As we get closer to living a year under pandemic protocols, we have adapted to a new normal: wearing masks, video-conferencing, and carefully considered social interactions. These stressors, along with an uncertain future, are taking a toll on our sense of well-being and wellness. Stress also causes issues with hormones, which can manifest as blemishes on skin as well as weight gain and fatigue.

While we cannot always change our circumstances, we can make adjustments to be healthier and happier. Those adjustments can be internal, but they can also be external. Focusing on your hormonal and aesthetic issues can be an important part of improving well-being.

Common symptoms of hormonal issues:

  • Fatigue
  • Poor energy
  • Decreased libido 
  • Weight gain
  • Decreased muscle mass 
  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats 
  • Sleep disturbance 

Some people are wary of hormonal treatment and are fearful of the risks associated with hormones. The reality is that many men and women can benefit from hormonal management, which is safe and effective. The first step in treatment involves a comprehensive evaluation and consultation with a healthcare provider who is familiar with hormone management. An individualized treatment plan addresses your unique issues and helps you get back to feeling vital and energetic.

While hormone treatment helps address your appearance from the inside, it’s also important to treat aesthetic concerns directly. Cameras on phones and computers don’t always capture the best angle or show us in the best light, often highlighting imperfections when we meet virtually. Having peace of mind about your appearance can do a lot for your well-being. When you’re confident and enjoy interacting with the world, it can have a profound impact on mental health.

Aesthetic treatments can help with:

  • Dull/dry skin
  • Skin discoloration
  • Acne and Acne scars
  • Wrinkles
  • Sagging skin
  • Stretch marks

While the world deals with some real challenges, small improvements to your every day and focusing on your personal well-being can help with how you deal with stress. Eating well, getting rest, and exercise are all important. Appropriate vitamin supplementation, particularly with Vitamin D, can also be helpful. Addressing hormonal and aesthetic health may also prove to be a significant step on the path to feeling like the best version of you.

Modern Gynecology & Reproductive Health specializes and focuses on working with patients to address hormonal and aesthetic concerns. They take the time to find the right treatment protocols to help people feel like the best version of themselves. MORE Aesthetics, a new division within Modern Gynecology & Reproductive Health, uses the most cutting-edge skincare treatments, including the Opus Plasma skin resurfacing device as well as custom-created skincare products to provide the best options for clients. 

Dr. Susan Lacy is a Gynecologist practicing in Memphis for over 20 years. She attended Johns Hopkins Medical School and completed OB-GYN Residency at the University of Tennessee Memphis. Dr. Lacy created Modern Gynecology & Reproductive Health in 2019 in response to a need for more accessible gynecologic healthcare, transgender care, fertility services, and general wellness. She is excited to bring an innovative approach to reproductive care in Midtown Memphis.