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Lichen Sclerosus Treatment with the Stem Cell Lift®Procedure

An Update on This New, Promising and Natural Treatment 

By Nathan Newman, MD – Beverly Hills

Lichen Sclerosus et Atrophicus is a debilitating autoimmune disease that most commonly afflicts the genitalia of women and men of any age. Lichen Sclerosus sufferers usually experience itching and burning in the genitals that may go unrecognized for years as the disease is frequently misdiagnosed as an infection, such as a yeast infection, a urinary tract infection (UTI), or a venereal disease, such as herpes. Some patients go undiagnosed because their doctors may believe that Lichen Sclerosus can only occur in post-menopausal women. Other diseases of the genitalia such as Vulvodynia and Lichen Planus may manifest with similar symptoms alone or along with Lichen Sclerosus. Many patients with these conditions may have painful intercourse or cannot even have sexual intercourse, engage in physical activities, or even sit for any extended period of time due to discomfort experienced from the disease. Once diagnosed, the main stay of treatment has been topical potent steroids, such as Clobetasol, to alleviate the symptoms. However, conventional treatments may not result in relief of symptoms, nor halt the progression of the disease. Thus, patients suffering with this disease, searching for an effective lichen sclerosus treatment, have undergone the Stem Cell Lift® procedure in hopes of relief from their symptoms.

Stem cells are specialized cells that are genetically programmed to help repair, restore and replenish damaged cells and tissues in our body. Unlike embryonic stem cells which are associated with ethical controversies and technical problems, the use of adult stem cells, which are found in all tissues and organs of the body, is both ethical and more practical. For over 40 years, stem cells derived from another individual’s bone marrow have been used to treat patients with blood born cancers through HLA-matched bone marrow transplantation from one donor to another recipient. More recently, technological advances have enabled the use of autologous (meaning self, from your own body to your own body) adult tissue stem cells and have opened up a new field of medicine called Regenerative Medicine.

Stem cell therapy is revolutionizing medicine in every field. As a pioneer in stem cell therapy, I innovated the Stem Cell Lift® treatment over 13-years ago for post-cancer reconstruction, wound healing, scar-free 3-dimensional (3-D) natural facelift, body contouring and rejuvenation using stem cells found in your own fat. About three years ago, a woman with Lichen Sclerosus who had learned about my work with stem cells contacted me to see what I thought about the use of autologous tissue stem cells for treating patients with Lichen Sclerosus. As fate would have it, due to my training as a Dermatologist I was familiar with auto-immune skin diseases, such as Lichen Sclerosus. Perhaps my training as a Dermatologist and a Cosmetic Surgeon, coupled with my years of experience and knowledge with stem cell therapy, was meant to be a vehicle to explore the use and effectiveness of the Stem Cell Lift® procedure in treating Lichen Sclerosus. I explained that stem cells have been shown to positively affect the immune response. I believed that the stem cells’ natural healing abilities may act in an anti-inflammatory capacity to help alleviate much of the debilitating symptoms of Lichen Sclerosus, such as the itching and burning. More optimistically, I hoped that the stem cells would actually stop the autoimmune disease and bring about remission (a state in which the autoimmune reaction is stopped, the disease is not active and does not progress).

During the Stem Cell Lift® procedure fat is removed from your own body and the stem cells found in this fat are concentrated and injected back into the treatment area. The fat contains the richest collection of stem cells of any tissue in the body. Compared to the same quantity of bone marrow, fat contains over a 100 times more stem cells. Separation and concentration of these regenerative stem cells yields large numbers of stem cells allowing for an effective single-day outpatient procedure without the need to culture (grow in the laboratory) or to alter the cells. Therefore, there is no need for FDA approval (FDA approves and monitors drugs, medication, and devices) as the Stem Cell Lift®  is considered a surgical procedure using your body’s own natural tissues. The Stem Cell Lift® procedure is usually carried out without the need for general anesthesia.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), derived from a blood draw, contains a set of soluble factors that help reduce inflammation, improve circulation, aide in wound healing, and boost stem cell activity. In my experience, I believe that there is a synergistic and additive effect when combining the Stem Cell Lift® procedure with Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) in optimizing the treatment results. The use of your body’s own natural healing and restoring ability through the Stem Cell Lift® procedure may provide improvement in the health and quality of tissues and stop progression of the immune attack on the genitalia and skin.

My staff and I are in constant contact with our Lichen Sclerosus patients to monitor their progress and to study the tolerability and effectiveness of different protocols of the Stem Cell Lift® procedure with or without Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) in treating Lichen Sclerosus. To date, all of my patients with Lichen Sclerosus whom have undergone the Stem Cell Lift® procedure have reported significant overall improvement in their Lichen Sclerosus symptoms. To achieve optimal benefits, each patient underwent on average 2 treatments within a 6 to 12 month period. So far, I have performed over 100 Stem Cell Lift® procedures for Lichen Sclerosus patients. Most patients report a noted reduction in severity of symptoms, less intense and short-lived flare-ups (exacerbation of the symptoms), and a reduced need for the use of topical medications such as steroids. Patients report that they can resume their normal activities without discomfort. They are able to wear jeans and tight fitting clothing, participate in sports and have sex (intercourse). Patients have also noted improvement in their anatomy and in the quality of their skin and genital tissues.

The Stem Cell Lift® procedure is showing very promising results in bringing relief to Lichen Sclerosus sufferers. My staff and I are collecting data and tracking the progress of our patients in hopes of showing that the Stem Cell Lift® procedure may result in remission of Lichen Sclerosus. We hope to submit our findings for publication in medical journals to bring more awareness about Lichen Sclerosus as a disease and the possible use of stem cell therapy in its treatment.

Lichen Sclerosus Treatment Timeline

Experience with the Stem Cell Lift® Procedure

from Nathan Newman, MD

As a doctor and a pioneer in the field of Stem cell therapy, I am committed to empowering patients through education. I believe in exchange of ideas and knowledge, openness and sharing. Therefore I have written many articles detailing the Stem Cell Lift® procedure, and its current applications for cosmetic, reconstructive and therapeutic purposes. I continue to write updated information on stem cell therapy as it is a fast changing field in medicine with many new advances and uses.

During the past 3 years, I have learned much about the difficulties women with vulvar Lichen Sclerosus symptoms have in getting a correct diagnosis. To date, the medical literature on Lichen Sclerosus is incomplete and confusing. This problem is compounded by the low level of awareness and understanding amongst doctors about this debilitating condition, which limits their ability to recognize and properly treat Lichen Sclerosus.
As is the case with most other autoimmune skin conditions, even when diagnosed, the treatment options are limited and often not very effective. Unfortunately many women continue to suffer greatly from their Lichen Sclerosus symptoms despite their prescribed treatments. Therefore, Lichen Sclerosus sufferers have sought stem cell therapy at my clinic in hopes of finding relief.

Fortunately, I have found the clinical response to the application of the Stem Cell Lift® procedure for Lichen Sclerosus treatment to be very helpful and encouraging.
Please see below, a recap of our experience in treating Lichen Sclerosus with the Stem Cell Lift® procedure and our efforts to raise awareness, to dispel misconceptions, and to educate patients and doctors about the disease and its promising treatment with stem cell therapy.

April 2011
I treated the first Lichen Sclerosus patient with the Stem Cell Lift® procedure

Mid 2011
I wrote and published on line a comprehensive article on Lichen Sclerosus, the treatment options available, and a detailed description of the Stem Cell Lift® procedure

2011 to present
Started to follow the clinical course of our Lichen Sclerosus patients after having the Stem Cell Lift® procedure.
My staff and I created questionnaires to study Lichen Sclerosus, Lichen Sclerosus treatments, and the effectiveness of the Stem Cell Lift® procedure for Lichen Sclerosus
We continue to follow and monitor the long term effects of the Stem Cell Lift® procedure in our Lichen Sclerosus patients

August 2012
Based on our initial experience, we modified our protocol to improve the procedure

September 2013
My staff and I met with Fabia Brackenbury, the founder of Worldwide Lichen Sclerosus and Vulvar Health Awareness Campaign (VHAC), presented our work and toured our facilities. Fabia and I agreed to improve patient education on stem cell therapy for Lichen Sclerosus

October 2013
At the request of my Lichen Sclerosus patients, we established the “Lichen Sclerosus-Treatments, Signs & Symptoms” Facebook group. For the privacy of the members of this group, this page is not visible to the public. The purpose of this group is to have a place where members may share their experiences about Lichen Sclerosus treatments and be able to receive direct feedback from me as a doctor.

Anyone with Lichen Sclerosus who wishes to join the “Lichen Sclerosus-Treatments, Signs & Symptoms” Facebook group may email my office at info@nathannewmanmd.com with a request to join this Facebook group

November 2013
The Stem Cell Lift® procedure for Lichen Sclerosus was featured on Television on “The Doctors Show”.

January 2014
I wrote an article entitled Lichen Sclerosus treatment with the stem cell lift® procedure: An Update on This New, Promising and Natural Treatment.
Please read and share this article on our website at Stem-Cell-Lift.com

February 2014
Review of our clinical results with the Stem Cell Lift® procedure for Lichen Sclerosus

  • To date, we have treated a total of 65 patient with Lichen Sclerosus

  • We have done a total of 121 treatments

    • So far, most patients have received 2 treatments

    • Number of treatments per patient has ranged from 1 to 4 treatments

  • We have noted remarkable clinical results with the Stem Cell Lift® procedure and as reported by patients on the questionnaires

    • All of our patients reported symptomatic relief from their Lichen Sclerosis symptoms after having undergone the Stem Cell Lift® procedure

    • Most patients improved significantly (51% of patients reported 76-100% improvement)

    • We have found a direct correlation between hormonal imbalances or medical stressors and worsening of Lichen Sclerosus symptoms

February 2014
Based on my review of our clinical experience with the Stem Cell Lift® procedure in helping Lichen Sclerosus treatment seekers find relief from their disease symptoms, we have begun the implementation of an updated procedure protocol. We recognize the fact that Lichen Sclerosus, as an autoimmune skin disease, presents and responds to treatments differently in each patient. The number of procedures needed to achieve the desired results varies from patient to patient. Therefore, we have modified our Stem Cell Lift® procedure protocol to better tailor to the needs of each individual in an effort to optimize the benefits, minimize the discomfort and make each procedure more affordable to all Lichen Sclerosus sufferers

May 2014

Dr. Newman attended a conference at the North American Chapter of the International Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal Diseases

Jun 2014

Discovered a hormone compounding company to make alcohol and glycerin free ointments for estrace and testosterone

July 2014

Found a compounding company to make a strong numbing ointment that does not irritate sensitive skin and implemented this into our new protocol

Jan 2015

Updated protocol, added the use of a q-tip to help facilitate unfusing

April 2015

Treated our 100th patient

July 2015

Dr. Newman’s LS data was presented at the World Congress of the International Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal Disease

Aug 2015

Our paper, titled “Signs and Symptoms of Genital Lichen Sclerosus in Women Seeking Autologous Adipose-Derived Stem Cell Treatment” was published in the Medical Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology on August 19, 2015, if you would like to read it, click Here

Dec 2015

Dr. Newman presented Stem Cell Lift® treatment results in Israel

March 2016

Dr. Newman has carried out more than 250 Stem Cell Lift® procedures for LS

We hope to have another paper regarding our treatment results published this year.

 

Graphs are data collected from April 2011-April 2016

I personally extend my gratitude and appreciation for your support, cooperation, time and trust. The input you give us, from your first-hand experience, allows my staff and I to learn, improve our procedures and to ease the discomfort associated with Lichen Sclerosus. Together, in this meaningful cause, I hope we will be able to bring the much needed awareness and effective treatments to help Lichen Sclerosus sufferers.

Sincerely yours,
Nathan Newman, MD
Innovator of the Stem Cell Lift®