Sagging Skin after Menopause, Does PRP Work?

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While your confidence and wisdom are going better with age, the same isn’t true for your hormones. Menopause, a phase of the end of your childbearing age, causes lots of hormonal changes. This will take a true different in your skin health, increasing the risk of thinning and sagging skin. A number of treatment options are available, how about PRP (platelet-rich plasma), does it work?

Sagging skin after menopause

With age, the collagen production of your skin decreases naturally. The skin’s elasticity decreases and you’re also likely to lose some essential fat under the skin. With dryness aggravated by hormonal changes during menopause, those would make sagging skin more likely – commonly around the jawline, neck, cheeks, forehead, thighs, and belly.

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Changes of hormones are probably the main culprit. The balance of your hormones is important for many body functions. When this balance is affected, you would have some consequences. That’s what we see in puberty, during pregnancy, and other hormonal imbalance conditions (including perimenopause and menopause).

With menopause, essential hormones to support many parts of your body – especially progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone – are produced much lower than before. This decline may start in your life as early as 30s, which is usually more noticeable in your 40s and 50s.

Here is a brief summary about the role of some important hormones for your skin health and firmness.

Progesterone

  1. Keeps your skin elastic and firm [1].
  2. Important to help keep your skin moist.
  3. With appropriate amount of estrogen, progesterone plays a role to help estrogen works more effectively.

Estrogen

  1. Plays a role to in the production of collagen for your skin thickness [2].
  2. Keeps the skin moist, this hormone is important to help maintain the balance of your skin’s moisture.
  3. Maintains the quality of the skin’s elastic fibers so wrinkles are less likely to appear.

Testosterone

  1. In women, the excess of this hormone relative to estrogen may factor into acne flare-up at midlife [3].
  2. Maintains the production of sebum by controlling oil producing cells of your skin (sebaceous glands).
  3. It also has an effect in collagen and your skin elasticity.

While there are many hormones involved to keep your skin elastic and firm, it seems estrogen may have the most impact [4]. But the most important thing, the balance of all hormones is the key so your skin can reap benefits most.

Menopause is inevitable thing, it is a nature bless. Off course, we all are not a fan of the symptoms. The good news, we can lessen skin changes associated with menopause. There are several treatment options to help deal with.

Does PRP work for sagging skin after menopause?

When it comes to expecting the fountain of youth, PRP is one of many options to choose from. This treatment has taken so much attention since it promises youthful-looking skin from your own blood. And the result is probably quite promising – though more evidence is required to confirm its effectiveness.

Regardless to the name implies, vampire facial treatment, it is likely safe for most people. It may cause a few discomforts such as swelling, bruising, or a bit of pain afterwards — but these are usually temporary and would relieve within a few days.

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The most crucial thing is probably to make sure that your blood is properly handled.

In this procedure, about 2-4 tablespoons of your blood is drawn from the arm. The blood is then carefully placed in a special medical device to separate the thrombocytes (platelets), which are blood cells for growth healing functions [5]. The output is blood containing high concentration in platelets.

The next step, the blood is re-injected. Your dermatologist carefully re-injects the high-platelets concentration blood into your skin. If necessary a filler is also used to help provide immediate improvements. All these steps take for about an hour! And there is almost no downtime.

But does the procedure work for sagging skin associated with menopause? There is no exact formula on this since the results vary from patient to patient.

And unfortunately, there is still no conclusive evidence on the effectiveness of this procedure, which is particularly true for post-menopausal sagging skin. Currently it only has little evidence backed by science. The FDA looks at this procedure as a medical device, because it uses a few needles and a centrifuge. And the regulations for medical device category are less demanding!

However, as long as you’re a good candidate for PRP, it’s probably worth a try. In fact, anecdotal reports on its effectiveness are also quite ample. Some people find it does work for:

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