Changes in skin, hair, and hair during menopause (Part 2)

The hair in menopause

Also, at the hair level, we find changes. Hair growth slows, and hair becomes thinner and shorter, which sometimes results in a certain degree of alopecia. The scalp, as in the rest of the skin, becomes drier. If the hormonal mismatch is more significant, with high levels of androgens or a family history of baldness, it is possible to find female androgenic alopecia. This alopecia is not exclusive to menopause and can start at any age after puberty. Being a continuous and progressive fall, the most important thing is to consult with the doctor to establish an early diagnosis that is usually treated with topical minoxidil and a systemic antiandrogen.

Treatments in medical consultation for skin and hair

1. Skin aging:

Aging lesions can improve with proper dermatological or surgical treatment. The application of chemical peels, injections of hyaluronic acid or facial implants, botulinum toxin, cryosurgery, cosmetic surgery (lifting, liposculpture, profiling or profile surgery) and laser offer excellent results. Now, it is about your health, consult with a specialized doctor who gives you guarantees and who speaks to you about the beneficial effects and the harmful ones. Avoid propaganda treatments with great discounts and magical solutions that seem unreal: they are not real.

2. In extreme cases of baldness:

In highly evolved alopecia, medical treatment may be insufficient. In these cases, I mention some of the therapies that are used:

  • The hair transplant is a minimally invasive technique that allows density quickly. Both with the classic strip technique and with the transplantation of follicular micro-grafts, good results are usually achieved.
  • The cell therapies, and specifically the platelet-rich plasma which has been used with encouraging results in androgenetic alopecia, diffuse alopecia, etc. Plasma is a part of the blood that, when centrifuged, accumulates a large number of platelets that are very rich in growth factors (it is recommended to repeat the session one month and three months later). However, despite the right results, there are no comprehensive comparative studies.

As for cosmetics, shampoos, gels, masks, etc. they will not modify hair growth but offer the hair shaft (the visible part) preservation of its structure, making hair brighter and more beautiful.

Body and facial hair at menopause

The amount and distribution of our body hair respond to the amount and type of hormones we produce. Thus, men have much more hair than women and distributed in a very different way.

Well, during menopause, our body hair weakens, it grows much less, and the one we have is thinner and fragile. This is a great advantage because we are not such slaves of happy hair removal.

Conversely, it happens to us in the face, suddenly we see that hair appears on the chin, around the lips, in the area that goes from the button to the ears, this makes us feel inadequate and forces us to take care of ourselves more.

When hair growth is very abundant, we talk about hirsutism, it is not the case in menopause, but if there is that it is good that we know what it is and what it should. It involves the increase of hair both in the face, covering areas such as the temples, the chin, and the neck, as well as in the body, in the breast areolas, the thorax, the navel area, the thighs, and the back. It is not that we are talking about a specific disease, but about a symptom that is the manifestation of other disorders that should be consulted with the doctor. Some of them are hypothyroidism, polycystic ovary syndrome, ovarian hypertrichosis, and congenital adrenal hyperplasia.

The treatment of hirsutism, as well as its diagnosis, should be directed by a specialist doctor. Once the doctor has determined the causes of hirsutism, we can treat excess hair. Today the most effective way to combat it is laser hair removal, which is much more expensive than standard hair removal, but we permanently remove hair.

How can I remove facial and body hair?

Treatments with hormone replacement therapy decrease the effect of estrogen falling at all levels, therefore also mitigate the results at the skin and hair level. Some ways to remove or disguise facial hair are to dye it or remove it with tweezers, with depilatory creams (the eye that some can irritate the skin), with wax, electric or laser hair removal.

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