Penile lichen sclerosus can manifest with various symptoms that may affect the penile and urethral areas. These symptoms include:
Penile Lichen Sclerosus (LS) is a long term skin condition which usually affects the skin of the genitals which can result in itching, burning, pain and scarring. Appearing in both men and women, it can be a life affecting condition, which distresses sufferers as it can cause both itching around the genitals, and also manifests as white patches in the area. These symptoms can damage confidence, and affect the quality of life for those who suffer with the symptoms of LS.
However, Elite Aesthetics are now able to offer those who suffer with Penile Lichen Sclerosus a long term solution that is administered in just one treatment.
The P Shot for men offers significant improvement in the symptoms of LS, reducing the need to take topical treatments in many cases.
The P-Shot use the body’s own platelet rich plasma (PRP) to help to heal the area, reducing the need for treatments such as topical steroid creams and helping in cases that are resistant to steroids.
Get in touch with Elite Aesthetics today, to find out how we are revolutionising treatment of lichen sclerosus in the UK, with the P-Shot.
Although it’s not actually clear what causes lichen sclerosus, the medical professional understand that it is likely to be related to over activity within the immune system. While it is not an infection, and therefore not contagious, it does cause those who suffer with LS much discomfort, and for some, embarrassment. Lichen Sclerosis is usually a long term condition, and current treatments are usually steroid creams which generally just control symptoms, rather than treat the cause.
However, new studies show that the use of PRP injections, such as the P-Shot have had some great results with those who have taken part no longer needing to take topical creams, and symptoms greatly reducing. Injection of PRP into the affected areas has been reported to result in the regeneration of normal skin.
Our wonderful and brave patient Sam talks about her results for women and we have had amazing results for men also.
Here are some key characteristics and information about penile lichen sclerosus:
Lichen sclerosus in men can have serious implications, including sexual and urinary dysfunction, as well as a risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma. Effective treatment strategies are crucial in managing this condition and improving the affected individuals’ quality of life.
The initial symptoms of penile lichen sclerosus include the presence of white plaques, atrophic skin, redness, erosions, and sclerosis in the anogenital region. As the disease progresses, patients may also experience meatal strictures, telangiectasias, petechiae, pain, papular lesions, and narrowing of the foreskin.
The diagnosis of penile lichen sclerosus is primarily based on clinical symptoms and signs. In some cases, a biopsy may be required to confirm the diagnosis. Early diagnosis is essential to prevent complications and initiate timely treatment.
Medical interventions play a vital role in managing penile lichen sclerosus. These treatments often involve the use of potent topical steroid ointments to reduce inflammation and relieve symptoms. Regular follow-up examinations are necessary to assess treatment efficacy and adjust the medication as needed.
In more severe cases of penile lichen sclerosus, surgical intervention may be required. Circumcision is a significant factor in managing the disease, as it helps alleviate symptoms and improves outcomes. Surgical procedures should be approached carefully, considering individual patient factors.
Penile lichen sclerosus can lead to significant complications, such as sexual and urinary dysfunction. Additionally, there is a risk of malignant transformation into squamous cell carcinoma. Early diagnosis, appropriate treatment, and regular monitoring are essential to minimize these risks and optimize patient outcomes.
When it comes to treating lichen sclerosus in men, various medical and surgical options are available. The choice of treatment depends on the severity of the condition and individual preferences.
Here are some common approaches for managing penile lichen sclerosus:
The first step in treating penile lichen sclerosus is to address its symptoms. These may include white patches, skin thinning, redness, and erosions. An individualized treatment plan is often created to target specific symptoms and provide relief.
A proper diagnosis is crucial for effective treatment. Healthcare professionals evaluate the symptoms, perform physical examinations, and may recommend a biopsy in certain cases. This helps confirm the presence of lichen sclerosus and ensures accurate treatment initiation.
In many cases, medical treatments are the first line of defense against penile lichen sclerosus. Topical corticosteroids, such as creams or ointments, are commonly prescribed to reduce inflammation and alleviate symptoms. Regular application of these medications helps manage the condition and prevent its progression.
In addition to corticosteroids, other topical treatments like calcineurin inhibitors may be considered for individuals who cannot tolerate or don’t respond well to steroids. These medications work by suppressing the immune response and reducing inflammation.
In more severe cases or when medical treatments prove ineffective, surgical interventions may be recommended. Circumcision, the surgical removal of the foreskin, is a common procedure used to manage penile lichen sclerosus. This can help alleviate symptoms, prevent complications, and improve overall penile health in affected individuals.
It is important to be aware of potential complications and risks associated with penile lichen sclerosus and its treatment. In rare cases, the condition can increase the risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma, a type of skin cancer. Regular follow-up visits with healthcare professionals are essential to monitor the condition and detect any signs of malignancy early on.
While treatments aim to manage symptoms and improve quality of life, it’s crucial for individuals with penile lichen sclerosus to maintain regular check-ups and adhere to prescribed treatment protocols for long-term management.
The diagnosis of penile lichen sclerosus is primarily based on the patient’s symptoms and clinical examination. A healthcare professional may also perform a biopsy to confirm the diagnosis in certain cases. It involves taking a small sample of the affected skin for microscopic analysis.
Medical treatments for penile lichen sclerosus aim to reduce inflammation, relieve symptoms, and prevent progression of the disease. Some treatment options include:
In certain situations, surgical interventions may be necessary to manage complications or improve symptoms. Surgical options for penile lichen sclerosus include:
If left untreated or improperly managed, penile lichen sclerosus can lead to complications and potential risks, which may include:
Corticosteroid ointments or creams are commonly prescribed for lichen sclerosus. However these will treat flare ups, but will not always help with long term symptoms.
When to see a doctor. See your doctor if you have signs and symptoms common to lichen sclerosus.
Except in cases involving children, which sometimes resolve on their own, lichen sclerosus can't be cured. However, it can be treated. Treatment options include: topical corticosteroids, which are often applied daily.
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Yes, the O-Shot and P-Shot are completely safe. There are no recorded major side effects as a result of the treatments. As they are administered by a needle, in few patients some swelling, bruising or slight blood spotting may appear.
The P-Shot and O-Shot are non surgical procedures which use the growth factors (PRP) within the body to stimulate regeneration of the area. A small amount of blood is taken from the arm, and then placed in a centrifuge where the plasma is then harvested. This is then injected into the site to regenerate and rejuvenate the area.
For sufferers of lichen sclerosus, the symptoms should ease over a short period of time.
Not at all! You can go back to your usual day, straight afterwards, and yes, that includes sexual activity.
Our medical professional will talk you through the procedure and your medical history to ascertain whether you are suitable for the treatment. In the majority of cases, most people are fine for the P-Shot treatment.
You can have the P-Shot done on your lunch break! The treatment will usually take around 45 minutes, and you can then get back to your normal day.
For both the P-Shot and the O-Shot the site of the injection will be numbed prior to the treatment, meaning that you should feel minimal discomfort.
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Among the symptoms are:
Sore or itchy white patches on the penis, especially around the tip but also on the shaft the skin at the tip of the penis becoming firm and white difficulty pulling the foreskin back, which can make peeing difficult and lead to painful erections if untreated
Other areas of the body, including the upper arms, back, breasts, and shoulders, are occasionally affected in both men and women.
A doctor can often diagnose lichen sclerosus simply by asking about your symptoms and examining your skin. In some cases, a biopsy, in which a skin sample is taken for analysis, may be required to aid in the diagnosis.
Lichen sclerosus is a long-term condition that affects the majority of people and may flare up and down over time.
There is no cure at the moment, but symptoms can usually be managed with steroid medication applied directly to the affected skin. However, we have seen patients recover from Lichen Sclerosus after the P Shot treatment.
Lichen sclerosus occasionally disappears and does not reappear. This usually happens when the affected child reaches puberty.
The following measures can often help keep your symptoms under control:
Lichen sclerosus is a chronic disease, meaning that once it develops, it lasts for a long time, often for the rest of a patient’s life. Though it often worsens over time, the good news is that treatments are now available that can reduce symptoms and stop progression of the disease.
Lichen sclerosus is a disorder that can affect the skin on your anus or penis. It causes your skin to become discoloured, thin, irritated and itchy. Blisters and sores (usually from persistent itching) may also form on your genitals.
The affected skin may feel uncomfortable, sometimes itchy, burning, and sore, especially during or after sex. Often the foreskin gets tighter and more difficult to retract, leading to painful erections. The skin may tear and bleed during sexual intercourse.
Those suffering from genital Lichen Sclerosus might experience a foul smell. Little research has been done on it as a symptom and how to treat the smell.
LS is not contagious and cannot be transmitted by sexual intercourse. It is also not caused by poor hygiene.
Complications of lichen sclerosus include painful sex and scarring, including covering of the clitoris. Scarring of the penis can cause painful erection, poor urine flow and an inability to retract the foreskin. People with vulvar lichen sclerosus are also at an increased risk of squamous cell carcinoma
Male genital lichen sclerosus (MGLSc) is a chronic inflammatory skin disease responsible for male sexual dyspareunia and urological morbidity. An afeared complication is squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the penis.
Like many non-contagious conditions, lichen sclerosus shares some symptoms with sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), but it is not a disease that can be contracted from touching surfaces or through sexual contact. You don’t have to worry about spreading lichen sclerosus to your sexual partner.
The P Shot is a pioneering treatment which is helping men to gain sexual confidence. By injecting the penis with the body’s own Platelet Rich Plasma the area is rejuvenated, increasing stamina, size and performance. In studies, PRP treatment for penile lichen sclerosus for men has showed excellent results, with a recent study showing significant improvements after treatment. PRP treatment in penile LS regenerates scarring and reduces symptoms, which hugely improves confidence and quality of life.
At Elite Aesthetics we are experts in the field of aesthetic treatments. Dr Shirin is the 1st female doctor in the UK to perform the procedure. Dr Shirin has over 18 years experience, and is a leading provider of the P-Shot and the O-Shot within the UK as well as the UK Trainer. Our aim is to give our clients confidence with our range of treatments. We will talk you through the procedure, and answer any questions you have. Our well located, comfortable clinic is located in Kent, and is just a 20 minute journey from Central London. All treatments can be administered by a male or female doctor for your comfort.
We have extensive knowledge and experience in the medical and aesthetics industries, but we know that above all, the results matter! All of our treatments are vigorously tested in-house before we offer them to our clients to ensure they are safe, effective and will give you, our wonderful clients, the results you want. Your happiness, well-being and satisfaction are at the very core of everything we do here at Elite Aesthetics, and as a result we will never over-treat or carry out a procedure that Dr. Shirin, deems inappropriate or unsafe. Ethical treatment guides our practice, and we aim to become an industry leader in this respect. This means you can always feel confident that you are in safe hands when you choose Elite Aesthetics.
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