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How to effectively treat Lichen Sclerosus

How to effectively treat Lichen Sclerosus

Lichen Sclerosus is a skin condition that is characterized by itchy, sticky skin mainly in the genital area. It typically affects post-menopausal women, but it can also trouble younger women as well.  Unfortunately, many physicians are not familiar with the condition, how to recognize it ort how to trea it, and as a result, lichen sclerosus particularly in the subtle to mild stages is often overlooked (click here).

Facts about lichen sclerosus

Some women have a genetic predisposition to Lichen Sclerosus, but most have never heard about the disorder.  Women may notice subtle whitening on their vulva, but this does not show up in all the cases. As it advances many women develop tissue cracks and paper-like cuts commonly in the inter-labial areas, periclitoral area or at the base of the vagina. This makes the latter area is prone to tearing with intercourse.

In addition to itching which is the predominate symptom, lichen sclerosus can cause burning pain when the tissues crack or fissure. In advanced cases, the vulva skin may shrink causing irritation to the clitoris and evening narrowing the opening of the vagina. These changes to the genital area can result in difficulty with intercourse over time. Also, if the condition is not properly suppressed, about 5% of women go on to develop vulvar squamous cell cancer of the vulva.

Researchers are not sure what causes lichen sclerosus, but they believe it may be an autoimmune related disorder. There is no cure for the condition, but it can be managed and controlled. Is is in the same class as other more common dermatoses including ezcema, psoriasis, and seborrhea.

How to Treat Lichen Sclerosus

Traditional treatment for lichen sclerosus was progesterone cream then testosterone cream and now replaced by more effective topical corticosteroid ointments. These are particularly effective if used in the proper potencies and duration. Too many physicians just use a superpotent corticosteriod for brief periods of time then nothing to be followed by relapse.

The experts in vaginal disorders at Fowler GYN International (FGI) point out the need for for proper potency use to get the condition under suppression and then low dose maintenance therapy to keep it suppressed. Maintenance therapy is particularly important as it will help prevent the reoccurrence of symptoms, and reduce the risk of developing cancer.

If you are interested in understanding more about how to treat Lichen Sclerosus, contact Dr. R. Stuart Fowler at FGI. You can set up an appointment by calling 480-420-4001, or go online to http://www.fowlergyninternational.com/contact-us.

Say Good-Bye to Your Post-Baby Body forever with a Mommy Makeover

For some women the changes that come with pregnancy are tumultuous, and none more so than the physical changes. After pregnancy they end up with a body they neither want nor recognize. But it’s possible to say goodbye to your post-baby body with a mommy makeover (click here).

A mommy makeover consists of surgical procedures that are done to rejuvenate the breasts and abdomen after pregnancy. In addition to weight gain, some women grapple with stretch marks, sagging breasts, and a bulging tummy after pregnancy and breast feeding. These can all be corrected with mommy makeover procedures.

Who is a good candidate?

The ideal candidate for a mommy makeover should be in good health, and should also have completed childbearing. During consultation patients should let their plastic surgeon know the main areas that concern them, so that the surgeon can design a treatment plan to address those areas.

Here are some of the more common mommy makeover procedures:

•    An abdominoplasty or tummy tuck is a popular mommy makeover procedure. Pregnancy often results in the stretching of the abdominal muscles, which are unable to snap back into shape. A tummy tuck will remove excess skin and fat, and flatten the abdominal region.

•    Breast Lift surgery is done to raise and firm the breasts, which are often left droopy and deflated after pregnancy. This typically involves the removal of excess tissue.

•    Liposuction is another sought-after mommy makeover procedure. During surgery excess fat is removed in order to reshape and contour the body.

Dr. Kyle Song of Song Plastic Surgery in Irvine, CA is a renowned plastic surgeon that performs many mommy makeovers each year. If you would like to say goodbye to your post baby body with a mommy makeover, then contact Song Plastic Surgery today for a consultation.