For today’s video, I am going to be discussing laser therapy for lichen sclerosus. Specifically, I'm going to look at an ablative laser for lichen sclerosus. In our next video, I will review non-ablative lasers for lichen sclerosus, because there are different types of lasers, and they do not all work the same. In this video, I explain what ablative laser therapy is, how it works, what to expect, how to prepare, cost, and frequency. Finally, I share what the science says about ablative laser and whether it is an effective treatment for lichen sclerosus.
This video is for educational and entertainment purposes only. Please consult with your medical provider before making any changes to your health plan. Importantly what I share is my interpretation of the science.
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Timestamps for Ablative Laser for Lichen Sclerosus: Is It an Effective Treatment
0:00 – Introduction
2:22 – Important terms
3:54 – What is ablative laser for lichen sclerosus
5:11 – What to expect and how to manage pain
12:16 – How much does laser cost, and how often do you need ablative laser
15:27 – What does the science say about ablative laser for lichen sclerosus as a treatment
17:30 – Study #1
18:48 – Study #2 23:24 – Study #3
27:37 – Study #4
33:22 – What's the verdict? Conclusion and outro
In sum, the research shows laser therapy is ineffective as a primary treatment but may have its place as an add-on therapy in conjunction with steroids or calcineurin inhibitors. Always consider cost and lifestyle when deciding to pursue laser or not. At the end of the day, it is your individual decision on how you treat your LS. We at LSSN strive to share evidence-based information so you can make informed decisions about what is best for you and your body.
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