Lichen planus comes in different forms, but it is usually a rash on the skin that is triggered by the immune system and can commonly occur among premenopausal and post-menopausal women. There are a number of different symptoms that can occur if one is suffering from lichen planus. This includes:
Dyspareunia refers to a condition mostly affecting women and it is a persistent pain during sexual intercourse. The pain can range from moderate to severe, and the main symptom for most sufferers is pain with intercourse that is deep in the pelvis, or at the vaginal opening.
Vaginal dryness is an uncomfortable although common problem that can affect many women during some point of their life, but can, unfortunately, affect peri or postmenopausal women more than most.
Lichen sclerosus is a painful skin condition that can affect people of all ages, but most commonly affects women over the age of 50. It is a condition that usually creates itchy, white, patches on the skin that can appear anywhere on the body. However, it tends to usually affect the area around the opening of the vulva in women.
Vaginal atrophy specifically refers to the thinning and drying of the vaginal walls. It is a condition that can affect women of all ages, but mostly impact those during or after the menopause. This condition can cause a number of painful and uncomfortable symptoms.
Many women can end up experiencing some kind of vaginal pain during their lives, but it can be very common for those during or after the menopause to experiencing vaginal discomfort. This is largely due to reduced estrogen levels in the body as a result of the menopause.
We provide a holistic approach: offering minimally invasive procedures for women's intimate health all in one easy-to-reach location, whilst taking care of their wellbeing.
We offer exclusive treatments for women's intimate health: we offer Lipogems® exclusively in the UK.
Our specialists are all highly regarded in their field of expertise, who are innovators when it comes to the use of non-invasive, regenerative procedures.
Not only do we take the utmost care in terms of the surgical and nonsurgical treatments we provide, but we also make sure that each patient is fully looked after the procedure has taken place.
This procedure and technique has been available worldwide for approximately 7 years. In the UK, it was first started by The Regenerative Clinic 18 months ago.
The procedure has been used primarily in aesthetics and orthopedics but also in gynecology for approximately 5 years. This has been mostly in Italy, but MenoCare is working with Lipogems® to launch it as a gynecological treatment in the UK.
It is because it is still being assessed. A number of studies have clearly concluded its efficiency, but for new treatments to be included on the NHS or under a private medical insurance policy it could take a number of years, as novel treatments require approval and this can take a long time.
For example, platelet-rich plasma has been used for almost 25 years in medical practice, but it has only just become available on the NHS and elsewhere. Despite the overwhelming evidence of its efficiency, there still remains some insurance firms who will not approve platelet rich plasma.
In the procedure, we remove a small proportion of fat tissue from the stomach. This tissue is then put in a closed loop system and washed out with saline fluid in order to remove impurities and then the tissue is re-injected into the genitourinary area.
The cells (called pericytes) stimulate cell repair and growth and encourage the nourishment and hydration of the vaginal mucosa cells. This alleviates symptoms includes vaginal burning and discomfort during intercourse, dryness and soreness.
It takes one hour to complete, and you can leave the clinic on the same day.
This is tailored to each patient and their condition, as well as the exact location and quantity.
In most cases, the injections are concentrated around the vluva, but may also be internal in the vagina and externally to the rectum.
On average, a total of 15-30 ml of Lipogems® is injected, and this takes around 30 minutes.
Yes, for this treatment you will need a light general anaesthetic as it makes the procedure more comfortable for the patient, given that it involves a number of small injections to an intimate area.
It is usually a small amount, approximately 100ml in total. This will then be reduced to around 15-30ml that is then injected into the genitourinary area.
This treatment is a natural soltuion which relies on the body’s own ability to heal itself.
Lipogems® does not involve any oestrogen, hormones or synthetic chemicals in the treatment. This means it can also be used by post-cancer patients.
The treatment is also designed to be single-use only, and the effects are proven to last for 3 years or more.
This is because it is much less invasive than harvesting bone marrow, which can also be very painful too.
Unlike the mesenchmyal cells which can be found in the fat tissue, which are easier and less painful to access too.
In addition, age and gender does not affect the quality of stem cells in fat tissue, as is the case with bone marrow.
Nevertheless, both methods have been considered to be very effective.
In terms of feeling the impact of Lipogems® , it can take as little as 4-6 weeks to start noticing benefits of the procedure, with definitive changes felt around 3 months after.
By the time 6 months have passed, patients tend to feel the peak benefit and this could last for up to 5 years after the initial treatment.
No reports of worsening conditions as a result of Lipogems® treatment has been recorded.
If it does not work, it will not impact on a patients ability for future treatments, or potential effectiveness either.
In very severe cases of Lichen Sclerosus and Planus, it may be necessary to repeat Lipogems® after 6 months or a year.
Lipogems® will also not treat cancer or infertility.
No, it does not effect the outcome of Lipogems® treatment.
It is possible to do the Lipogems® procedure as soon as 6 weeks after the last therapy session.
No it does not affect treatment.
Your gynaecologist will provide you with specific advice but in most cases it is possible to continue taking your HRT medication before and after the procedure.
After the Lipogems® treatment each patient is offered 4 follow up appointments with their gynaecologist, which is part of the package.
Each patient is closely monitored during these appointments, and any non-responders can discuss on-going alternative treatment plan with their gynaecologist.
These cases where the patient has not responded will be reviewed by the MenoCare MDT team.
In the majority of cases, you can return to work 2 days following the procedure.
With most Lipogems® treatments, the theatre date is on a Friday, meaning you have the weekend to fully recover.
Every patient leaves the clinic with an abdominal binder, thrush medication as well as pain medication (2 weeks worth0 to be taken when needed.
You will also receive a telephone call from our practice nurse 1 and 7 days post-procedure, as well as having follow-up appointments with your gynaecologist at 2 weeks and 3,6 and 9 months post Lipogems® treatment.
1-3 treatments that are usually 40-60 days apart. This is then followed by 1 maintenance treatment on an annual basis.
The exact number of MonaLisa Touch® treatments needed will be dependent on the severity of your symptoms.
Your gynaecologist will provide you with advice on the best treatment plan to follow, after a full clinical examination.
There are few risks but may be some temporary side effects such as swelling or slight redness that disappears soon after.
The MonaLisa Touch® treatment is performed on an outpatient or day-hospital basis.
Typically it lasts for at least a year. The exact effect will be dependent on the severity of your existing symptoms and lifestyle.
The majority of patients are able to resume their normal routine 2-3 days post treatment, with possible slight discomfort.
No, there are no exclusions other than serious local or systemtic diseases for MonaLisa Touch®.
As with other treatments, the gynaecologist will determine your suitability after a full clinical examination.
It is recommended to have 3-4 days of rest before resuming sexual activity.