TULIP® at Coyle Institute: A new treatment for lichen sclerosus
Lichen sclerosus is a painful skin condition that affects millions of women each year. Until now, the only course of treatment has been to manage the disease and attempt healing with topical steroids. It was a slow, uncertain road to recovery with unpleasant side effects.
Today, with just one TULIP® treatment, women can be relieved of all signs and symptoms of lichen sclerosus.
Dr. Michael Coyle at the Coyle Institute in Pensacola, Florida, developed TULIP® to make lichen sclerosus treatment easier for every woman. The single-treatment approach takes only three days, making it more accessible to medical travel patients from around the world.
What is lichen sclerosus?
Lichen sclerosus is a painful skin condition that typically affects the genital area, including the vulva, perineum and anus.
Lichen sclerosus causes lesions and areas of thinning skin that tear easily. These areas may appear smoother and lighter in color than the surrounding healthy skin.
When the vulvar skin is damaged, the skin can fuse then tear, causing more broken skin, uncomfortable intercourse and painful urination. The cause of lichen sclerosus is unknown, although it is widely thought to be an autoimmune disorder. Genetics, other immune diseases and trauma to the genital area are known risk factors.
What is TULIP®?
TULIP® uses a high-tech approach to treat this stubborn condition.
First, an exam and biopsy determine the depth of the lichen sclerosus lesions. Dr. Coyle then uses a ProFractional ™ laser to eliminate damaged tissue and encourage the growth of new, healthy skin. The ProFractional™ laser is uniquely adjusted for each patient. It can be customized to treat damaged skin and preserve healthy surrounding tissues.
TULIP® follows Dr. Coyle’s original research on lichen sclerosus combined with the healing benefits of Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP.
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Does TULIP® Require an Overnight Stay?
For lichen sclerosus treatment, Dr. Coyle recommends a three-day stay in Pensacola, beginning on either Monday or Wednesday.
On the first day, patients have a full exam and a biopsy if needed. We send the biopsied tissue to a pathologist for assessment. Within 24 hours, Dr. Coyle has the information he needs to customize treatment. On day three, the patient is treated and is then cleared to return home.
How Long is the Recovery Time after TULIP®?
Women can return home and resume their normal lives the day of treatment. We'll talk about your aftercare protocol during your initial consultation and again following your procedure.
When will I See Results from TULIP®?
Over the next month, the healing process triggered by the treatment will rebuild tissue and create new skin. While results may vary depending on a patient’s specific condition, at the end of one month after TULIP®, most patients are completely healed and have no symptoms of lichen sclerosus.
How Long will TULIP® Prevent a Recurrence of Lichen Sclerosus?
With lichen sclerosus, there is always a risk of recurrence. In our patients treated with TULIP®, we have not seen symptoms return.
Lichen sclerosus is a relatively uncommon issue but is incredibly disruptive to women's sexual activity and daily lives. Dr. Coyle and the experienced team at Coyle Institute are on the cutting edge of lichen sclerosus treatment. We want women to return to their normal lives and enjoy pain-free sexual activity. Patients have reported 100 percent recovery from all lichen sclerosus symptoms following a single procedure.
If you suspect you have symptoms of lichen sclerosus, early treatment is urgent to help prevent scarring and other risks. Call Coyle Institute today to learn more about effective single-treatment relief from lichen sclerosus symptoms with TULIP®.