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The Menopause, Symptoms & Treatment for the Menopause in Hitchin

 

Fox Medical Aesthetics offers a variety of treatments to help you look and feel your best from peri to post menopause, helping treat and manage changes to the skin and facial features during the menopause.  We recommend you contact Fox Medical Aesthetics, a Platinum Save Face Accredited Clinic for information on medical aesthetic and skin treatments for the symptoms of the menopause in Hitchin. Save Face are the UK's No.1 Government-Approved Register for Medical Aesthetic Treatments.

 

Please take time to explore and read the information below and find out what you can do to treat symptoms of the menopause that are affecting your skin and facial appearance and treatments options that target the areas that undergo changes through the menopause.

Meet Kerry Shergold, MSc, RN, INP: Your Medical Aesthetic Clinical Practitioner. 

 

Your skin and facial appearance undergo changes during perimenopause and menopause. One survey identified nearly half of all women visiting menopause clinics experienced skin issues related to the menopause.

Below I will explore the most prevalent skin concerns prior to, during and after  menopause and offer practical suggestions to ease these problems.

I am passionate about helping you look and feel your best and combat the symptoms of menopause, achieving natural and subtle aesthetics to rejuvenate and refresh your features and skin for beautiful results. 

 

I am an Advanced Clinical Practitioner with  25 years NHS experience, a registered Independent Nurse Prescriber (INP) and hold a Masters Degree (MSc) from Warwick Medical School. I have practiced medical aesthetics since 2012, studying Level 7 Aesthetic Medicine and Level 7 Cosmetic Dermatology at Harley Academy, London. I am proud to be a Platinum accredited member of Save Face, the UK’s premier Government Approved register for aesthetics treatments, ensuring the highest clinical standards and competence. 

 

We understand the biological changes that take place that can affect your skin and facial appearance. If you would like to get in touch to discuss treatment options please contact me for professional advice and a no obligation consultation.

"I take pride in my Platinum Save Face accreditation and delivering the highest and safest standards of patient care. I am an advocate of optimising skin health and restorative and regenerative aesthetic treatments"

Patient Testimonials on Google & Save Face

I went to see Kerry a few weeks ago, for Botox and facial treatment. I was over the moon with my experience!
 
I felt very at ease and listened to in my appointment and the results were exactly what I wanted. I would highly recommend Kerry!

Hannah J

You can find all our fantastic patient reviews for medical aesthetics and skin treatments in Hitchin on Google and Save Face

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Find Information About Safe, Regulated Treatments for the Menopause in Hitchin

Get in Touch if you have questions about menopause treatments in Hitchin

Fox Medical Aesthetics,

47a Bancroft, Hitchin,

SG5 1LA

Ask a question about menopause treatments in Hitchin

Thanks, your question is important to us and I'll get back to you as soon as I can. Kerry

Navigating Skin Changes During Menopause

As menopause approaches, skin undergoes shifts that can impact comfort and appearance. Let’s explore the most common skin concerns during this phase and discuss practical solutions:

Itching and Dry Skin

A frequent and common symptom from women experiencing menopause is itching and dry skin. This is because Oestrogen, a key player in skin hydration, assists in producing essential components like ceramides, natural hyaluronic acid, and sebum. When these substances decline, water evaporates more readily, leaving the skin parched and scaly.

What Can You Do?

  • Cleanse. Traditional soaps can be harsh. Opt for non-foaming cleansers instead—they cleanse without stripping away essential oils. If dryness persists, consider using a moisturizing lotion as a soap substitute.

  • Moisturise Religiously: Make moisturising a ritual. Apply it twice a day, especially after bathing. Moisturisers help the skin retain water, preventing excessive dryness. Use a lighter moisturiser during the day and a richer one at night.

What Can We Do?

We understand that menopause can bring various changes to the skin, such as dryness, thinning, and increased sensitivity and laxity. We can provide personalised treatments and recommendations to address specific skincare concerns. We offer a range of services, including restoring volume, injectable treatments, and medical-grade skincare products that can help maintain skin health and address menopausal skin issues.

 

Histamine release in the skin or irritation of skin nerves can cause sensations akin to insects crawling (known as ‘formication’). Also, iron deficiency and thyroid disturbances could be other contributing factors. If concerned about itchy skin, please discuss this with your GP.

Redness and Flushing

As menopause approaches, skin becomes more sensitive, and certain issues arise. Let’s address them and explore practical steps:

Redness and Flushing (Rosacea)

  • Flushing is common, sudden waves of warmth and redness are a well-known menopausal symptom. However, it can also stem from rosacea, a condition where blood vessels in the skin become hyperreactive. Interestingly, rosacea tends to affect women more, especially during menopause.

What Can You Do?

Lifestyle Adjustments and simple changes can make a difference. Consider:

  • Limiting Alcohol and Caffeine: These can trigger flushing.

  • Avoiding Spicy Foods: They may exacerbate redness.

  • Sun Protection: Shield your skin from UV rays.

What Can We Do?

We understand that menopause can bring about changes in the skin, including flushing and redness. Our experienced medical team offers a range of treatment options to address these concerns. This includes personalised skincare routines, prescription medications, phototherapy or other advanced dermatological procedures, such as microneedling. During a consultation, we will assess your specific needs and create a customised treatment plan to help alleviate flushing and redness, promoting a more comfortable and confident experience during menopause. Our goal is to provide effective, evidence-based solutions to support your skin health and overall well-being during this transitional phase of life.

Remember, caring for your skin during menopause involves understanding its unique needs and adapting your routine accordingly

 

Spots and Acne

Breakouts and Flare-Ups: Spots—whether pimples, blackheads, or whiteheads—are distressing at any age. During menopause, many women experience breakouts and flare-ups, even if they did not have acne as teenagers. The exact cause remains unclear, but hormonal shifts play a role.

 

What Can You Do?

Choose Skin Products Wisely:

  • Noncomedogenic Makeup: Ensure your makeup and sun protection are mineral based products that won’t worsen acne.

  • Salicylic Acid Cleanser: Use a mild cleanser containing salicylic acid—it helps exfoliate and unclog pores.

  • Incorporate Retinol or Retinoids and Niacinamide: These ingredients can benefit acne-prone skin.

What Can We Do?

Hormonal changes during menopause can often lead to an increase in spots and acne. We offer tailored treatment plans to address these concerns. We offer a range of options including professional-grade facials, chemical peels, and advanced skincare products that can help to reduce inflammation, unclog pores, and improve overall skin texture. Additionally, we provide personalised recommendations for at-home skincare routines to maintain results between treatments. We believe in a holistic approach to skincare, focusing not only on treating the symptoms but also on addressing the root cause of skin issues. Contact us to schedule a consultation and start your journey to healthier, clearer skin during menopause.

 

Remember, understanding your skin’s needs during menopause empowers you to make informed choices. Skin products can take time to work. Be patient and consistent in your skincare routine.

Signs of Sun Damage

Prominence Around Menopause: Especially for those with sun exposure history, signs of sun damage become more noticeable. These include:

  • Irregular Skin Tone

  • Lackluster Skin

  • Sun Spots (Flat Brown Marks): Common on the face, décolleté, and arms.

  • Thread Veins, Lines, or Wrinkles

What Can You Do?

Sun Protection: Prioritize sun safety:

  • High SPF (Factor 50): Apply and reapply every 2 hours.

  • Wide-Brimmed Hat and Long Sleeves: Shield your skin.

What Can We Do?

We take into account the unique effects of menopause on the skin, including increased susceptibility to sun damage. We offer advanced AI driven skin analysis technology and use a range of specialised treatments to address sun damage, such as facials and superficial peels, and regenerative treatments such as polynucleotides, alongside a personalised skincare regimen. We will develop a holistic plan that caters to the specific needs of menopausal skin, taking into account hormonal changes and other factors. Our goal is to not only diminish existing sun damage but also to prevent further harm and promote overall skin health during menopause.  You can expect tailored and effective solutions to combat sun damage and achieve radiant, healthy skin.

Seek Professional Advice if concerned about dark spots or changing moles, consult your GP or for a skin review.

Bruising, Fragile Skin, and Slow Wound Healing

  • Collagen production drops with age, weakening the skin. Reduced collagen around blood vessels leads to easy bruising. Wounds heal more slowly with low oestrogen levels.

What Can You Do? 

Consider HRT: Replacing lost oestrogen early can help preserve skin collagen levels.

What Can We Do?

We understand the challenges that menopause-related changes can bring to your skin, including increased bruising and slower healing. We offer personalised treatment plans to help skin health and skin rejuvenation, stimulate collagen production and improve skin elasticity. Additionally, we will provide bespoke skincare regimen, that may include specific products designed to speed up the healing process. We can also refer you on to a  nutritional specialist for professional advice and guidance on diet, to support overall skin health during the menopausal transition. Contact us to schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can help you address these specific menopausal skin concerns.

Addressing Facial Changes During Menopause

The transition through menopause brings not only internal shifts but also noticeable changes in facial appearance. Recent studies highlight that menopause affects bone density, even in facial bones. As bone tissue diminishes faster than it regenerates, facial bones become smaller. This bone loss contributes to several facial changes:

  • Mid-Face Hollowing

  • Chin Narrowing

  • Jowling

  • Loss of Jawline Definition

Collagen is a vital protein, that provides skin strength and resilience. During the first 5 Years after Menopause up to 30% of skin collagen can be lost and when collagen production drops the skin loses its firmness, leading to laxity, fine lines and wrinkles.

What Can You Do?

Lifestyle Adjustments:

  • Limit sun exposure to prevent collagen breakdown.

  • Stop Smoking: Smoking accelerates collagen loss.

Anti-Aging Serums:

  • Topical Retinoids: These promote collagen production and improve skin texture.

  • Vitamin C: An antioxidant that supports collagen synthesis.

What Can We Do?

We offer a variety of non-surgical and minimally invasive treatments to address these changes, such as Profhilo to improve volume, dermal fillers to restore and rejuvenate your features, skin tightening procedures to improve sagging, and other personalised medical aesthetic treatment plans to help you achieve a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance perimenopause, during and after menopause. We are dedicated to providing personalised care and tailored treatment plans to help you look and feel your best at every stage of life.

Remember proactive care can help maintain skin vitality and minimise the signs of aging.

Important to us and you.

Take this opportunity to book a no obligation complementary consultation, in a supportive, friendly environment. Get in touch to discuss your skin concerns, symptoms and treatments for the menopause in Hitchin at Fox Medical Aesthetics.

We only offer the highest quality and award winning products and injectables. Some of which are prescription only medication. Skin analysis, consultation and treatment for symptoms of the menopause in Hitchin at Fox Medical Aesthetics are carried out by an Independent Nurse Prescriber and medical aesthetic clinician. A personalised skin care routine with recommended products will be provided following every consultation. When required, an individual prescription is written and provided for recommended products or treatments that form part of a treatment plan. A date for any future treatment is arranged following skin analysis and consultation.

Patient Journey

Fox Medical Aesthetics provide a comprehensive, safe clinical service every step of the way, in a relaxed, friendly and safe professional environment. Offering an initial consultation, bespoke treatment, review appointment and aftercare products and services, striving to provide the highest levels of patient care and service. Whether it’s a specific area of concern, or a particular treatment you have in mind, advise will be given on the best and most effective treatment options that are suitable for you.  Helping you make an informed decision, with no obligation to book a treatment following a consultation. 

Consultation

Skin Analysis machine being used at Fox medical Aesthetics

A consultation will always be conducted prior to non-surgical aesthetic treatments. The consultation includes a comprehensive holistic and integrative medical assessment to ensure your safety and suitability for treatment. This is the first and most important step in your aesthetic journey ensuring that you receive the most appropriate treatment plan and care based on your desired end results. The consultation also provides an opportunity to understand your needs, answer any questions and address any concerns you may have.

Treatment

Patient being injected with Botox in Hitchin at Fox Medical Aesthetics

Individual care tailored to your unique requirements. I perform all injectable treatments myself. In-clinic professional treatments and homecare are available to improve skin health and skin conditions, restoring and enhancing your natural looks and appearance. Results are often not just skin deep, also helping increase your confidence and well-being.

Aftercare

Client Review after Botox in Hitchin at Fox Medical Aesthetics in Hitchin

Review appointments are offered following prescribed injectable medical treatments. This is to assess post-treatment results. 

I endeavour to ensure every patient receives the highest level of care and best possible results.  Following your appointment  you will be provided with written aftercare advice to refer to at home. I can also  prescribe skin care products, designed to be used at home, which will help increase healing, improve your skin and enhance your results.

I believe that your consultation, aftercare and follow up treatments are as important as the treatment itself, and you can always contact me should you have any questions following your appointment.

Understanding the Menopause in Hitchin

 

Menopause marks a significant phase in a woman’s life, a transition from fertility to a new chapter. While experiencing menopausal symptoms at the appropriate age often points to the transition, a straightforward blood test can provide definitive confirmation. Consult your GP for this diagnostic step. Let’s take a closer look at the onset of the menopause and its associated symptoms:

  • Gradual Shift: Menopause isn’t an abrupt event; it unfolds gradually. Initially, menstrual cycles become less predictable, sometimes irregular, until they eventually cease altogether. For some, it’s a gradual fade; for others, it’s as if the switch flips one day. This process results from declining levels of the sex hormone oestrogen.

  • Age and Timing: Typically occurring between ages 45 and 55, menopause is a universal experience. In the UK, the average age is around 51. However, some women face a premature menopause before turning 40, although this is less common.

Symptoms and Impact: Menopause brings a host of symptoms, affecting daily life and comfort:

  • A reduction in collagen and reduced bone density resulting in a change in in the appearance of your skin and facial features

  • Night Sweats: Disruptive nighttime perspiration.

  • Sleep Challenges: Difficulty getting restful sleep.

  • Emotional Shifts: Feelings of depression, anxiety, or low mood.

  • Cognitive Changes: Memory lapses and reduced concentration.

  • Intimate Discomfort: Vaginal dryness during sexual intercourse.

  • Hot Flushes: Sudden waves of heat and sweating.

These symptoms often appear before noticeable changes in menstrual cycles. They serve as early indicators of perimenopause—the transitional phase leading up to menopause and also post-menopause, where symptoms can persist for a number of years, with the duration varying from person to person. Remember, menopause is a natural part of life—a journey that brings challenges but also newfound wisdom and resilience.

 

When it comes to managing menopausal symptoms, a range of approaches exists. These recommendations vary, with some accessible through the NHS and others via private healthcare and clinics:

  • Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT): Designed to replenish lost hormones—especially oestrogen—HRT effectively alleviates symptoms. It’s a common choice for many women.

  • Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT): A more natural and advanced form of HRT, BHRT tailors hormone replacement to an individual’s needs.

  • Cosmetic Dermatology and Medical Grade Skincare: Improve skin health, stimulate collagen production, improve facial structure, smooth fine lines and wrinkles.

  • Vaginal Creams: These provide relief from vaginal dryness, a common menopausal discomfort.

  • Psychological Therapies: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) helps manage mood concerns, providing valuable emotional support.

  • Lifestyle Adjustments: Guidance on healthy eating and exercise plays a crucial role in mitigating menopausal symptoms.

 

Remember, personalised care and informed choices empower you. Seek professional advice to navigate menopause with confidence. 

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Frequently Asked Questions Skin Health and Menopause Treatments in Hitchin

  • How much does an online consultation cost
    We are currently offering complementary online skin consultations. These last 15-30 minutes. If you are planning to book an in-clinic treatment you will receive a free complementary skin assessment and individualised skincare plan as part of the appointment. Alternatively you can book an an in-clinic skincare assessment for £50. It is entirely your choice as to which session to book yourself in for.
  • What is an online consultation and what happens during the video chat?
    Once you have secured your online appointment, you will receive a link that leads you to a virtual consultation room where your clinician will meet with you at your confirmed time slot. When you book an online skin consultation, you will be able to select time slots that work best for your schedule. The consultation can be as long or as short as desired. Even if you only have a few minutes, you can still quickly meet your clinician and receive a fully personalised skincare regime, delivered to your doorstep. An average consultation lasts for 30 minutes. During the consultation, we will gain an understanding your skin goals, your medical history and lifestyle preferences such as your budget and pace of life. Based on our professional assessment, we will send you a treatment plan consisting of medical grade skincare products. At your own option, you can purchase these products and have them delivered to your door, though there is zero obligation, the products will be there if or when you choose to use them.
  • How much do the products cost?
    Product prices vary and we will work within your budget. A cleanser that lasts for 4-6 months ranges between £15-40 and an active serum that lasts for 3-4 months ranges between £50-100. GetHarley have access to thousands of products and the we are not employed by any skincare brand, therefore our recommendations will be individual to you, while remaining unbiased and brand agnostic.
  • What is personalised skincare
    Skincare is not a one size fits all solution. Whether you have oily, dry, combination, sensitive, hyperpigmented, lighter or darker skin, we are here to help. We will assess and create a personalised and individual skincare plan tailored to your skin goals and concerns. GetHarley are proudly brand agnostic, which gives us the freedom to choose the brands and products we trust, so that your plan will be completely customised for you and your skin.
  • What does a personalised skincare plan consist of?
    Your Personalised Skincare Plan will include an entire skincare routine for the morning and the evening, recommended by us. This can include, but is not limited to, a cleanser, a serum, a moisturiser, a SPF, eye cream. We will select the products, that you will have the option to purchase, that satisfy your time needs, your budget and your skin needs and goals.
  • What skincare brands will you recommend?
    GetHarley stocks the brands the skincare specialists believe in and want to recommend. With over 500 medical grade skincare brands to choose from, we are able to curate a Personalised Skincare Plan for you with brands and products that you may have heard of and some that are only available through a qualified and experienced clinician and therefore, not readily available to purchase anywhere else. Some of these include Obagi, AlumierMD, Exuviance Professional, Neostrata, Epionce, Heliocare, Medik8, Meder, Skinbetter Science, Intradermology among others.
  • Is GetHarley a subscription service?
    GetHarley is not another digital subscription service selling a new dermabrand. Instead, following your professional skin health advice, it enables you to have well-known, clinically-proven, in-clinic-only brands, recommended specifically for you by a skincare professional, delivered to your door at any time you want. No obligation and no commitment to purchase anything, just purchase what you want, from the products in the skincare plan, when you need them.

Important Stuff

We need to let you know that a consultation is required before any injectable treatment  at Fox Medical Aesthetics and injectable treatments will not be carried out on the same day. This is important because it allows you time to reflect upon the information given to you, and consider your treatment plan. We look forward to hearing from you soon

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