Lichen Sclerosus and Vulvar Health: Collaboration & Integrative Treatments
Fabia Brackenbury Founder of the Association of Lichen Sclerosus
By: Fabia Brackenbury
-Autologous SVF stromal vascular fraction (contains stem cells and growth factors) derived from an outpatient mini liposuction which removed 2 ounces of fat from around the waist under local anesthesia. Fat is processed into SVF (which is added to PRP) and then injected directly into the affected LS areas.
-Autologous SVF is also deployed systematically as an intravenous therapy for immune-modulation to “re-boot” the immune system. A systematic therapy is imperative since LS has auto-immune features.
-Topical growth factors (cell signaling molecules that influence the repair of skin and collagen) are applied twice per day to the affected areas for several months after treatment. These “AQ” peptide growth factors are FDA approved for topical use and are available without prescription from physicians.
Some renters of excellence are doing 1 or 2 of these but not all 3. If patients follow the regimen, they should get durable improvement from one treatment but occasionally second treatments are required.