Lichen sclerosus is a skin condition that we most oftentimes see on the external genitalia of post-menopausal women. Although the exact cause is unknown, some women may be genetically predisposed to developed it. Lichen sclerosus causes patches of skin to become thinner and turn white, either in small clusters or larger patches. The white patches sometimes itch, burn, bruise or tear, cause pain, or blister and peel (in severe cases). The presence of this skin condition may cause physical discomfort as well as intimacy issues; many ladies might be embarrassed of the discoloration or find intimacy to be painful (in severe cases).
Traditionally the first step in treatment includes a topical corticosteroid. This will alleviate some of the itching, but it usually takes months to get to the root of the issue. Additional treatments include topical retinoids, ingested steroids, and/or immune-modulating medications all of which come with their own set of pros and cons.
We have found a much more effective treatment. We use MonaLisa Touch to alleviate lichen sclerosus found on the external genitalia, even in cases that do not respond to traditional medication. The same CO2 laser that is used inside the vagina to treat vaginal atrophy and discomforts can also be used on the external genitalia; the laser restores elasticity and vascularity to the affected skin. Women are amazed how fast, painless, and effective this treatment is.
MonaLisa Touch is not a part of our Specialty OB/GYN practice. For evaluation, consultation, and treatment, please refer to our website at www.monalisatouchchico.com or call 530-270-9627.