Skin and menopause – what changes?
Whether we are full of energy, sleep wonderfully and have youthful, firm skin during menopause does not depend solely on our lifestyle and genes. What can be done when menopause “suddenly” causes the skin to age rapidly? What are the possibilities of aesthetic medicine and what exactly happens to the skin during menopause?
The skin and menopause: have you noticed that your skin is becoming drier and less firm? Menopause – still a taboo subject for many – is accompanied by a number of physical changes, including changes in the skin. What can be done about this and what is important in treatments during menopause is explained by dermatology specialist Dr. Susanne Steinkraus in a PODCAST interview.
Unfortunately, our skin ages twice, due to external and internal influences. “External factors responsible for skin aging include UV light, smoking, environmental pollution and an unhealthy lifestyle. During menopause, however, the change in hormone balance then plays a particularly decisive role. The skin becomes drier, dermal collagen fibers decrease by up to 30 percent, and less hyaluronic acid is produced,” explains Dr. Steinkraus.
Skin and menopause – why the skin ages now
Estrogen, an engine for cell growth, often declines rapidly. However, the female hormone is important for building up the skin, such as for the formation of firm collagen fibers or for the skin’s own moisture supply. If estrogen levels drop during menopause, the skin becomes thinner and thinner, loses elasticity, radiance and moisture, and more pigmentation spots form.
“That is why it is so important to pay attention to all these factors and to have a particularly detailed consultation with women in menopause. For many, the subject of menopause is also fraught with shame, in which case a sensitive conversation is even more important,” the dermatologist emphasizes.
Weight problems during menopause
Many women also suffer from weight problems during menopause and gain weight. “Then it makes no sense, for example, to additionally fill the face with hyaluronic acid,” emphasizes the expert, who not only completed a residency in dermatology after studying human medicine, she is also trained in nutritional and sports medicine as well as anti-aging. Dr. Steinkraus can therefore advise her patients holistically in the truest sense of the word!
“The wish list of menopausal women is sometimes long,” explains the doctor. “Against pigment disorders, we use a powerful flash lamp in our practice, which breaks down increased melanin deposits through targeted heating in the epidermis. For older age spots, ablative laser therapy helps.” To improve skin quality, there is a wide range of products from the field of medical cosmetics. These range from Hydra Facials and PRGF to LED light therapy.
Mesohair against hair loss
Unfortunately, the issue of hair loss also occurs more frequently during menopause. “After a detailed medical diagnosis, we offer minimally invasive therapies such as Jetpeel or Mesohair,” explains the doctor. With the help of injections or a kind of injection gun, highly effective substances are injected under the scalp in mesotherapy against hair loss.
“Of course, Botox and fillers are also used when appropriate. And of course, holistic treatment doesn’t stop with the face,” Dr. Steinkraus said. “If it goes beyond the spectrum of dermatology and aesthetic medicine, interdisciplinary experts from other specialties, such as endocrinology, are also brought in.”
Finally, one important remedy for menopausal skin aging is within the control of women themselves: their lifestyle. “If you eat healthy, exercise a lot, use UV protection and targeted skin care, your skin will show it,” Dr. Steinkraus says. And one more piece of positive news at the end: Dr. Steinkraus now has a consultation in Munich in addition to her private practice for dermatology and aesthetic medicine in Hamburg!