Lichen Sclerosus is a skin condition that affects the intimate area. The condition causes skin around the vagina, vulva or penis to become very itchy and sensitive. White patches will appear around the area and could bleed if scratched or rubbed – these may appear unsightly. Some may experience pain during intercourse or using the bathroom too. Lichen Sclerosus mainly affects women over the age of 50, however in some cases younger men and women can also experience the condition. It is important to note that Lichen Sclerosus is not contagious and you cannot pass it on to a partner through sexual intercourse. The concern can affect all skin types and the exact cause is unknown. It is not thought that poor hygiene causes Lichen Sclerosus. Currently there is no cure; however symptoms can be reduced through a variety of methods.
Many things can aggravate Lichen Sclerosus or cause flare ups. These include irritants such as soap, shower gel, perfume, bubble bath, shaving foam and hair removal cream. If you have Lichen Sclerosus you should avoid these products. Lichen Sclerosus is also commonly mistaken for thrush and if left untreated can lead to more advanced problems like permanently changing the look of your genitals, infections from scratching and scarring.
The Lichen Sclerosus treatment is carried out at our Leamington Spa aesthetic clinic by experienced doctors. We use the Mona Lisa Touch intimate CO2 laser, an advanced non-invasive and non-surgical treatment to carefully remove the outer layer of damaged skin. The treatment offers very little downtime and very few risks.
All patients will first attend a medical consultation and assessment with our doctor. During the assessment, our doctor will take a full medical history. We’ll also be able to address any concerns you have and answer any questions regarding Lichen Sclerosus or the procedure. We will also provide you with an accurate quote and suggest the number of sessions required for the best results.
Once you have decided to proceed with treatment, a lidocaine numbing cream will be applied to the area to ensure your comfort. We will wait around 30 minutes for the numbing cream to take effect before starting the laser procedure. The treatment is minimally painful and feels like elastic bands on the skin. The treatment will last around 10 minutes.
During treatment, the laser stimulates the production of collagen and triggers your body’s natural healing response. It is important that we target all of the Lichen Sclerosus to prevent a return of the condition. Because the laser sterilises the skin, you will not see any blood.
The laser pulses, aimed at the vaginal tissue by a special probe, create micro-lesions. These are surrounded by healthy tissue and fractionate the mucosa. This triggers the natural repair and rejuvenation processes, stimulates the production of collagen and blood flow in the area and consequently promotes lubrication, thereby restoring hydration and tissue elasticity. The healthy tissue surrounding the Lichen Sclerosus will remain unharmed.
All skin types are suitable for treatment and usually 3 sessions are required. Sometimes more are needed if the condition is severe.
The laser targets Lichen Sclerosus by destroying the outer layers of the skin and stimulating cell turnover. The fully recovery time for a CO2 laser procedure is typically about 1 week. Due to the intimate treatment, we have to take extra care to avoid infection or discomfort so use the very best medical grade lasers. The Mona Lisa Touch is a specialist laser for intimate areas only.
Following treatment your skin will be a little red and sore. This is totally normal and the beginning of your recovery journey. Within a few weeks after your last session, you can expect a more even skin tone, a reduction in itching/pain and restored confidence. As the Mona Lisa Touch has many benefits, you may also experience minor intimate lightening, along with tighter skin around the area.
Whilst there are many treatments and creams on offer claiming to treat Lichen Sclerosus, many do not work effectively and come with risks. We believe the Mona Lisa Touch is the very best solution to Lichen Sclerosus. The laser manufacturer is DEKA, a medical laser company backed by decades of research and clinical studies. DEKA are market leaders and are well known for an excellent level of safety and results.