The effects of aging can cause changes to a woman’s gynecologic health. You may still retain your youthful energy and enthusiasm, but these changes may affect your quality of life in ways you never expected. Many women suffer silently, and those who seek treatment find their options limited. Now there’s a solution! MonaLisa Touch® is a simple, proven laser to help you feel like yourself again.
MonaLisa Touch laser therapy promotes the restoration of collagen and improves the functionality of the treated area. The recommended treatment is three sessions spaced over twelve weeks, but some women report noticeable changes after only one treatment. Laser sessions are less than 5 minutes each and are conveniently performed right here in our office during a routine outpatient appointment with no anesthesia or downtime required.
The MonaLisa Touch Laser can treat many common symptoms including:
- Vaginal atrophy/laxity
- Vaginal dryness
- Vaginal itching
- Painful urination
- Pain during intercourse
How Does the MonaLisa Touch Work?
The MonaLisa Touch uses pulses of CO2 laser energy to treat some of the most common side effects of genitourinary syndrome of menopause (GSM) and vulvovaginal atrophy. The gentle laser energy promotes collagen growth in the vaginal tissues to restore natural functions. Many post-menopausal women experience gynecologic health issues because of naturally declining estrogen levels. The MonaLisa Touch is a hormone-free treatment that is perfect for breast cancer survivors or hysterectomy patients who cannot undergo hormonal cures for their symptoms without risking their health.
What to Expect During Your Treatment
The MonaLisa Touch laser treatment is a simple outpatient procedure that is performed in the comfort of our office. The treatment is completed in less than 30 minutes, with the laser application itself lasting less than five minutes. In many cases, patients will begin to notice improvement almost immediately after the first session. An annual maintenance appointment is also recommended to maintain your results. MonaLisa Touch treatments are not considered painful, but an anesthetic can be applied before treatment to help reduce discomfort. Patients should avoid sexual activity and strenuous activity for a few days following the procedure, but can otherwise resume their normal routines without experiencing any downtime or uncomfortable side effects.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Who is MonaLisa Touch for?
Women with gynecologic health concerns.
The SmartXide Touch Laser (MonaLisa Touch) is indicated for incision, excision, ablation, vaporization and coagulation of body soft tissues in medical specialties including aesthetic (dermatology and plastic surgery), podiatry, otolaryngology (ENT), gynecology, neurosurgery, orthopedics, general and thoracic surgery (including open and endoscopic), dental and oral surgery and genitourinary surgery. Use with the scanning unit is indicated for ablative skin resurfacing.
Like all medical procedures, not all patients are suitable. Your medical provider will review the risks and benefits of MonaLisa Touch.
- What can I expect with the procedure?
This is a well-tolerated in-office procedure that typically does not require anesthesia and only lasts about 5 minutes.
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- What can I expect after the procedure?
Patients can return to normal activities but should refrain from sexual activity for 2-3 days. Your doctor will determine a post-procedure regimen that is right for you.
- How much will the procedure cost?
Patients should contact their MonaLisa Touch provider for additional information.
- Will the procedure be covered by insurance?
No procedural codes have been established, this is a cash pay procedure paid directly to your provider.
- How does it work?
MonaLisa Touch uses fractional laser technology to ablate small micro-columns of tissue. This leaves an ecosystem of healthy unaffected tissue to support rapid healing.
- Where can I have this done?
Laser sessions are conveniently performed right here in our office during a routine outpatient appointment.
- How long will it last?
Everyone is unique and our skin ages pre and post-procedure. You and your physician should discuss your needs and expectations.