Menopause is an incredibly complicated process that all women experience as they reach middle age. For some, symptoms appear to be merely an end to the monthly cycle. For others, it is a difficult process that can last for a few years and cause a variety of changes, physical and emotional.
Menopause, which officially begins one year after your last period, can bring with it some noticeable changes to your skin and hair. As hormone levels plummet, your skin can become dry, slack, and thin. You may notice more hair on your face and less on your scalp.
We’ve highlighted some of our favourite Skin Rejuvenation treatments below.
Laser treatments and minimally invasive skin rejuvenation techniques are very popular with patients to combat the textural and pigmentary changes that come with menopause. Photo-rejuvenation with IPL is a simple and effective treatment to reduce irregular pigmentation, age spots, redness and broken veins. Fractionated lasers can considerably improve fine lines, wrinkles, large pores and irregular pigmentation caused by sun damage and ageing. A combination of these two treatments, “Photofractional Rejuvenation” has become very popular with our perimenopausal as it uses both these modalities simultaneously to optimise results at less cost with minimal downtime.
Another procedure that our perimenopausal patients love, particularly for loose crepey skin around the eyes, is Platelet Rich Plasma therapy or PRP. PRP is extracted from the patient’s own blood and injected into the skin to promote collagen production and kick-starts the skin’s regenerative capabilities. Growth factors in the plasma increase collagen and elastin production, stem cell proliferation and vascular formation. This produces a plumping and tightening effect on the treated area. The skin is rejuvenated and rehydrated and wrinkles are reduced resulting in a healthy, regenerated glowing complexion that looks smoother and more youthful. It is used to treat a wide range of skin concerns, including ageing and sagging skin in the upper and lower eye area, dark circles, fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars and stretch marks and to improve skin texture on the neck, chest and hands.
It can also be used to promote hair regrowth in women with female pattern hair loss, which typically is noticed or accelerates in the perimenopausal period.
Exilis Ultra 360 is a radiofrequency and ultrasound device which heats the skin and subcutaneous fat to increase collagen product and tighten the skin while reducing excessive subcutaneous fat. It addresses many skin concerns such as wrinkles, skin laxity, sagging brows or jawline, and excessive subcutaneous fat. This treatment is suitable for the entire face and body.
Ultherapy is an FDA-approved, non-invasive, focused ultrasound treatment that stimulates the production of new collagen and elastin deep within the skin. Ultherapy uses precise ultrasound energy to target the deep structural layers of the skin without disrupting the skin’s surface to lift skin of the upper and lower face, the neck, under the chin, the eyebrows and reduce wrinkles of the décolletage and chest.