Lichen Sclerosis

Lichen sclerosis LS is a skin condition that occurs in women, men and even children but most frequently seen in post-menopausal women. The skin around the genitals and anus can become thin and turn shiny and smooth. Affected skin can tear easily and become scarred. Severe itching, changes in skin color, pain, bleeding, and blisters can also occur. Causes of Lichen Sclerosis may be autoimmune or hormonal but the exact cause is poorly understood. Other areas of the body can be affected but those usually resolve without treatment. Lichen Sclerosis is not contagious. Diagnosis can be confirmed on a skin biopsy.

Without treatment, patches on the genitals can lead to scarring and pain or become cancerous. Lichen Sclerosis can cause scars that narrow the vagina interfering with sexual intercourse. Treatment has traditionally involved surgical excision (not always possible especially in women) and powerful topical steroids which can help mitigate itching and scarring but weaken the skin. Optimization of estrogen levels is also helpful. More advanced treatment includes retinoids (vitamin A like compounds), UV light therapy, or Tacrolimus (immune suppressant).

Your own stem cells from fat have been used for a variety of medical of medical treatments to repair and regenerate acute and chronically damaged tissues. A recent technological breakthrough enables us to now use Adipose (fat) derived stem cells (ASC’s) for the mitigation of LS. Dr. lander is using investigational protocols to use the stem cells  systemically and also injected directly into the LS lesions and results have been excellent. The protocol for LS also involves the addition of topical growth factors in the form of AQ Skin Serum (pure growth factors and FDA approved for topical application). These growth factors
available in doctor’s offices can work together with the stem cell therapy and may be helpful in healing the Lichen Sclerosis lesions. AQ Products are available through Dr. Lander’s office.

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