Erase the Aesthetic Signs of Menopause

If you’re like most women, you probably thought that hot flashes, night sweats, and the abrupt inability to become pregnant were the only major effects you’d have to consider when menopause began. But now that you’ve experienced “the change” first hand, you probably find yourself wishing that the many changes brought on by menopause were that simple. Before you resign yourself to your new postmenopausal life, however, take a step back and take charge, because there’s a lot you can do to counteract the aesthetic effects of menopause.  

Menopause and aging

Put simply, menopause is a natural biological process that marks the end of your fertility. It’s set in motion by a decline in the production of estrogen and progesterone, the reproductive hormones that control menstruation and make pregnancy possible.

Even though this process probably began sometime in your late 30s, menopause doesn’t usually occur until you’re in your late 40s or early 50s. In the United States, the average age for menopause is 51.

You’ve officially reached menopause 12 months after your final menstrual cycle. While menopause does signal the end of your fertility, you don’t have to let it affect your vitality, sexuality, or appearance.   

Aesthetic signs of menopause    

During perimenopause or the time it takes to transition into menopause, you may experience a wide range of physical and emotional symptoms related to the diminishing levels of reproductive hormones, many of which are to be expected.

For example, your menstrual cycle may be irregular before it stops, and you may get hit with those fabled hot flashes and night sweats on a regular basis. You may also find yourself dealing with less energy or even feelings of sadness and loss.

These emotional symptoms can be compounded by any of the aesthetic changes that may be brought on by hormone changes, including:  

Rejuvenate your skin

Dry, wrinkly skin is one of the most apparent signs of menopause, mainly because it’s more likely to be written all over your face. While hormonal changes may have left you with drier skin and more pronounced wrinkles, laser skin rejuvenation is a simple, safe way to restore healthier, younger-looking skin.

Laser skin rejuvenation treatments are highly effective for diminishing the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, brown spots, and even minor scars. Dr. Elledge uses PicoSure® nonablative laser technology, which works by delivering precision light beams deep into the dermis of your skin to stimulate collagen growth and help tighten and refresh underlying skin.

Dr. Elledge can also help you improve the appearance of your post-menopausal skin with a Pellevé® skin tightening treatment. Pellevé works by sending radiofrequency (RF) energy to the deepest layers of your skin, which stimulates collagen growth over the weeks and months following treatment. This fresh collagen helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines while producing firmer, more youthful-looking skin.

Blast stubborn pockets of fat

As menopause slows your metabolism, weight gain becomes easier, and weight loss becomes that much harder. Although sticking with regular exercise and a nutritious diet can go a long way in helping you keep those extra pounds at bay, you may still find yourself dealing with stubborn pockets of fat that won’t budge.

Dr. Elledge can help you get rid of unwanted fat safely, effectively, and without surgery. She offers state-of-the-art SculpSure® body contouring treatments designed to permanently reduce persistent fat in five treatment areas, including your abdomen, flanks, back, and inner and outer thighs.

SculpSure uses precision laser energy to superheat the fat cells beneath the surface of your skin, where it damages their durability. Over the course of a few weeks, your lymphatic system targets the damaged fat cells and flushes them from your body. The result? A tighter, slimmer appearance, without diet and exercise.   

If you’d like to see more immediate results, Dr. Elledge also offers Smartlipo, a minimally-invasive body contouring treatment that targets the stubborn fat in your midsection, arms, buttocks, thighs, and neck. Performed under local anesthetic for maximal comfort, this safe procedure uses advanced technology to insert a laser fiber into your body through a very small tube. Once there, the laser permanently destroys fat cells by rupturing their membranes, and the liquefied fat is gently suctioned out.

Resolve vaginal dryness

If menopause has left you with severe vaginal dryness that impacts your ability to enjoy sexual intimacy with your partner, Dr. Elledge is pleased to offer vaginal rejuvenation therapy with MonaLisa Touch® nonsurgical laser treatments. MonaLisa Touch is an advanced fractional CO2 laser technology specifically designed to rejuvenate the tissues that line your vaginal canal. It’s the safest, most effective, nonsurgical and nonmedicinal option for the treatment and prevention of vaginal atrophy and its aftereffects.

Dr. Elledge can also address vaginal dryness with ThermiVa®, an in-office, nonsurgical vaginal rejuvenation treatment that uses a radio-frequency technology. This treatment tightens external and internal vulvovaginal tissue through a controlled heat, resulting in improved vaginal moisture and softer, thicker skin that can enhance your daily life and your sex life.

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