkles

#1. Use Sunscreen & Avoid Sun Exposure

Sun exposure is a leading cause of premature aging. Regular use of sunscreen shields the skin from harmful UV rays, preventing collagen breakdown and the formation of fine lines. Anti aging doctors universally emphasize the paramount importance of sunscreen in wrinkle prevention.

#2. Moisturize & Hydrate:

Adequate hydration and moisturization are essential for maintaining skin health. Well-hydrated skin is plump and supple, this prevents the development of dynamic lines that can lead to permanent static wrinkles and creases. Sufficient hydration also helps flush skin-damaging toxins and free radicals from the body to protect the skin from harm.

Drink at least 8 glasses of water per day to stay hydrated from the inside. And visit Dr. Hakim’s Fullscript online store for a curated collection of safe, natural, affordable, and effective skin care products that moisturize from the outside in.

#3. BHRT Hormone Balancing to Prevent Wrinkles for Skin Health

Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) isn’t just for addressing internal health concerns. The protein building blocks of healthy skin – including collagen and elastin – rely on balanced hormone levels for synthesis.

More specifically, a decline in estrogen levels directly correlates to decreased production of collagen and elastin. According to clinical study published Dermatology Online Journal (2019), this leads to deeper and more prominent wrinkles.

Dr. Hakim incorporates BHRT into anti aging strategies and treatment plans, recognizing its role in overall health as well as improving skin health.

#4. Nutrition and Supplements to Prevent Skin Health

You are what you eat, as they say! But with busy lifestyles it is often difficult to get a balanced diet rich in the antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that supports overall skin health.

Dr. Hakim at Prosperity Health in Royal Oak can provide personalized nutritional guidance for skin health. And she and can recommend the best supplements to enhance skin vitality, available from her online FullScript store.

#5. Botox & Xeomin Can Actually Prevent Wrinkles!

Contrary to popular belief, Botox and Xeomin aren’t solely for addressing existing wrinkles. When strategically administered, both Botox and Xeomin treatments can prevent the formation of wrinkles! By relaxing facial muscles, Botox and Xeomin stop dynamic wrinkles and ‘expression lines” from occurring – which prevents permanent, static wrinkles from becoming etched in the face.

Dr. Hakim utilizes his expertise to customize treatments that preserve natural facial expressions while proactively preventing lines and wrinkles.

Anti Aging Doctor’s Tips to Reverse Wrinkles

It’s never to late to take these preventative steps. But if wrinkles and lines have already added some years to your appearance, it’s not to late to reverse them!

#1. Botox & Xeomin Erase Wrinkles & Creases

Botox and Xeomin stand as powerful tools in the arsenal against wrinkles. Dr. Hakim skillfully utilizes these neurotoxins to target and relax specific muscles responsible for wrinkles. By temporarily paralyzing these muscles, these treatments smooth out existing lines – especially in the forehead, between the eyes, and on the outside corners of the eyes (aka ‘crows’ feet’).

Dr. Hakim’s skilled and meticulous approach to Botox ensures a natural, youthful look while still preserving facial expressions – so you always look younger but never look ‘frozen’.

#2. Dermal Fillers Reduce Wrinkles & Lines

Dermal fillers are a cornerstone in Dr. Hakim’s anti-aging toolkit, offering a non-surgical solution to restore volume, plump sagging contours, and reduce the appearance of wrinkles, lines, and folds. Dr. Hakim specializes in the Juvéderm and Restylane families of dermal fillers, tailoring each patient’s treatments to address their specific, unique concerns.

Both the Juvéderm and Restylane Family of Fillers are made of hyaluronic acid (“HA”) – a sugar molecule that occurs naturally in the body. HA has the capacity to hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water. This remarkable water-binding ability contributes to the hydrating and plumping effects of hyaluronic acid when injected into the skin – adding volume and structure to the skin, while reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

And because hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in the body, it is well-tolerated by most people, and allergic reactions or other side effects are exceedingly rare. HA fillers also provide long-lasting wrinkle reduction results, with some formulas lasting up to 2 years or longer.

#3. PRP Microneedling to Reduce Wrinkles

Cellular Rejuvenation is the newest technology available at Prosperity Health in Royal Oak to help unveiling radiant, wrinkle-free skin.  Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP), derived from the patient’s own blood, is rich in growth factors that stimulate collagen and elastin production.

When combined with microneedling, this treatment enhances skin texture, reduces fine lines, and promotes a natural glow. Dr. Hakim’s meticulous approach ensures the rejuvenation of skin at a cellular level, unveiling a refreshed and radiant complexion.

Anti Aging Doctor Nishath Hakim, MD in Royal Oak

Dr. Nishath Hakim at Prosperity Health in Royal Oak offers an array of cutting-edge treatments to both prevent new wrinkles from forming – and reverse wrinkles you already have – to reveal timeless beauty. By addressing the root causes of aging and employing a combination of medical expertise and advanced treatments, Dr. Hakim tailors anti-aging plans to meet the unique needs of each patient.

Dr. Hakim’s commitment to natural health and vitality ensures that every patient not only feels their best – but also looks their most radiant and youthful. Schedule an appointment with anti aging doctor Nishath Hakim, MD at Prosperity Health in Royal Oak and she will help you find the solution for wrinkles and other signs of aging – so you can live with confidence and vigor at every age.

Anti Aging | Royal Oak: 248-997-4242

Hyaluronic Acid: Nature’s Anti-Aging Molecule & Natural Dermal Filler

Learn Why the Hype Surrounding HA Dermal Fillers is Well Deserved!

If you watch TV or spend any time on social media, you already know that hyaluronic acid (HA) is taking the world of skincare, aesthetics, and wellness by storm. The buzz around “HA” is almost impossible to miss – with everyone from social media influencers to skin care advertisements and even celebrities and their doctors, talking about the transformative properties of hyaluronic acid.

So, what’s all the buzz about? And is “HA” really the ‘miracle molecule’ that it’s claimed up to be? In this article, natural medicine doctor Nishath Hakim, MD at Prosperity Health in Royal Oak, MI takes a deep dive into significance of HA and its multiple applications in promoting youthful skin, tissue health, and overall well-being.

What is Hyaluronic Acid?

Hyaluronic acid is actually a naturally occurring substance produced by the human body. It is a remarkable molecule found throughout virtually the entire human body. It’s a crucial component of connective tissues, joints, and, importantly, the skin. In the skin, HA plays a vital role in maintaining hydration, suppleness, and elasticity.

However, as we age, the body’s production of HA starts to decline, leading to a wide array of signs of aging – from sore and creaky joints to skin issues such as wrinkles, fine lines, loss of volume, and sagging.

And, hyaluronic acid’s significance also extends far beyond its role in skincare and aesthetics, as it plays a pivotal role in various physiological processes at the cellular level.

Biological Production of Hyaluronic Acid

Let’s get a little scientific here. HA is made in the body when it is synthesized by specialized enzymes known as hyaluronan synthases. The production primarily occurs in cell membranes, where HA “chains” are made by linking together molecules.

Once synthesized, these hyaluronic acid “chains” can vary greatly in size, ranging from relatively small fragments to much larger chains, depending on their location within the body and their intended function.

Here are just some of the places hyaluronic acid goes to work in the human body:

  • Connective Tissues: HA’s unique properties allow it to retain water and provide tissues with structural support, hydration, and lubrication. This is especially important in cartilage, where HA helps maintain joint health by cushioning and lubricating the spaces between bones.
  • Eyes: HA is a component of the vitreous humor, the gel-like substance that fills the eyeball. It helps maintain the eye’s shape, transparency, and optical properties.
  • Immune Response: Hyaluronic acid helps modulate immune responses, particularly in inflammation and tissue repair.  
  • Cellular Repair: HA also plays a role in wound healing and repair of damaged cells. It influences various cellular processes, including inflammation, tissue repair, and cell migration.
  • Skin: Hyaluronic acid is found in the dermis and epidermis (Superficial and deep layers of the skin), where it contributes to hydration and elasticity. HA’s water-attracting capabilities help maintain skin moisture, resulting in a plump and youthful appearance.

Hyaluronic Acid for AntiAging & Dermal Fillers

In ophthalmology, HA is used in procedures like cataract surgery. In orthopedics, it’s employed for joint lubrication and pain relief.

And because of its unique properties, HA has become a crucial ingredient in antiaging and aesthetic treatments such as dermal fillers. In aesthetic medicine, HA dermal fillers are used to restore volume, reduce wrinkles, and enhance facial contours.

Hyaluronic Acid Supplements: Restoring HA from the Inside Out

In recent years, the use of natural Hyaluronic Acid supplements has gained popularity as a holistic approach to skin health and anti-aging. These supplements aim to support the body’s internal production of HA, promoting skin hydration and resilience from within.

By replenishing HA levels, individuals may experience improved skin texture, reduced dryness, and a more youthful appearance. Many of our Royal Oak area patients noticed a significant improvement in skin tone, smoothness, and texture after a few weeks of taking hyaluronic acid supplements.

A wide array of specially curated, natural, and effective hyaluronic acid supplements is available on Dr. Hakim’s online Wellevate store. You can shop for them HERE.

Hyaluronic Acid Dermal Fillers: Restoring HA from the Outside In

One of the most popular applications of hyaluronic acid is as a dermal filler in aesthetic and antiaging treatments. Natural dermal filler brands – including Restylane and Belotero available at Prosperity Health in Royal Oak – all utilize HA to combat the signs of aging.

During dermal filler treatments at Prosperity Health in Royal Oak Dr. Hakim skillfully injects the HA dermal filler into targeted areas of the skin to restore volume, smooth wrinkles, fill lines, and enhance facial contours. Thicker hyaluronic acid dermal filler formulas – like Restylane Kiss – can also be used to enlarge or enhance the lips.

HA dermal fillers are celebrated for their safety, versatility, and for their natural-looking and natural feeling results. Because they are comprised of a substance naturally found in the human body, they offer a safe and natural solution for addressing various concerns, including nasolabial folds, marionette lines, lip augmentation, and more.

The hyaluronic acid fillers work just like the body’s HA does: by attracting and retaining moisture, plumping the skin, and stimulating collagen production, all of which contribute to a more youthful, rejuvenated appearance.

Hyaluronic Acid Dermal Fillers & Supplements | Royal Oak

Now you can see why hyaluronic acid has earned its reputation as nature’s natural anti-ager and dermal filler, thanks to its remarkable ability to rejuvenate the skin from the inside out. Dr. Nishath Hakim at Prosperity Health is highly trained and experienced in the art of hyaluronic acid dermal fillers, customizing treatments to each patient’s unique needs, ensuring optimal results while preserving their natural beauty.

Hyaluronic acid is more than just a buzzword in skincare and aesthetics; it’s a fundamental molecule that plays vital roles in multiple aspects of human biology that is now being harnessed to help patients achieve radiant, youthful skin and overall well-being in the Royal Oak, MI area.

If you are looking for younger or more beautiful skin, SHOP HERE for hyaluronic acid supplements – or schedule a dermal filler appointment at Prosperity Health in Royal Oak today. And see what hyaluronic acid can do for you!

Dermal Fillers | Royal Oak: 248-997-4242


Restylane Dermal Fillers: Answers to Patients’ Frequently Asked Questions

Top 10 Restylane Dermal Filler FAQs

At Prosperity Health in Royal Oak, MI, Dr. Nishath Hakim understands that her patients not only want to enjoy vitality on the inside – but also want a youthful and refreshed appearance on the outside. In order to help her patients look as young as they feel, Dr. Hakim is commitment to providing top-tier, 100% natural aesthetic treatments like Restylane dermal fillers.

Restylane is one of the dermal fillers preferred for facial rejuvenation by Dr. Hakim, because it uses hyaluronic acid (HA), a naturally occurring substance found in the human body.

If you’re considering a rejuvenating treatment like Restylane dermal fillers at Prosperity Health in Royal Oak, MI, you likely have questions about the procedure, its benefits, and what to expect. In this articles we’ve compiled our patients’ most frequently asked questions about Restylane, to help you gain a better understanding of this popular cosmetic enhancement.

  1. What is Restylane Dermal Filler, and How Does it Work?

Restylane dermal filler is a hyaluronic acid-based injectable designed to add volume and fullness to the skin. It works by attracting and retaining moisture, which plumps the skin, smooths wrinkles, and enhances facial contours.

  1. Why is Restylane Considered a Natural Dermal Filler?

The hyaluronic acid produced by the body plays a crucial role in retaining moisture within the skin and tissues, giving the skin its youthful plumpness and suppleness. But as we age, the body’s production of HA declines – contributing to lax and sagging skin that results in lines, wrinkles, and hollow contours.

Restylane use a form of hyaluronic acid that that is almost identical to what the body produces – making it Restylane is not only a natural antiaging treatment, but also one that is exceptionally well-tolerated by the majority of patients.

  1. Is Restylane Dermal Filler Safe?

Restylane dermal filler is FDA-approved and considered exceptionally safe when administered by a trained and experienced medical professional. Clinical studies have shown that, because of their “bioidentical” formulation and ingredients, hyaluronic acids almost never lead to infection, allergic reaction, or other adverse complication when administered by a skilled medical professional.

Dr. Nishath Hakim at Prosperity Health is a skilled medical doctor who ensures your safety and satisfaction.

  1. What Areas Can be Treated with Restylane Dermal Filler?

Restylane dermal filler is versatile and can be used to address various areas of concern, including nasolabial folds (smile lines), marionette lines, lip augmentation, and under-eye hollows. There are different Restylane formulas – with different thicknesses or ‘viscosities’ – each formulated for specific areas of the face.

  1. How Long Do the Results of Restylane Dermal Filler Last?

The duration of Restylane’s results can vary depending on factors, including which formula is used, the treatment area, and the patient’s individual metabolism. Thinner formulas used to fill very fine spread and are absorbed faster than thicker formulations. Additionally, areas of the face used a lot – like the lips (chewing, talking, laughing, etc.) – will absorb more quickly than other areas.

Typically, Restylane dermal filler results can last from six months to over a year and a half. See the individual formulations below for the general “ball park” longevity of each Restylane dermal filler formula.

  1. What are the Different Restylane Formulas?

Restylane Silk is commonly used for lip augmentation and fine lines around the mouth, with results typically lasting around 6-9 months.

Restylane Kiss is designed specifically for lip enhancement, providing fullness and definition that can last up to 12 months.

Restylane Defyne is used to smooth moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, offering natural-looking results that can endure for up to 12-18 months.

Restylane Refyne addresses moderate facial wrinkles and lines while maintaining natural facial expressions, with results lasting approximately 12-18 months.

Restylane Contour is formulated to sculpt and contour the cheeks and chin, achieving a more youthful appearance that can last for up to 12-18 months.

  1. What Is the Difference Between Restylane & Other Dermal Fillers?

Restylane is just one brand of dermal filler, and the primary difference lies in its specific formulation. It uses a proprietary “crosslink” technology that is known for its smooth consistency and ability to deliver natural-looking results.

Dr. Nishath Hakim will help determine the most suitable dermal filler for your unique needs during your consultation.

  1. Is There Any Downtime After Restylane Dermal Fillers?

Restylane dermal filler treatments typically have minimal to no downtime. You can resume your daily activities immediately after the procedure. Some mild swelling or bruising may occur but can be easily managed and dissipates quickly.

  1. Are Restylane Dermal Filler Injections Painful?

Most patients report minimal discomfort during Restylane dermal filler injections. The product itself contains lidocaine right in the formula, a local anesthetic, to enhance comfort. Additionally, Dr. Nishath Hakim can use topical numbing agents if needed or desired by the patient.

  1. How Soon Will I See Results After Restylane Dermal Filler Treatment?

You can expect to see immediate results following your Restylane dermal filler treatment at Prosperity Health in Royal Oak. As the product settles and any initial swelling subsides, your final results will become more apparent.

Restylane Dermal Fillers | Royal Oak

This safety profile and the ability to deliver natural-looking results make Restylane Dr. Hakim’s choice for those seeking to turn back the clock without the need for invasive surgery. Dr. Hakim’s expertise and personalized approach ensure that her patients can regain their youthful confidence while maintaining a harmonious and authentic appearance.

Prosperity Health in Royal Oak is dedicated to helping patients achieve their aesthetic goals while prioritizing their well-being and safety. Dr. Hakim offers expert guidance and exceptional results with Restylane dermal filler.

If you have more questions or would like to schedule a consultation, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. At Prosperity Health in Royal Oak, MI we’re here to help you achieve your aesthetic goals and enhance your natural beauty.

Restylane Dermal Fillers | Royal Oak: 248-997-4242


Six Natural Anti-Aging Treatments that Really Work

Look & Feel Younger with These Anti-Aging Treatments

The pursuit of eternal youth is an age-old aspiration that has captured the imagination of many people since the beginning of time. But modern scientific discoveries and advancements in medical and aesthetic treatments have finally made the dream of “turning back time” a reality.

Recently, the spotlight was cast on tech billionaire Bryan Johnson, who reportedly invests a staggering $2 million every year in a comprehensive medical regimen to reverse aging. While this approach is clearly extravagant, the truth is that maintaining youthful vitality and fighting signs of aging isn’t reserved only for the rich and famous.

At Prosperity Health in Royal Oak, MI, Dr. Nishath Hakim offers several highly effective, natural anti-aging solutions that can offer transformative benefits that turn back the clock – without breaking the bank!

Why “Natural” Anti Aging?

In a world inundated with painful and ‘fake-looking’ cosmetic surgeries and other elaborate artificial interventions, there also exists effective, natural anti-aging solutions. These treatments available at Prosperity Health in Royal Oak, MI  harness the body’s innate potential for repair and rejuvenation.

By adopting a holistic approach that focuses on enhancing overall health and well-being, Dr. Hakim can help you can unlock the secrets to aging beautifully, gracefully, and healthily – so you feel and look great at every age and stage of life!

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement for Natural Anti Aging

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) has emerged as a natural and highly effective treatment for combating the effects of aging. As we get older, it is not age itself – but the hormonal decline of menopause and andropause – that can contribute to a range of medical and cosmetic issues.

Hormone production is necessary for sexual health, performance, and enjoyment – and much more. In women, estrogen helps keeps skin soft, firm, and elastic for a youthful appearance. In men, testosterone helps build muscle and burn fat. But declining hormone levels can lead to many signs of aging, including wrinkles and sagging skin, increased weight / body fat and decreased muscle, low sex drive, and loss of energy.

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy naturally combats and even reverses these signs of aging, by utilizing hormones that are structurally identical to those naturally produced by the body. By restoring hormone balance, BHRT can enhance energy levels, reverse weight gain, improve skin and hair, and overall vitality, helping you look and feel like your vibrant, youthful self once again.

BaleDoneen Heart Disease Prevention

Declining heart health is one of the most common – and most dangerous – aspects of aging. In fact, Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the #1 killer of men and women in the US. But the great news is that many cases are preventable.

The BaleDoneen method offered at Prosperity Health in Royal Oak by Dr. Nishath Hakim takes a proactive stance on heart disease prevention by identifying and addressing underlying factors that contribute to cardiovascular issues.

By managing inflammation, optimizing cholesterol levels, and embracing lifestyle changes, the BaleDoneen method can significantly enhance patients’ chances of living a longer, healthier life. This natural approach to cardiovascular health empowers patients to identify and address risks to heart health in the earliest stages – lowering risk and stopping heart disease before it starts.

Micronutrient Testing & Anti Aging

The key to radiant skin, healthy hair, weight management, and sustained youthful vitality often lies within the nutrients you provide your body. Micronutrient testing offers personalized insights into your body’s nutritional status, allowing you to identify deficiencies that may contribute to skin problems, weight gain, loss of energy and other signs of premature aging.

Micronutrient Testing offered at Prosperity Health in Royal Oak enables Dr. Nishath Hakim to help patients customize their diet and supplement regimen based on these insights.

By properly nourishing your body from within, you promote cellular health, which plays a pivotal role in natural anti-aging. Micronutrient Testing can help you adjust your diet and identify the supplements that will help restore a youthful appearance on the outside – and youthful health and vitality on the inside!

Natural Anti Aging Aesthetic Treatments

At Prosperity Health in Royal Oak, MI, Dr. Nishath Hakim understands that achieving a youthful appearance can help her patients look as good on the outside as they feel on the inside. That is why she offers natural aesthetic treatments as a safe and effective ways to reverse signs of aging.

Natural PRP Facials for Anti Aging

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment, often referred to in the media as the “vampire facial,” has captured attention of celebrities as a skin rejuvenating and anti aging solution. But PRP has actually been used in regenerative medicine for decades – including by orthopedic doctors to regenerate damaged joints.

This anti aging treatment is 100% natural, as it involves using the body’s own plasma, rich in growth factors, to stimulate collagen production and tissue regeneration. The natural PRP anti aging facial enhances skin texture, reduces fine lines, and restores firmness and elasticity to the skin.

By utilizing your body’s natural healing powers, PRP treatment offers a safe and gentle approach to anti aging that’s well-aligned with the principles of natural aesthetics.

Microneedling for Natural Anti Aging

Microneedling is another natural anti aging treatment available at Prosperity Health in Royal Oak, that is popular for its ability to reverse the effects of time on the skin. This minimally invasive procedure involves creating tiny micro-injuries on the skin’s surface, prompting the body’s natural healing response and collagen production. The result is improved skin texture, reduced fine lines, and a revitalized appearance.

Microneedling is celebrated for its ability to deliver impressive anti aging results without the need for surgery or downtime, making it one of our most sought-after procedures for turning back time and naturally enhancing beauty.

Natural Hyaluronic Acid Facial Fillers

Many patients are surprised to learn that hyaluronic acid facial fillers like Juvéderm are a natural aesthetic treatment. Hyaluronic acid (HA) is actually a naturally occurring substance in the body that provides hydration and volume to the skin. HA fillers can target lines, wrinkles, and areas of volume loss, restoring youthful contours and softness, by restoring hyaluronic acid to aging areas of the face.

Hyaluronic acid fillers have the ability to naturally integrate with the body’s tissues and gradually dissipate over time making them a preferred choice for patients seeking beautiful, natural anti aging results.

Natural Anti Aging Treatments | Royal Oak

Natural anti-aging treatments, such as bioidentical hormone replacement, BaleDoneen heart disease prevention, and micronutrient testing, offer accessible and effective strategies that can redefine the aging process – enabling our patients to live life with health and vitality at every age.

And our natural aesthetic treatments enable patients to enhance their beauty and turn back the clock on aging with natural procedures. With PRP facial treatments, microneedling, and hyaluronic acid facial fillers cosmetic science harmonizes with the body’s natural processes to restore a youthful appearance.

Dr. Nishath Hakim at Prosperity Health in Royal Oak, MI is committed to offering these innovative, natural, anti-aging treatments paving the way for a healthier, happier, and naturally youthful future at every age.

Anti Aging Treatments | Royal Oak: 248-997-4242


Why PRP Microneedling is Better than Laser Treatments

PRP Microneedling: Safer, Cheaper, Natural Skin Rejuvenation

At Prosperity Health in Royal Oak, MI, Dr. Nishath Hakim offers several natural medical and cosmetic anti-aging treatments – so that her patients feel their best while also maintaining the confidence that comes with looking their best.

And, of course, the most visible sign of aging is wrinkled and sagging skin that can add years to a woman or man’s appearance. However, while there are many laser treatments available at spas that offer skin rejuvenation – many patients do not want to incur the large expense, pain, and extended downtime of ablative laser treatments.

As an alternative to harsh laser treatments, Dr. Nishath Hakim at Prosperity Health in Royal Oak, MI offers microneedling with PRP as a superior, 100% natural anti-aging and skin rejuvenation treatment. In this article, Dr. Nishath Hakim explains how PRP microneedling outshines ablative lasers with a gentle but powerful treatment that rejuvenates skin by harmonizing with the body’s own natural repair processes.

The Disadvantages of Ablative Lasers

Ablative laser treatments involve the removal of the outer layers of skin, Not only is this painful, but it often leads to extended downtime, discomfort during recovery, and potential side effects such as infection and hyperpigmentation.

Laser skincare treatments are also very expensive – often in the thousands of dollars – and the aggressive nature of lasers can sometimes trigger adverse reactions. Additionally, most laser skincare treatments are not safe for patients with dark skin or skin sensitivity issues. 

How PRP Microneedling Natural Rejuvenates Skin

Microneedling, often referred to as collagen induction therapy, is a procedure that involves the controlled creation of micro-injuries on the skin’s surface using fine needles. This process stimulates the body’s natural healing response, prompting collagen and elastin production – without removing the top layer of skin. The result is a renewal of skin texture, reduced fine lines, and improved overall appearance – with little to no downtime.

When coupled with 100% natural platelet-rich plasma (PRP) derived from the patient’s own blood, the benefits of microneedling are amplified. PRP extracted from the patient’s own blood contains growth factors that enhance tissue regeneration, accelerating the healing process and rejuvenating the skin from within.

Microneedling with PRP offers a versatile solution to a multitude of skin concerns. It effectively addresses fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, enlarged pores, and even pigmentation irregularities. This natural approach fosters a gradual enhancement of skin over time as it goes to work repairing itself on a cellular level. The result is a smooth, youthful and radiant complexion.

The Science Behind Microneedling

Microneedling’s effectiveness in skin restoration lies in its profound influence on the body’s natural healing mechanisms. The process begins with the controlled creation of micro-injuries using fine needles. These micro-injuries trigger the body’s innate response to injury, stimulating cellular events that result in skin rejuvenation.

Upon receiving these “micro” injuries, the body rushes to repair the affected area. Fibroblasts, specialized cells responsible for producing collagen and elastin, migrate to the site of injury. These essential proteins provide structural support and elasticity to the skin. As fibroblasts work to rebuild the damaged tissue, they produce new collagen and elastin fibers, effectively renewing the skin’s texture and tone.

The Science Behind PRP

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) amplifies the effects of microneedling through its concentration of growth factors. PRP is derived from the patient’s own blood, during a routine blood draw from the patient’s arm. The growth factors that are present in abundance within PRP play a pivotal role in tissue regeneration and repair.

When PRP is introduced to the treated area via microneedling, the growth factors stimulate cellular proliferation, collagen synthesis, and the formation of new blood vessels, ensuring optimal tissue nourishment. This cellular activity intensifies the healing response, resulting in improved skin texture, tone, and overall appearance.

Advantages of PRP Microneedling over Lasers

Microneedling’s gentle approach offers a host of advantages over ablative lasers. The controlled micro-injuries stimulate natural healing without removing layers of skin, reducing the risk of complications, such as infection, scarring, or hyperpigmentation. And, unlike many laser treatments, PRP microneedling is generally safe for all skin colors including darker skin tones.

Because PRP microneedling is “non-ablative” it is also less painful and involves minimal to no downtime – making it an attractive option for individuals seeking rejuvenation without prolonged interruptions to their daily lives.

Another huge advantage to PRP microneedling over ablative laser skin treatments is the significantly lower cost. Laser skin resurfacing, such as Co2Re lasers can cost from $3,000 to $8,000 or more – while PRP microneedling treatments costs a fraction of this amount.

PRP Microneedling | Royal Oak

At Prosperity Health in Royal Oak, MI, Dr. Nishath Hakim offers PRP microneedling to resurface skin and reverse signs of aging naturally and effectively. PRP microneedling harnesses the body’s own healing potential, while avoiding the pitfalls associated with ablative lasers make it a remarkable choice for those seeking effective, safe, and transformative skin rejuvenation.

Schedule an appointment at Prosperity Health in Royal Oak, MI for PRP microneedling and unveil your skin’s radiant potential – naturally and affordably, without downtime!

PRP Microneedling | Royal Oak: 248-997-4242

Why You Should Choose a Natural Medicine Doctor

What Natural Medicine Doctors Do

For decades, healthcare primarily focused only on the specific disease – and did not take into account the individual patient as a person. Additionally, conventional medicine failed many patients by only addressing the symptoms of a medical condition, rather than trying to identify and address the underlying cause of the problem.

Today, many patients are seeking alternative approaches to medicine that are centered on holistic well-being, natural remedies, and preventing disease by helping the body to remain in balance. This has led to the rise in popularity of what many people call “natural medicine doctors”. But “natural medicine” can mean different things to different patients!

In this article, Dr. Hakim explores the differences and similarities between integrative medicine, functional medicine, naturopathic / natural medicine, and holistic medicine. She also delves into what natural medicine doctors do and why they do it – in addition to exploring the advantages of seeing a natural medicine doctor for your healthcare needs.

Understanding the Terminology: Integrative, Functional, Natural & Holistic Medicine

While each has a different “emphasis” a doctor can practice integrative, functional, natural, and holistic medicine simultaneously.

Functional medicine has the primary aim of identifying and addressing the root causes of illness by understanding the interconnectedness of the body’s systems. Functional medicine doctors also employ a patient-centered approach, investigating factors such as genetics, lifestyle, environment, hormone balance, and nutrition to create individualized treatment plans.

Although their approach is broader than conventional doctors, functional medicine practitioners also typically rely on science-based, clinically proven, medical diagnosis and treatment modalities.

Integrative medicine emphasizes treating the whole person, focusing on physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual aspects of health. Integrative medicine doctors typically combine conventional Western medicine with complementary and alternative therapies to provide a comprehensive approach to healthcare.

Naturopathic medicine is a distinct branch of healthcare that focuses on natural therapies, prevention, and empowering patients to take an active role in their health. Naturopathic doctors (NDs) undergo specialized training in natural medicine modalities, including botanical medicine, nutrition, homeopathy, acupuncture, and lifestyle counseling.

A naturopath may combine both traditional science-based medical tests and treatments with natural remedies, such as plant-derived supplements.

Holistic medicine refers to an approach that considers the whole person, recognizing that physical health is interconnected with emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being. It emphasizes the integration of various modalities to promote balance and healing, taking into account lifestyle, nutrition, stress management, and other factors.

As you can see, there is the potential for a great deal of overlap with these approaches. Often times patients refer to physicians who offer one or more of these approaches as a “natural medicine doctor.” Dr. Nishath Hakim, MD in Royal Oak is a fully licensed medical doctor (MD) who combines a functional and integrative approach with natural and holistic remedies and treatments – to treat the whole person, addressing the underlying causes of disease and balancing the body to prevent illness and promote wellness and vitality.

What Natural Medicine Doctor Do

Natural medicine doctors are typically healthcare professionals who combine modern scientific methods, with traditional healing wisdom, natural remedies, and lifestyle adjustments when possible. They focus on treating the underlying causes of illness and supporting the body’s natural healing mechanisms. Here are some key aspects of what “natural medicine doctors” offer.

Personalized Treatment Plans: Natural medicine doctors take the time to listen to patients, understand their unique health concerns, and develop individualized treatment plans tailored to their specific needs.

For example, rather than prescribing a one-size-fits all hormone pill for menopause, a natural medicine doctor may offer custom compounded hormone therapy that is based on the individual patient’s unique blood test results.

Emphasis on Prevention: Natural medicine doctors place great importance on preventive care and empowering patients to make healthy lifestyle choices. They provide guidance on nutrition, exercise, stress management, lifestyle, and other factors that contribute to overall well-being.

At Prosperity Health in Royal Oak, Dr. Nishath Hakim offers patients weight loss assistance, stress management support, and even gut and stool testing to help create an ideal diet that eliminates nutritional deficiencies.

Natural Therapies: Natural medicine doctors also utilize a range of alternative therapies (in addition to traditional treatments), such as herbal medicine, plant-based supplements, nutrition counseling, homeopathy, acupuncture, physical medicine, and lifestyle modifications – to support the body’s innate ability to heal and restore balance.

It is important to understand that Dr. Nishath Hakim at Prosperity Health in Royal Oak is an MD (medical doctor) who offers an integrative approach that combines natural therapies with conventional medicines (such as prescription medications) when necessary. The goal is to naturally restore balance to the body and rely on biological remedies when possible – while offering the latest developments in science-based conventional medicine when required.

Collaborative Approach: Natural medicine doctors work in collaboration with each patient – and other healthcare professionals when necessary – to provide comprehensive and integrative care.

Dr. Nishath Hakim at Prosperity Health in Royal Oak empowers each patient to take control of their own health and wellness. And she will refer patients to other specialists when necessary, ensuring that all aspects of each patient’s health is addressed.

Advantages of Seeing a Natural Medicine Doctor

Whole-Person Care: Natural medicine doctors like Dr. Nishath Hakim at Prosperity Health in Royal Oak focus on treating the whole person, addressing the underlying causes of illness rather than just managing symptoms. This comprehensive approach is much more effective at promoting long-term health and well-being -rather than just addresses symptoms as they appear.

Personalized Approach: Natural medicine doctors also recognize that each person is unique and requires individualized care. They take into account a patient’s specific health goals, concerns, lifestyle, and personal preferences to create personalized treatment plans.

Dr. Nishath Hakim at Prosperity Health in Royal Oak doesn’t just see the “body part” but sees the patient as a whole person.

Safer Therapies: Natural medicine doctors utilize natural therapies that are generally much safer than harsh or synthetic medications or invasive surgery. Natural remedies have minimal or no side effects when administered by a trained natural medicine practitioner like Dr. Nishath Hakim at Prosperity Health in Royal Oak.

These natural therapies often complement conventional medical treatments and can be used alongside them.

Disease Prevention: Natural medicine doctors place emphasis on prevention and proactive health management. By addressing potential imbalances and risk factors early on, they aim to optimize health and reduce the likelihood of future illnesses.

For example, Dr. Nishath Hakim at Prosperity Health in Royal Oak may proactively balance a woman’s hormones to prevent osteoporosis – rather than waiting until bone density is lost and treating it with harsh medication. Similarly, she offers the Bale-Doneen method of cardiac risk assessments to create personalized integrative prevention plans that lower cardiovascular risk and stop heart disease before it starts.

Natural Medicine Doctor | Royal Oak

Choosing a natural medicine doctor offers patients a comprehensive approach to healthcare that focuses on the whole person, holistic well-being, disease prevention, and natural therapies. By addressing the root causes of illness – and providing personalized treatment plans – Dr. Nishath Hakim, MD at Prosperity Health in Royal Oak, MI empowers patients to take an active role in their health journey.

If you seek an integrative and patient-centered approach to healthcare, Dr. Hakim at Prosperity Health in Royal Oak, MI, can guide you towards optimal well-being and support you in achieving your health goals – so you live a long and healthy life.

Natural Medicine Doctor | Royal Oak: 248-997-4242