Lichen Sclerosus Specialist

Michelle Starke, MD

Gynecologist & Functional Medicine Specialist located in Coral Gables, FL

Strange white patches on your vulvar or anal skin may be a sign of a condition called lichen sclerosus. Dr. Michelle Stark, expert gynecologist and women’s health authority, treats lichen sclerosus with the cutting edge O-Shot® and other effective therapies at The Center for Gynecology & Restorative Medicine in Coral Gables, Florida. If you think you might be suffering from lichen sclerosus, call the office or use the online booking tool to schedule a consultation.

Lichen Sclerosus

What is lichen sclerosus?

Lichen sclerosus is an uncommon condition with an unknown cause that creates smooth, white patches on your skin. While lichen sclerosus can appear anywhere on your body, it usually manifests around your genitals.

Who gets lichen sclerosus?

Anyone can get lichen sclerosus. However, you’re more likely to get it if you’re a postmenopausal woman, which suggests hormones may play a role in its development.

You may also be more likely to develop lichen sclerosus if you have an overactive immune system. And, if you suffered prior skin damage, you may be more likely to develop the condition in that area.

What are the symptoms of lichen sclerosus?

Lichen sclerosus appears as smooth or wrinkled white patches on your skin. Your vulvar, vaginal, and anal skin may also be thinner and more sensitive if you have lichen sclerosus.

Not everyone has symptoms, but if you notice any of the following, contact Dr. Starke right away:

  • White spots on your genital skin
  • Mild to severe itching
  • Blotchy, wrinkled skin patches
  • Blistered or bleeding lesions
  • Discomfort
  • Pain
  • Pain during sex
  • Bruising

Will I spread lichen sclerosus to my partner?

Lichen sclerosus is not contagious. You can’t spread it to an intimate partner nor can you spread it from one area of your body to another.

What happens if I don’t treat lichen sclerosus?

Your risk for developing skin cancer increases if lichen sclerosus scars.

Untreated lichen sclerosus may also slightly raise your risk for vulvar cancer. If Dr. Starke diagnoses lichen sclerosus, you should see her regularly to be sure your treatments are working.

How is lichen sclerosus treated?

Dr. Starke offers the cutting-edge, restorative O-Shot platelet-rich plasma therapy as a first-line treatment for lichen sclerosus. The O-Shot rejuvenates your vaginal and vulvar area with specially-prepared platelet-rich injections of your blood. Platelets contain growth factors and other substances that help your body repair and regrow tissue.

You may also respond to topical medications, such as cortisone cream, to control itching or retinoids to strengthen and thicken your skin. If your immune system is overactive and contributing to the lichen sclerosus, Dr. Starke may prescribe tacrolimus ointment. In sporadic and severe cases, she may surgically remove badly scarred tissue.

If you have or think you may have lichen sclerosus, contact Dr. Starke for a consultation by using the online form or calling the office.