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Saggy menopause skin:It’s not aging. And it’s not your fault.

Many YouTubers have covered the impact of menopause on skin but they’ve missed the biggest factor.

Loss of estrogen does not directly effect collagen production in a meaningful way.

Rather it’s the effect of estrogen on the quality and quantity of fat tissue that’s responsible for the changes in the skin.

This menopause “road trip” covers a lot of ground.

And we are fortunate to have Babette Crowder, an aesthetician who spent 30+ years in the beauty industry to join me and contribute a very important perspective.

Here’s a road map of the road trip.

03:06 First stop: Sneaky changes in body composition that start 5 years before menopause transition. Yes, five years.

05:07 Second stop: The many ways that loss of estrogen affects body composition. You won’t believe all that is going on.

08:29 Third stop: A close biopsy-driven look at the changes in body composition, fitness, and eating habits that occur between pre-menopause and menopause.

12:23 Fourth stop: Courtesy of Shiseido, we get an objective evaluation of how changes in dermal and subcutaneous fat influences skin function, with a focus on sagging.

14:52 First extra stop: Changes in the skin’s fat cells also affect hair.

Sources:
Changes in body composition and weight during the menopause transition – PubMed (nih.gov) Free full paper available:
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30843…

The role of oestrogen in determining sexual dimorphism in energy balance – PubMed (nih.gov) Free full paper available:
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/36117…

Changes in abdominal subcutaneous adipose tissue phenotype following menopause is associated with increased visceral fat mass
– PubMed (nih.gov) Free full paper available:
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34285…

Influence of subcutaneous adipose tissue mass on dermal elasticity and sagging severity in lower cheek:
– PubMed (nih.gov) Free abstract only. Email if interested in full paper.
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20637…

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