Lichen Sclerosus Treatment at Harmony Healing
At Harmony Healing, we care for total body health—including skin and sexual health. An uncomfortable skin condition that can adversely affect sexual health is lichen sclerosus. For years, patients suffering from lichen sclerosus thought it was a condition they would simply have to live with since it is incurable. Now, thanks to innovative laser technology, lichen sclerosus can be successfully treated. If you are looking for a way to better manage your lichen sclerosus symptoms, you are in the right place.
What is Lichen Sclerosus?
If you have lichen sclerosus, you commonly experience itching, pain, irritation or burning in genital areas. This uncommon skin condition chronically creates white patches of thinning skin that are susceptible to bruising, tearing and scarring. Since it most commonly affects the vulva, anus, labia, clitoris, perineal and perirectal areas, it can affect bodily functions and lead to severe emotional trauma. Lichen sclerosus does not have a cure and symptoms have historically been difficult to manage. It is not contagious but can affect both women and men, with men’s conditions most commonly appearing on the foreskin of uncircumcised males.
Laser Therapy for Lichen Sclerosus
If commonly prescribed topical steroids and creams have not led to significant improvement in your lichen sclerosus symptoms, you may be an excellent candidate for lichen sclerosus laser therapy. At Harmony Healing, we are experienced in conducting safe, gentle laser therapy on the most sensitive areas affected by lichen sclerosus and have helped our patients enjoy outstanding results. To best determine if you are an ideal candidate and discuss your unique series of laser treatments, your lichen sclerosus will be carefully assessed in the privacy of our office. At this initial consultation, we will put together a personalized plan after reviewing your past medical records to effectively treat your lichen sclerosus and have you on your way to an improved quality of life.
diVa®/divaTyte™for Lichen Sclerosus
diVa® vaginal laser therapy is a noninvasive procedure that restores the youthful feeling and function of the vaginal area. While this treatment is designed for women who may be experiencing vaginal looseness, vaginal dryness, painful intercourse or stress urinary incontinence, it can also be used to treat symptoms of lichen sclerosus. DivaTyte™ is an adjunct to diVa® laser therapy that restores youthful smoothness and elasticity to the labial skin. In cases where lichen sclerosus affects this area, DivaTyte™ can be a worthwhile treatment. diVa® treatments are conducted in the comfort of our office and are not painful.
ProFractional™ Laser Treatments for Lichen Sclerosus
ProFractional™ laser treatments utilize a laser that ablates narrow-diameter channels into the skin rather than removing an entire surface area. For the delicate skin affected by lichen sclerosus, this means lower risks of infection and scarring than traditional laser resurfacing. ProFractional™ laser treatments work to reduce symptoms of lichen sclerosus by triggering a wound-healing response from the body that causes new, healthy skin to rise to the surface. Numbing cream will be applied to your treatment area prior to this procedure to enhance your comfort.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy for Lichen Sclerosus
PRP therapy is a unique treatment that uses your body’s own rich nutrients to nourish the skin affected by lichen sclerosus. Platelets from your own blood (a natural source of growth factors) are harvested and then delivered back into the skin during your treatment. Adding PRP to your lichen sclerosus laser treatment series allows for a greater release of growth factors and biologically active proteins, which activate wound-healing processes in the skin, including collagen production.
Your Personalized Lichen Sclerosus Treatment Plan
Most cases of lichen sclerosus respond best to a series of personalized laser treatments. Depending on your unique situation, your team of experts at Harmony Healing may recommend a series of laser treatments (usually three) to optimize results. You should plan for one week of recovery time prior to resuming normal activities. Treatment results typically begin to appear within one month, at which time your provider at Harmony Healing will assess your response to the treatment and make a recommendation on whether further treatments are needed.
Schedule an appointment at Harmony Healing to get a personalized plan to improve your quality of life and sexual wellness.