Holistic Medicine in Sugar Land offers Bioidentical Hormones

Monday, 20 Mar 2017

Over the course of our lives, we’re exposed to toxins (both environmental and dietary). These toxins contribute to a natural decline of hormones as we grow older. The side effects of hormonal imbalances can mimic those of other more serious health conditions. That is why it is so important to have our hormones evaluated by a highly trained physician as we grow older.


As synthetic hormones have been prescribed by doctors for years, numerous studies have indicated that synthetic hormone therapy may increase the likelihood of various types of cancer and heart disease. Because of the risks associated with synthetic hormones, many people are looking to a more natural approach to treat hormonal imbalances — bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT).


What’s the Difference between Synthetic and Bioidentical Hormones?

Synthetic hormones are produced to treat the most common side effects of hormonal imbalances. Unfortunately, however, synthetic hormones are produced on a one-size-fits all basis. Since everyone has unique and different needs, synthetic hormones are less effective for some people than others.


Bioidentical hormones are derived from natural sources like soy and yams. Their purpose is to replicate the chemical structure of the hormones that our bodies naturally produce. Specialized compounding pharmacies work with prescribing physicians to create a unique bioidentical hormone regimen designed specifically for each patient.


Benefits of Bioidentical Hormone Therapy

  • They’re naturally derived.
  • They can be metabolized properly by our bodies.
  • They can be compounded to treat one individual, unlike synthetic hormones that use a one-size-fits all approach.
  • Studies have indicated that bioidentical hormones are safer than synthetic hormones.


Dr. Julia Ward’s Approach

Julia Ward, MD is a bioidentical hormone doctor in Sugar Land, Texas. At Balanced Body Image, Dr. Ward uses BHRT to help patients who experience symptoms related to hormonal imbalance, including fatigue, depression, headaches and weight gain.



Contact Dr. Ward in her Sugar Land medical spa for optimal health and wellness options – including bioidentical hormones.

Improve Your Health with IV Nutrient Therapy by Holistic Medicine Doctor in Sugar Land

Monday, 20 Mar 2017

In holistic medicine, there are a variety of safe and effective ways to heal the mind and body while also addressing thecause of symptoms.  At Balanced Body Image, your source for holistic medicine in Sugar Land, Dr. Julia Ward believes in healthy aging with a personal touch. A service she offers, IV nutrient therapy, improves health and well-being through vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients.


How does it work?


Intravenous (or IV) therapy is used across the medical field for numerous conditions such as infections, multiple sclerosis (MS), and cancer; however, IV therapy also benefits those seeking to boost their overall health and wellness. IV nutrient therapy means vitamins, minerals, and other naturally-occurring nutrients (such as amino acids) are infused directly into the bloodstream through an IV.


While it can take up to eight hours for oral supplements to be absorbed into your body, IV therapy allows nutrients to be available instantly with immediate access to the bloodstream. The effects are often felt instantly, which is the reasons why IV nutrient therapy is gaining in popularity.


Besides its support of overall wellness, IV nutrient therapy has been shown to benefit many health conditions such as:


  • Asthma
  • Cancer
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Infections


At Balanced Body Image, our quiet, comfortable office offers a private and relaxing IV therapy experience. Boost your energy, strengthen your immune system, and restore your body’s natural supply of nutrients.


Call our Sugar Land, Texas medical spa at (281) 710-3380 and find out if IV nutrient therapy is right for you.

Renew Your Skin with Botox at Sugar Land Medical Spa

Monday, 20 Mar 2017

Age isn’t always very kind to our skin.  The decreasing amount of collagen and elastin in the skin — plus repeated facial expressions (such as frowning) — can eventually cause skin to wrinkle and sag. Daily pollutants and sun exposure only add to skin troubles, making some people feel as if achieving healthier looking skin is a lost cause. There’s no reason to stop smiling, though. Skin rejuvenation therapies have come a long way, and safer options for enhanced skin are more available today than ever before. Dr. Julia Ward and her team at Balanced Body Image, a medical spa in Sugar Land, offers services to improve the appearance of your skin and reverse the effects of aging and the environment.


One such skin rejuvenation service is the facial injectable, Botox.


Botox, made from onabotulinum toxin A, essentially paralyzes facial muscles to smooth the skin’s surface. Recent studies have also indicated that Botox may increase the skin’s natural ability to stretch and promote the production of collagen and elastin. Those two proteins together can make skin tighter, firmer, and more flexible.


Botox is FDA-approved, safe and painless. While anesthesia isn’t needed before the injections, you may have the area numbed beforehand with a cold pack or anesthetic cream. The procedure is quick — typically lasting 10 minutes — and requires no recovery time. Results can be noticed within a few days of treatment and last for months.


With injectables like Botox, Dr. Ward helps enhance your skin so that you’ll feel younger and more confident about your appearance. The most common uses for Botox include:


  • Smoothing horizontal forehead wrinkles as well as the fine lines and wrinkles between the brows (frown lines), around the eyes (crow’s feet), and around the mouth
  • Eyebrow shaping and enhancement
  • Brow lifting


Dr. Ward also offers many other anti-aging and functional medicine therapies at her Sugar Land medical spa, with services such as IV nutrient therapy, bioidentical hormones, and micronutrient testing. She also addresses health concerns such as adrenal fatigue, intestinal health, and the effect of environmental toxins.

Start looking and feeling better through proven holistic and functional medicine therapies. Contact Dr. Ward today at (281) 710-3380.

Sugar Land Medical Spa offers Pellet Therapy for Hormone Insufficiency

Friday, 17 Mar 2017

When you see the word, “testosterone,” you may automatically think of it as a male hormone; however, women need testosterone too. If your body doesn’t produce enough testosterone, the deficiency can lead to a decline in physiologic and psychological functions that can reduce your quality of life. Common symptoms of a testosterone deficiency include weight gain, mental confusion and a lack of muscle tone.


Without proper amounts of testosterone, the brain cannot produce serotonin — a neurotransmitter that supports emotional balance. When there isn’t enough testosterone to balance with estrogen and produce serotonin, a woman can experience emotional instability that can result in irritability, anxiety, anger, depression and sleep disturbances. If the deficiency goes untreated, it could affect not only the brain, but also the heart, bones, muscle, and metabolism.


In her Sugar Land medical spa, Dr. Julia Ward uses pellet therapy to help women regain mental clarity, muscle, and libido. The hormones she uses are derived from natural plant sources and replicate the body’s naturally occurring hormone levels. When placed under the skin, the pellet implants consistently release small doses of hormones, unlike other forms of hormone therapy that can produce hormone levels that fluctuate greatly and may cause adverse reactions.


The procedure is quite simple. Dr. Ward inserts a small pellet in the fatty tissue beneath the skin where the hormones released can reach the blood stream. The pellets are smaller than a grain of rice and can be easily implanted right at her office, Balanced Body Image. Typically, the pellets last about four months as they give the body the proper level of testosterone consistently through the day, as opposed to pills or injections that can cause a “roller coaster” of side effects and emotions.


Many people who use pellet testosterone therapy report a more stable lifestyle with less pain, fatigue and anxiety.


If you’re experiencing symptoms that may be related to a testosterone deficiency, contact Dr. Julia Ward at Balanced Body Image. Together, you can discuss whether testosterone pellet therapy is right for you — and start feeling like yourself again.

Milk Alternatives? Advice from Sugar Land Medical Spa

Wednesday, 26 Oct 2016

With the wide variety of dairy alternatives on the market today, people often assume that regular cow’s milk isn’t as healthy as soy or almond milk. For those looking for milk alternatives, Julia Ward, MD encourages you to be aware of a few facts before making that decision. Her medical practice, Balanced Body Image, offers a whole-patient approach for resolving the underlying cause of health issues.

Not all dairy substitutes are healthy!
Known for causing digestive issues, one unhealthy component in most milk substitutes is carrageenan — a seaweed derivative used as a food stabilizer. Read the labels of dairy alternatives like coconut milk, hemp milk and almond milk and watch for carrageenan. Also, be sure to avoid products with added sugars.

What about soy?
Soy milk is a plant-based dairy alternative produced by soaking dried soybeans and grinding them in water. Although it is free of lactose, cholesterol and saturated fat, soy has natural toxins that interfere with the digestion of proteins.

Also, avoid processed soy proteins — such as isolated soy protein. Any possible health benefits of the soybean are stripped away during processing. Soy isolates are particularly allergenic since they are not really food, but fillers of the processed food industry. In fact, almost 90% of all soy produced in the United States is considered to be a genetically modified organism (GMO).

For those who choose to consume soy, it should be organic and in moderation. A better option for anyone looking for benefits of soy is to eat steamed edamame (fresh soybeans) for an occasional snack, or miso for a quick soup.

Balanced Body Image, your Sugar Land med spa, recommends almond milk as a great alternative to dairy or soy. Almond milk is lower in calories than dairy milk and free of cholesterol, lactose and saturated fat. It is important to note, however, that although it is high in protein, almond milk is not a good source of calcium like dairy milk.

Almond milk is actually easy to accomplish at home. Simply soak raw almonds in water overnight, rinse them well in the morning, and then blend them with fresh, filtered water. Strain the mixture through cheesecloth into a pitcher and add your preferred method of flavor (organic vanilla, sea salt, or natural, unprocessed sugar). You can store it in the refrigerator for up to one week. The almond milk will separate — just shake well before use.

Dr. Ward’s mission is to help you know more about – and understand – your body and your health. For more information about Balanced Body Image, contact our Sugar Land medical spa, call (281) 710-3380.

The Microcannula Method

Monday, 10 Oct 2016


Looking younger has never been easier using the microcannula. This dermal filler technique is ideal for injecting hyaluronic gels. Julia Ward, MD at the Balanced Body Image med spa in Sugar Land, Texas has been successful with using Restylane Lyft®, Restylane® and Restylane Silk® products, which is the most widely used, longer-lasting hyaluronic acid gel dermal fillers, when using the Microcannula technique.

What is a Microcannula?
The microcannula dermal filler technique is an innovative way to deliver fillers. Unlike the conventional needles, which stab with a sharp tip, the microcannula is a hollow, flexible, needle stick with a blunt tip, which offers minimal entry points, reducing pain and the chance of bruising. Microcannulas are optimal for injecting hyaluronic gels dermal fillers like Juvederm, and Restylane, as well as Voluma.

How does the microcannula technique work?
The microcannula method is rapidly gaining popularity. Its revolutionary method is spreading amidst leading med spas, cosmetic clinics, and doctors. Rather than piercing through the tissues, this technique opens up a pathway between the basic structures of the skin allowing minimal entry stabs.

First, a traditional needle is used to make an entry point for the micro cannula to enter the epidermis. Then, the microcannula is slid into the place of entry, kind of like sliding your hand through a stack of papers. The long length of the microcannula allows access to the areas where the filler is needed in the facial area from one entry point. Once the hyaluronic acid dermal filler is injected, your physician might lightly massage the area to conform to the contour of the surrounding tissues.

The technique minimizes bruising, although there is a slight chance. Be sure not to take aspirin, ibuprofen, blood thinners, or vitamins, such as vitamin E or fish oils for this may increase your chance of bruising. Many areas that are commonly treated with fillers such as lips, marionette lines, nose, nasolabial folds, cheeks, temples, prejowl areas, as well as hands can be injected using the Microcannula technique.
What are the advantages of using a micro cannula?

  • It is safer
  • Less painful
  • Less chance of bruising
  • Less chance of bleeding
  • Less chance of tissue trauma
  • Less swelling
  • Faster recovery

Dr. Julia Ward is the medical director at Balanced Body Image, an anti-aging, functional medicine and metabolic health practice in Sugar Land. She strives to help her patients reach their health and wellness goals.

Call Balanced Body Image med spa in Sugar Land, Texas at (281) 710-3380.

Find out if hyaluronic acid gel fillers will fulfill your desires.