The menopause transition is an equal opportunity event. It impacts your skin in a variety of ways but the cherry on top is perimenopause, which some women don’t even realize exists until they start feeling the impact on their body. So what’s the difference between the two and how do they affect your skin?
Menopause officially begins one year after your last period and marks the end of female reproduction. As estrogen levels drop, you might start experiencing symptoms. Some of these can occur while you are still at the perimenopause stage. You might experience:
- hot flashes
- skin laxity and dryness
- night sweats
- anxiety or irritability
- mood swings
- vaginal dryness
- frequent urination
Perimenopause, on the other hand, is the menopause transitional phase, and it happens before menopause. Now, let’s focus in on what exactly happens to your skin during both these stages.
Studies show that your skin will lose about 30% of its collagen during the first 5 years of menopause. After that the decline is more gradual – about 2% every year for the next 20 years.
Why is that important you ask? Well, collagen is what keeps your skin firm. Pretty important, right?
So when your body stops making as much collagen, your skin’s elasticity drops. That, combined with dryness caused by hormonal changes, can cause sagging — especially around the neck, jawline, and cheeks — and fine lines and wrinkles.
But with the NEWA you can stimulate the production of new collagen and remodel existing collagen to plump up your skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
NEWA uses 3DEEP Radiofrequency Technology developed by ENDYMED Medical to deliver controlled, focused RF energy deep into the skin, without any pain or risk, reactivating the skin’s’ natural collagen production. By focusing RF energy deep within the dermis, 3DEEP stimulates collagen and elastin renewal and the result is a clinically proven reduction of fine lines, wrinkles and skin laxity.
The best time to start NEWA treatments is around the perimenopause stage because it takes your body less time to rebuild collagen levels before they start plummeting. But even if you missed that boat, it’s still not too late to start rebuilding what you’ve lost.
Taking control of our aging process is possible and empowering. With NEWA, you can target the main cause of wrinkles – collagen loss – and rejuvenate your skin. We asked Dr. Akerman to speak a bit about what happens to our skin during menopause and how what we can do to reverse the aging process.