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Male and Female Hormones, What do they do?

Benefits of Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy

  • Few side effects.
  • Reduced hot flashes and reduced vaginal dryness.
  • Improved libido.
  • Improved sleep and better mood, concentration, and memory.
  • Prevention of osteoporosis and restoration of bone strength.
  • Reduced risk of endometrial cancer and breast cancer.
  • Improved cholesterol and lipid profiles.
  • Reduced risk of depression.
  • Increased muscle mass, decreased body fat.
  • Increased mental clarity.


“As your thyroid goes, so goes your life. “ This thyroid gland, located just above your “Adams Apple” runs the metabolism of your entire body. Every cell of the body depends upon adequate levels of thyroid to function properly. Many people have been tested by their doctor, only to be told that their thyroid looks fine. Hint: your doctor didn’t check closely enough. From constant fatigue to inability to lose weight, the thyroid must be running at optimal levels… or you’ll suffer.


 Progesterone is a very powerful mood elevating female hormone, not to mention its power to knock out your PMS and menstrual problems. Produced by the ovaries and adrenal glands, progesterone helps fight insomnia, anxiety, menopause, and all types of female cysts and fibroids. Progesterone is a calming hormone to help with stress and sleep.


 You can either have too much estrogen (causing anxiety, weight gain, heart disease, breast cancer) or you can have too little (causing hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, low sex drive, insomnia, leaky bladder). Like progesterone, estrogen is produced by the ovaries, the adrenals, but is also made and stored in fat cells.


This hormone is made in the ovaries and testes, and also in the adrenals. Although this hormone is predominantly a male hormone, it is extremely important for women. Without adequate levels of testosterone, women become flabby (lose their muscle tone), lose the desire for sexual intimacy, and lose their overall drive or assertiveness in life. Men and women low in testosterone become more passive about things in life. Men low in this hormone can have problems with impotency.


This is important hormone made by the adrenal glands. When you stress levels are high, cortisol goes up. As cortisol goes up, belly fat increases. If cortisol stays high for years (due to long term stress), the adrenals will fatigue, allowing cortisol levels to drop. The fatigue and sometimes exhaustion sets in, followed by frequent sickness and allergies/asthma.


HGH is produced by the pituitary gland (the body’s master gland). The decline of HGH, directly correlates to the aging process. This hormone significantly promotes the vitality, maintenance and integrity of our organs. HGH stimulates the release of a few hundred growth factors in the body, it is fundamental to proper physiological functioning, impacting every cell. It also helps other hormones penetrate into the cells and react more efficiently. HGH peaks in the early twenties, and by the time we are fifty, it has declined by half. This hormone is the essence of youthfulness, from organ function to love of life to mental and physical performance.


DHEA is one of the most exquisite hormones in our body, produced by the adrenal glands. It is a precursor to other sex hormones. We think DHEA helps prevent obesity, diabetes, cancer and heart disease, stimulates the immune system and extends longevity. It peaks at about 25 years old, then declines. At 50 years old, we have half of what we had. DHEA makes you feel better. It acts as a mood elevator and antidepressant.

James E. Murphy, MD, FACS, AMM

Born and raised in Reno, Nevada.

Dr. Murphy currently has one of the busiest and most respected cosmetic and reconstructive practices.

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What our Patients say about us

Dr. Murphy is awesome as well as Tracie Murphy and the entire office staff! They treat everyone special and give individualized attention for all your needs and questions. Great detail is given for whatever procedure you are having. They truly are perfectionists at this office and are located right next to the surgery center. Look no further for the best plastic surgery Doctor and staff in the Reno area.

Debbie 9/2011

My face-lift has made such a difference in the way I see myself. Dr. Murphy & his staff are extremely caring and compassionate people. I felt very comfortable in their care. I had a major heart scare 6 months after and his staff called my home to check on me. That says a whole lot in my book! I would never consider going to anyone else! Dr. Murphy & staff—YOU’RE THE BEST!!!!!

-Kim Sammons

I felt confident with Tracy and reassured. She took all the time necessary to answer my questions. I feel good about the whole process and very appreciative for the great pricing. Thank-you so much.

Peggy 1/2011

Dr. Murphy has a great eye for making other beautiful.

I 7/2011

My review is really for the sweet girl Heather that works here. This place offers more services than just plastic
surgery. They have massage and salon services at their co-business Renew MD, face cleaners and dietary products. ANYWAY, Heather is wonderful and friendly and I thought she needed her own review under this business :)

Patient 6/2011

I want to thank Dr. Murphy and his staff for making my surgery go so smoothly. First of all, I am extremely pleased with the overall results. I was looking to shed some years without changing my look and we succeeded very well. The staff throughout the orientation, during the procedure, and after, took a personal interest in how I was doing. They positively reinforced me every step of the way. I am thoroughly pleased with the entire experience. Any further enhancements will definitely be done by Dr. Murphy and his outstanding staff.


Dr. Murphy performed two surgeries on me, and I look and feel fabulous! His consultation, bedside manner, and post-op’s were always professional and very upbeat. Dr. Murphy has a great eye for making other beautiful. I definitely recommend him!

Anonymous 7/2011

Dear Dr. Murphy:
I keep trying to figure out the right works to express to you the blessing we felt with your being the surgeon on duty the night (2/20/09) of Chrystle’s horrific snow boarding accident and the simple thank you, heartfelt, seems to cover it the best.
She is even more beautiful now as the accidents (remember she totaled the car on the Monday) have forced her to reevaluate some (make that all) choices she was making and she has matured into a very different individual than she was prior to the accidents. However the fact that your incredible skill as a Plastic Surgeon returned her as she was prior is still unbelievable to us and for that we are grateful beyond words.

Fondly, C.

I went in for a consultation and was very impressed by the staffs’ professionalism. Everyone really made me feel at ease and confident. Dr. Murphy was very informative and willing to guide the patient to making a decision that is best for them.

Cathy 6/2011

After breast feeding 4 babies, losing weight, and turning the corner of 40 my breasts took a dive to the South Pole.
My consultation with Dr. James Murphy was relaxed and I felt he was veryknowledgable of what I needed to have done. Their was no pressure from him oranyone in his office to set the procedure up. But I knew I would not be happy until I had a lift and breast augmentation done. I must say it is quite an improvement from the day I walked in his office. My breasts are back to looking
youthful & perky and Dr. Murphy took all my considerations in. I didn’t even have to take pain meds. I don’t know why I waited so long to have it done. I would highly recommend Dr. Murphy for breast lift and augmentation to any woman. What are you waiting for?

Sue 10/2011

Some of the surgeons I saw said it couldn’t be done. The surgeons who did my radical mastectomy left my chest in a terrible state. Then I made an appointment with Dr. James Murphy and immediately I like him. He has a great bedside manner, cheerful, encouraging and supportive. He told me “yes” that I was candidate for breast reconstruction. He showed me pictures of his results and immediately I knew I could trust him. The whole experience was amazing and I am very happy and delighted with the results. My new breast looks excellent, natural, full, size, the shape I wanted and there is hardly any scaring. Dr. Murphy is an excellent surgeon who can be trusted with his amazing abilities. I would encourage any patient to submit to his care and feel comfortable know he is going to do a wonderful job with his talents. I speak from my personal experience and it was a good one. Dr. Murphy is an excellent surgeon, I highly recommend, and has improved the quality of my life.

Georgette Noble

Their was no pressure from him oranyone in his office to set the procedure up.

Sue 10/2011

I went in for a consultation and was very impressed by the staffs’ professionalism…

Cathy 6/2011

Wonderful Experience! Very informative, great staff, knowledgeable and fun too! Thank-you.


I have been a patient of NNPSA (now Murphy Plastic Surgery) for over 13 years now. Dr. Murphy has quite frankly saved my life! I first met Dr. Murphy in 1999 when I had a breast augmentation. And in June 2010, he performed a preventative bilateral mastectomy due to a very strong family history and the fact a mass was found on my mammogram. My mother and sister are both breast cancer survivors, having had the same cancer, same breast, same age. And that age was 48. During my annual mammogram when I was 48, they found a mass. After two years of MRIs, ultrasounds, and “watching” it, I decided to take back my fear of breast cancer and take control of my life. Dr. Murphy helped me do just that!! Even after five surgeries/procedures, I have never looked back for even one second and/or regretted my decision. I don’t think I could have done it without the unwavering support of Dr. Murphy and his staff each step of the way.

Heather, 6/2012

The entire staff at Murphy Plastic Surgery is awesome! Professional, caring, informative and perfectionists. Tracy is amazing with injections. Love them all. Would use them for any cosmetic procedures.

Deb 10/2011

Dr. Strand,

Thank-you for your amazing work.  I came to you on such high recommendations and I will continue to highly recommend you.  Without much time or consulting, you gave me a beautiful set of breasts and an increase in my self esteem.  Thank-you for your time and talent.


Dear Doctor Murphy,

I want to thank you very much for your concern and care for me throughout my recent operations. As you know, I was a little reticent to have this operation at my age, but my husband wanted me to get it taken care of. I am grateful that my friend recommended you. Your reputation is par excellent with the Renown medical group and they made every effort to make me feel comfortable and at ease with my surgeries. Thank Meghan for all her help – she always seems to be there and had an answer to any questions I had.

Sincerely, Karen 2/2011