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Lichen Sclerosus

“Debilitating, life altering, painful, unbearable.” 

 

These are all words used to describe the symptoms from those who suffer from Lichen Sclerosus. 

Since 2011, Dr. Newman has been treating patients who suffer from Lichen Sclerosus with his life changing Stem Cell Lift and has helped hundreds of patients to provide relief and restore their optimal life.

Dr. Newman’s team manages a Facebook group for women with Lichen Sclerosus. The group consists of women with Lichen Sclerosus and can be joined via an invite from one of the staff members. It is a ‘secret’ group by Facebook standards and is a great resource that offers ample support for anyone who suffers from Lichen Sclerosus. If you would like to join please call or e-mail Dr. Newman’s office, [email protected], 310-273-3344.

Although the exact cause is unknown, LS is a disease of multi-factorial etiology. Associated factors include genetic predisposition, epigenetic factors, autoimmune diseases, hormonal influences, infectious triggers, and a stressed immune system. Lichen Sclerosus may be more common in some families and can often be triggered by trauma, hormonal changes, infection, and surgery. Patients with Lichen Sclerosus have a higher risk of developing other autoimmune disorders, which develop when the immune system attacks and injures its own body’s tissues. Associated autoimmune disorders may include thyroid disease, anemia, diabetes, alopecia areata, and vitiligo.

Signs and Symptoms of Lichen Sclerosus

Lichen Sclerosus is a chronic disease that has a spectrum of symptoms, from asymptomatic to mild to severely progressive. Most of the symptoms are from inflammation of the affected areas that may include the clitoris, vulva, vaginal opening, perineum and anal area. Symptoms may experience fusing, erosions, itching, fissures, burning, pain with intercourse, pain with urinating and bowel movements. Sitting for extended periods of time, wearing jeans, and exercising all may be very uncomfortable or is not able to be done. Early in the disease, small white shiny and smooth spots appear on the skin in the genital areas. Many patients may not initially notice the disease, as they may not have any symptoms. As the disease progresses, the spots grow into bigger patches and the skin becomes thin and crinkled. Bright red or purple bruises and patchy white and dark skin color changes are common. The skin becomes very fragile, tearing easily with the slightest friction. Eventually, chronic inflammation results in scarring of the tissues.

 

Excluding Other Conditions

Tests may be done to exclude other conditions that could cause symptoms similar to those of Lichen Sclerosus, such as:

  • Lichen planus (a skin disease that can also cause itching and burning of the genital skin. Lichen planus can occur together with Lichen Sclerosus)
  • Low estrogen level (can cause vaginal dryness, thinning of tissues and painful intercourse.)
  • Vitiligo (an autoimmune skin disorder that can cause white skin patches similar to those of lichen sclerosus. Vitiligo can occur together with Lichen Sclerosus.)
  • Pemphigoid (a rare blistering skin disorder that also causes scarring of the vulva.)
  • Hemorrhoids (which can also cause irritation in the skin of the anus)

Problems with Conventional Treatment Options

To date, there has been no effective treatment for Lichen Sclerosus. Most treatments use anti-inflammatory steroids such as clobetasol or hormones to reduce the symptomatic itching, burning and inflammation. However, these drugs are not addressing the disease but merely reducing the symptoms and over time are associated with side effects such as thinning of the skin. The long-term use of steroids can cause dependence of the skin on the steroid and when it is discontinued abruptly it can result in a rebound flare. This becomes a vicious cycle of steroid dependence as “the flare” from steroid “withdrawal” is difficult to differentiate from that of Lichen Sclerosus. When this happens, the tissues need to be weaned off the steroids gradually to prevent the rebound “flare” reaction. Lasers and focused ultrasound treatments also have been used with little success to address the symptoms of Lichen Sclerosus and these treatments may result in reduce blood flow or cause scarring of the tissues.

Procedure

Lichen Sclerosus is a chronic inflammatory autoimmune condition that over time causes scar-like fibrotic changes in the skin and mucus membrane. These changes result in individual physical symptoms that are seen and felt by each person. Over time the chronic inflammation causes poor blood circulation, loss of elasticity, and nerve sensory hypersensitivity. The Stem Cell Lift® method delivers an enhanced amount of the stem cells found in your fat to the affected areas. These cells are tasked with reducing inflammation, improving circulation, repairing the collagen scaffolding, restoring elasticity, and repairing damaged cells and tissues. The autoimmune response may also be mitigated through the effects of the stem cells.  In the first three months after the procedure the stem cells attach and become incorporated into their new surroundings.  They may continue to improve the tissues for about one year after the procedure. In doing so, patients report marked improvement in their symptoms, with noted reduction in pain, burning, itching, and improved look and feel of the anatomy of the treated areas.  Patients treated with the Stem Cell Lift® procedure report having less frequent flare ups that are shorter in duration with far less intense pain and discomfort. Most patients can discontinue the use of topical steroids and hormones and may be able to resume intimacy and sexual intercourse. You may need to have a series of treatments (usually 2-3) to achieve the desired improvement and relief from Lichen Sclerosus symptoms. As this is a new treatment, long-term results in terms of duration of benefits are not yet known. To date, all patients have had significant improvement with the Stem Cell Lift®.

Natural

Uses YOUR own cells to rejuvenate and renew your appearance

Safe

No general anesthesia and no cutting

Scar free

No cutting, no sutures, no scars!!!

Effective

Helps repair damaged tissues while stopping the autoimmune disease

Long Lastin

We slow down and reset the clock of aging. Patients usually look 10 years younger after the procedure.

Minimal downtime

Most patients only have 1-2 weeks of downtime before they look & feel great, some patients even go out to dinner right after the procedure!!!

Bonus liposuctions

Since fat has the highest concentration of stem cells, we harvest your fat which leaves your with a more toned/sculpted figure

Results that get better

Since the stem cells help to repair any damaged cells, your skin will continue to look younger and younger
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OUR CLIENTS

5/5
Dr. Newman and his staff absolutely have the best interest of their patients at heart. I've seen them 3 times now for stem cell treatment of LS. Each time has built upon the last to help improve this condition. I can honestly say I've never felt more taken care of, (and taken seriously!) than I have at this clinic. They follow up each time to make sure I'm doing ok, and answer every question I have. I just adore them! Highly recommend!
A. Duncan
5/5
My experience with Dr. Newman and his staff was AMAZING! If you have been seeking a treatment that works for LS and have given up, please call their office. Dr. Newman has perfected a treatment that cured my symptoms 100%. I didn't expect a full cure, I only hoped he could help minimizing the disease. But I am one year out from his procedure and so excited to write this testimonial for him because I too was skeptical that anyone could help. I promise, if you are suffering from LS, you need to make the call. The entire staff is highly experienced and so professional. They treat you like you are their one and only Patient. The care you receive is the best in the world. They will walk you through every step one one by one. It is not complicated and there is nothing to worry about. Trust me, what you are dealing with daily can be resolved. The one visit with Dr. Newman's office changed my life!
P. Fortune
5/5
I found Dr. Newman through an online support group for people with Lichen Sclerosis. I read many testimonies as to how great Dr. Newman and his staff are and was intrigued so I called and talked to the patient coordinator who made me feel completely at ease and set up an appointment. Every single person I dealt with at his office, including Dr. Newman himself, were the kindest, most caring and compassionate health care professionals I have ever dealt with. The stem cell lift for Lichen Sclerosis has changed my life. It's been 2 months since my procedure and I have zero symptoms of Lichen Sclerosis. I highly highly recommend Dr. Newman and his staff! I am so thankful that I found them!
S. Conway