On February 10, the inaugural Menopause in Aesthetics (MIA) conference was held at the Waldorf Hilton in London.
The event, which was founded by The Aesthetic Associates, saw 350 delegates and 100 live streamers gather to further knowledge and awareness of how aesthetic practitioners can help menopausal patients, as well as challenging shame and stigma.
Talks throughout the day highlighted that aesthetic practitioners are well placed to aid their patients through holistic wellness. There were 26 speakers, including MIA chairs and aesthetic practitioners Dr Mayoni Gooneratne and Dr Shirin Lakhani, Dr Yusra Al-Mukhtar, Dr Sophie Shotter, Dr Vikram Talaulikar, Dr Bhavjit Kaur, Dr Nichola Conlon, Dr Martin Kinsella, Dr Ginni Mansberg and more.
Dr Lakhani, who specialises in menopause and intimate health, said, “For too long, women’s health has been ignored and their symptoms diminished. Thankfully this is starting to change. The focus of aesthetic medicine is changing away from simply correcting the signs of ageing to the management of the entire ageing process.”
The event covered a wide breadth of topics, including the psychological impact of the menopause, the menopause’s influence on patients’ skin, hormonal treatments for the menopause, weight management, and sexual wellbeing. The broad focus remained on how to empower menopausal patients to overcome the stigma and take ownership of their own health.
Aesthetic practitioner and founder of Human Health Dr Gooneratne commented, “When talking about wellness with patients, the conversation shouldn’t be just about hormones, which is the common discussion. It should be about what information there is for women and how are they going to support themselves through other lifestyle measures.”
Menopause in Aesthetics will return on February 24, 2024 at The Grand Connaught Rooms, London, and an educational consumer event Pause will be at the same location on June 10, 2023.