Age brings wisdom—at least to some people—but it also brings lines and wrinkles. No matter how many creams, lotions, and serums you apply to your skin, their effect is ultimately limited. To make matters worse, postmenopausal women no longer have the levels of estrogen in their system that keeps skin firm and supple.
Fortunately, a practiced medical professional can help to restore these hormones that are so beneficial for your skin’s appearance. Newport Beach hormone therapy for aging skin can turn back the years and make you look and feel like you did in your younger days.
Estrogen is produced primarily by the ovaries and boosts the production of collagen, the most common protein in the body. Collagen is responsible for skin firmness and elasticity, and it also keeps the skin hydrated and plumped up for a more youthful appearance.
Once estrogen production wanes in menopause, most women experience drier skin along with sagging and wrinkling. As women age, the skin becomes thinner and more fragile, making the aging process more noticeable and the skin more vulnerable to any type of trauma.
Newport Beach hormone therapy for aging skin can restore collagen and greatly improve skin’s appearance and thickness, as well as boost skin hydration. However, it is critical that the right type of estrogen replacement therapy is used.
Many women are nervous when they hear about Newport Beach hormone therapy for aging skin, because they associate it with a higher risk of breast cancer and heart disease. To be fair, that connection may prove true about standard estrogen replacement therapy, for which the hormones are derived from conjugated equine estrogens from the urine of pregnant mares.
However, that is not the case with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, as these hormones are derived from plant extracts such as soy and wild yam. Bioidentical hormones are exactly the same on the molecular level as the hormones produced by a woman’s body prior to menopause, and the body recognizes them as such. It does not recognize estrogen produced by horses in the same way, thereby leading to certain health risks.
There are two ways of receiving bioidentical hormones to improve aging skin. The traditional method is through either pills, injections, or intradermal pellets. The other more modern way is via a cream or gel applied topically to the skin. Each patient’s doctor could discuss the best form(s) of treatment to suit their individual needs.
If a patient is experiencing other side effects of menopause, such as hot flashes, night sweats, loss of libido, insomnia or depression, she may benefit from traditional bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, as this may help improve her quality of life overall. If she experiences few other menopausal side effects, topical delivery is likely adequate.
Topical estrogen not only aids in erasing lines and wrinkles but can also improve the appearance of acne and other old scars. As a result, many women choose both traditional and topical forms of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy to help them on various levels.
There is no one size fits all with bioidentical hormones—in fact, they are created specifically for each patient in a state-of-the-art compounding pharmacy. Along with hormones, the doctor will recommend supplements to help with skin and overall health and devise a custom-tailored diet and exercise plan for each patient.
If you would like more information about how Newport Beach hormone therapy for aging skin could help your complexion, call the Newport Beach office of Dr. Edward Jacobson today and arrange a consultation. Dr. Jacobson is available to schedule appointments in-person periodically, or remotely via telephone, FaceTime, or Skype.