PETALS® uses a ProFractional™ laser to eliminate damaged tissue and when combined with Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) will encourage the growth of new, healthy skin often in just one treatment.
The ProFractional™ laser is customized by Dr. Molden for each patient’s specific needs and therefore, treats only the affected area while preserving the healthy surrounding tissue. With such a localized application, treatment is quick, comfortable, and effective and patients can return home the same day to resume normal daily activity. And the results are dramatic, with most patients reporting 100% improvement of symptoms within one month.
Dr. Molden has extensive qualifications and experience with surgical and non-surgical treatments such as PETALS® and has been named to Philadelphia Magazine’s “Top Doctors” list four years in a row. She has trained specifically to diagnosis and treat female pelvic conditions and is able to guide each patient as to which therapy or procedure is best for her. She and her all female staff are extremely excited to offer this new, life-changing procedure for women with Lichen Sclerosus.
For more information about Lichen Sclerosus and the PETALS® treatment, call 215-504-8900.
What is Lichen Sclerosus?
Lichen Sclerosus is a rare, painful condition that creates itchy, patchy, white skin that usually affects the genital area in women, including the vulva, perineum, and anal areas.
What is the PETALS® procedure?
PETALS® is a non-invasive, in-office procedure that uses a ProFractional™ laser to eliminate damaged tissue. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is then injected to encourage the growth of new, healthy skin.
Is the PETALS® procedure a cure for Lichen Sclerosus?
There is no cure for Lichen Sclerosus, but it can be effectively treated. Standard treatment for Lichen Sclerosus includes the use of a strong topical steroid. However, the response to steroid treatment varies and it can have unwanted side-effects. The PETALS® procedure offers an alternative to steroid creams.
You want to shoot a laser down there!?
The ProFractional™ laser is customized by Dr. Molden for each patient’s specific needs and therefore, treats only the affected area while preserving the healthy surrounding tissue. With such a localized application, treatment is quick, comfortable, and effective.
Is the PETALS® procedure painful?
Generally, no. We use a topical anesthetic cream to numb the area and our all-female staff make sure you are as relaxed and comfortable as possible.
How many procedures will I need?
For most women, it only takes one PETALS® procedure to relieve their symptoms. Occasionally, some women need a “touch up” to treat a small area that may have been missed.
Do I have to stay overnight in a hospital?
PETALS® is an in-office procedure and patients can return home the same day to resume normal activity.
How quickly will I notice results?
Results are dramatic, with most patients reporting 100% improvement of symptoms within one month.
Will PETALS® help me regain my sex life?
The PETALS® procedure has been shown to eliminate the pain, irritation, itching, lack of flexibility, and the fusing of tissue that prevented women with Lichen Sclerosus from having intercourse. We have had many patients who – prior to the PETALS® procedure – were unable to have vaginal penetration, but after PETALS®, were able to resume normal sexual activities.
Can Lichen Sclerosus reoccur after the PETALS® treatment?
Unfortunately, there is no cure for Lichen Sclerosus. Because the PETALS® procedure targets only the currently affected area, it is possible that LS can develop in another untreated area. But if that is the case, an additional PETALS® procedure or “touch up” can safely and effectively treat LS damaged skin.
How experienced is Dr. Molden?
Dr. Stephanie Molden has performed thousands of PETALS® and other laser procedures and therapies. She is a pioneer in Medical Urogynecology and Female Cosmetic Gynecology and is one of a small number of doctors in the region to complete a three-year fellowship in Urogynecology, and one of the first in the entire country to be Board Certified.