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The Menopause – Embrace It, Don’t Fear It!

For some reason, many of us have a deep and abiding fear of menopause and the very thought of it brings us out in a hot sweat.

We see menopause portrayed in the media as a time of physical and emotional distress, filled with crying fits, unreasonable anger, inability to control what your body does.

Now there’s no question that during the menopause things can feel a little difficult with hot flushes, difficulty sleeping and sometimes a reduced libido, but if we told you that we can treat these symptoms safely and effectively, you’d see that the menopause can be one of the best times of our lives.

With us living longer, healthier lives, we can spend up to one third of our lives post-menopausal – so let’s make it the best third. Let’s all start looking on the bright side of the ‘change of life’ and stop approaching the menopause with trepidation.

What is the menopause?

We all go through the menopause at some stage in our lives and for most of us, it occurs between the age of 45-55.

Our ovaries stop producing eggs and as a result the levels of hormones called oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone fall. This can result in hot flushes, insomnia, ageing skin, decreased libido, vaginal dryness and urinary incontinence.

At Elite Aesthetics, we have a range of innovative treatments which have already helped hundreds of women to regain their confidence, take back control and enjoy the menopause.



Many changes during the years leading up to menopause (perimenopause) are brought on by changing levels of hormones produced by the ovaries, mainly oestrogen.

‘Bio-Identical hormone replacement therapy is a very popular alternative to HRT and we’ve already helped a huge number of patients to rebalance their hormones and regain control’ explains Dr Shirin.

‘Bio-identical hormones are manmade hormones derived from plant oestrogens and are chemically identical to our own naturally produced hormones. Therefore, the benefits are similar to what we would expect from our hormones before the menopause.

‘A major benefit of BHRT is that the hormones are specifically tailored to the individual, so many of the side effects associated with a one size fits all approach of conventional HRT, can be eliminated.’

The O-Shot®

For many of us a decreased libido, painful sex and vaginal dryness are menopausal side effects. The O-Shot® offers a treatment which treat these symptoms.

‘The O-Shot® works by taking a small amount of your own blood from your arm’ explains Dr Shirin. ‘We then spin this blood in a centrifuge to isolate the platelets and create the concentrate, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP).

‘This PRP is rich in growth factors which are naturally occurring substances that stimulate cell growth and tissue regeneration. This is then injected back into the walls of your vagina in a pain-free and quick procedure’.

In conjunction with improving libido and vaginal dryness the O-Shot treatment can also be used to Urinary incontinence.

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The Ultra Femme 360

The lack of oestrogen that follows the menopause can cause our pelvic muscles to weaken meaning that they may not be able to control our bladder as they once did when we laugh, sneeze or exercise. This can result in small leakage which can in turn impact our confidence and self-esteem.

Using radiofrequency waves, the Ultra Femme 360 is a completely non-invasive and painless solution for incontinence which takes just 8 minutes offers results from the very first treatment.




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In addition to its gynaecological effects, the menopause can wreak havoc with our skin and hair.

Less oestrogen makes you prone to thinning, sagging, and wrinkling. Menopause causes many changes to our skin. Our bodies stops making as much collagen. We lose some fat under our skin and our skin’s elasticity drops. That, combined with dryness caused by hormonal changes, can cause sagging — especially around the neck, jawline, and cheeks — and fine lines and wrinkles. As we get older and our skin gets drier. Age spots on the face, hands, and chest can look more obvious around menopause. 

‘At Elite Aesthetics we have many treatments that can help combat the visible signs of ageing. Our ever popular Hydrafacial® is a fantastic non-invasive way of providing the skin with intense hydration and antioxidants.

‘Dermal fillers can be very useful when it comes to revitalising and adding lost volume back into the face,’ advises Dr Shirin. ‘They can be used to smooth away facial lines and wrinkles and instantly give a natural looking result.’ A single treatment can last for around 6 to 18 months.

‘Thread lifts are also extremely popular,’ continues Dr Shirin. Known as a non-surgical face lift, threads are gently inserted into the face, resulting in a fresher, more youthful appearance.

Another effective treatment for sagging skin is the Exilis Ultra 360 radiofrequency skin tightening, which can be used for both the face and the body.

Each procedure can be applied individually, and sometimes a combination is the right course. To find out more about these and other treatments available, call 01322 381205 or email


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Dr. Shirin is a fully-trained and highly-experienced aesthetic physician, who works diligently to ensure a 5 star quality service, and brings an honest and ethical approach to every one of our clients. With over 20 years of experience in the medical field, including several years as a GP and a sub-speciality in anaesthetics, Dr. Shirin is fascinated by the harmony between medicine and aesthetics, and with her expertise, Elite Aesthetics is able to offer effective, doctor-led treatments to vastly improve the lives of our clients.

To find out more about how we’ve put a smile on customers faces in the past, read our testimonials below for first-hand accounts of a variety of our treatments. You can also find out more about what we think at Elite on our blog, as well as reading more about what the press says about us. Our delighted clients hail from areas including Greenhithe, Dartford, Gravesend, Bromley, Maidstone, Sevenoaks, and West Malling – as well as from further afield.

Read How I Improved My Lichen Sclerosus

Had a consultation with Elite yesterday, I must say I was a bit nervous, but Dr Shirin was so friendly and helpful.
I was given lots of advice and was given treatment options that were within my budget.
A few weeks after the P Shot I've really started to see a difference and have gained my confidence back.

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Elite is an outstanding professional clinic with high standard treatments. All the staff members are friendly and offer you honest opinions when it comes to products and treatments. This is a welcoming clinic that I can 100% recommend. Treatments are spoken through and explained in detail, also aftercare. I have been going nearly a year now and am happy with all the treatments I’ve had, wouldn't go anywhere else. The Bocox treatment started to work within a few days, which I was surprised about. So glad I went to Elite for treatment.



Thank you Dr Shirin, the O Shot has really helped me with my Lichen Sclerosus. I'd heard about the treatment on the LS Facebook Groups and message a few people that had treatment with Dr Shirin. I was like many in the group who had run out of treatment options and using creams on a daily basis. I have to say a few months after treatment, I can see a real positive change and I'm hoping my LS will continue to improve. Dr Shirin did say that I might have to have a second treatment given how severe my case is.




A great discovery in the neighbourhood ! There is no need to go up to London for a beauty treatment of any kind. You'll find a whole range of different treatments suiting all age groups and concerns. Welcoming, reassuring, friendly, professional, high tech. I shall be back for more. I love the results of the Thread Lift I had.


Great service as always, skin is glowing very happy


Very happy with the result of my recent visit. For sure will continue with Elite in future

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We have extensive knowledge and experience in the medical and aesthetics industries, but we know that above all, the results matter! All of our treatments are vigorously tested in-house before we offer them to our clients to ensure they are safe, effective and will give you, our wonderful clients, the results you want. Your happiness, well-being and satisfaction are at the very core of everything we do here at Elite Aesthetics, and as a result we will never over-treat or carry out a procedure that Dr. Shirin, deems inappropriate or unsafe. Ethical treatment guides our practice, and we aim to become an industry leader in this respect. This means you can always feel confident that you are in safe hands when you choose Elite Aesthetics.

Our practice is led by our founder, Dr. Shirin Lakhani, who is an advocate for greater regulation in the aesthetics industry. Dr. Shirin and Elite Aesthetics believe greater regulation is vital to the development of aesthetics industry as a whole, and as such, our clinic’s philosophy is based on providing doctor-led care to the highest, medically approved standards. We adhere to stringent ethical and medical principles ensuring all the procedures we offer are safe and effective. Dr. Shirin is also fully registered with the GMC (reference number 4634863), and Elite Aesthetics is CQC (Care Quality Commission) Registered, an endorsement recognised by the UK Government, The Department of Health and NHS England.

Elite Aesthetics has been awarded Thread Lift Certification by MINT Threads.

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17:16 05 Jun 23
Hi, Alex here,Just had my Lichen treatment today with Dr Shirin,The whole team at elite are very friendly, comforting and understanding, and did everything they could to give me a wonderful and welcoming experience. They are all so kind, friendly and knowledgeable, world experts at what they do. I am lucky to have them near London. They are also super responsive on the phone and email, so I know they care about thier patients, and I'm very well taken care of, (as with other clinics I have been to, its often difficult to get them to respond to questions), but this clinic is the most responsive I have ever seen!This is a beautiful and wonderful place and I highly recommend it, and I will be recommending it to all my friends as well. They definitely deserve the super high reviews they are getting, so I'm happy to add another one! A Big thank you from me and my family for all you have done for us during this journey!

Margaret QuirkeMargaret Quirke

19:44 11 Apr 23
Great team, friendly and professional. Made me feel very comfortable. They explain everything in detail.very welcoming upon arrival too.I've been going now for a number f weeks and the attitude and cleanliness is consistent. The reception area is always spotless no matter the weather.The staff attitude is always friendly and they put me at great ease

Salima CharifSalima Charif

09:34 30 Mar 23
Good service, honesty and excellent customer service as always 👍

Valerie LambValerie Lamb

08:40 15 Mar 23
Yesterday I had a 'body sculpt' session, to help lymphatic drainage. I was zipped into a suit up to my waist. This massaged and lightly squeezed my feet, ankles, calves, thighs and abdomen. I was breathing oxygen rich air via nasal tubes. It was very relaxing and I slept really well last night. Thank you Elite Aesthetics.

Izzy ChaplinIzzy Chaplin

20:11 09 Mar 23
Today was the first time I visited Elite. The staff were all so friendly and accommodating. Dr. Shirin is so knowledgeable and really helped me understand all the concerns I had. I will definitely be returning. I highly recommend Elite to everyone, especially those concerned with the menopause !


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