If you have itchy, discolored skin on your external genitalia, you may have lichen sclerosus, a condition that commonly occurs in postmenopausal women. Dr. Gregory Davis at MonaLisa Touch Chico offers an alternative and effective treatment for lichen sclerosus: laser therapy using the advanced MonaLisa Touch®. Treatment with the MonaLisa Touch® is pain-free and quick, so call his office in Chico, California, or book an appointment online.
Lichen sclerosus is a skin condition that can occur anywhere on your body but most often affects skin on your external genitalia, where it causes patches of skin to turn white and become thinner than normal. While lichen sclerosus can develop in anyone, it’s most common in postmenopausal women.
Some women may be genetically susceptible to lichen sclerosus, otherwise, the exact cause hasn’t been determined. If you have lichen sclerosus, you may have a higher risk of developing an autoimmune disorder such as thyroid disease and diabetes.
You’ll have white spots or blotchy, wrinkled patches of your skin, but you may not have any other symptoms. Women who develop symptoms experience:
Topical corticosteroids are often the first line of treatment. They may relieve itching, but it can take months before you’ll see improvement in your skin. Other treatments that may be used alone or with topical steroids include topical retinoids, immune-modulating medications, and systemic steroids. Your doctor may recommend that you keep regular checkups because lichen sclerosus can increase your risk for skin cancer.
Yes, laser treatment with the MonaLisa Touch® can alleviate lichen sclerosus, even in cases that don’t respond to medical treatment. The MonaLisa Touch® was developed to treat vaginal atrophy, using a fractional CO2 laser to restore collagen and blood vessels in vaginal tissues.
When it’s used to treat lichen sclerosus, Dr. Davis takes advantage of the laser’s thermal and ablative abilities. As a result, skin color, elasticity, and vascularity in the treated area improve.
Since lichen sclerosus commonly occurs in postmenopausal women, and many women develop vaginal atrophy after menopause, it’s good to know that your MonaLisa Touch® session can also be used to effectively restore vaginal health and eliminate symptoms like vaginal dryness and painful intercourse.
All sessions with the MonaLisa Touch® are short -- about five minutes -- and pain-free. Dr. Davis lets you know how many sessions you may need to treat lichen sclerosus during your consultation.