The MonaLisa Touch® is a hormone-free, fractional CO2 laser treatment that prevents and resolves dryness in the vaginal tissue caused by atrophic vaginitis, a condition that affects women going through menopause, women who have undergone a hysterectomy, and breast cancer survivors.
Until recently, the standard treatment for this condition has been estrogen hormone replacement therapy. But the FDA approval of the MonaLisa Touch® allows doctors to treat the issues that cause the condition, rather than just the symptoms:
- Painful intercourse
- Vaginal dryness
- Pelvic discomfort
- Itching and burning
- Bladder infections
How Treatment Works
The physical and emotional effects of this condition can be quite disruptive to a woman’s social and personal life. Fortunately, the MonaLisa Touch® laser procedure is the solution women have been waiting for.
The CO2 laser gently acts on the vaginal walls through a special scanner to create indistinguishable micro-lesions. This triggers a neocollagenesis process, which stimulates new collagen production and reorganizes and re-equilibrates the components of the vaginal mucosa.
Treatment triggers a tissue regeneration process that takes a few weeks, but stimulation occurs immediately and patients can see significant improvements immediately after the first treatment.
As a result of treatment, the mucosa tissue is better nourished and hydrated and the epithelium becomes thicker, more toned (vaginal tightening), and elastic. The MonaLisa Touch® also normalizes vaginal pH, which helps maintain its natural protective barrier and reduces the risk of infection.
One simple, painless treatment lasting only a few minutes can restore the tone and elasticity tissue once had, with positive effects on the patient’s quality of life and personal relationships. Treatment doesn’t cause any side effects or require any recovery time.
One study showed that after three treatments, symptoms improved significantly:
- Burning – 84%
- Itching – 85%
- Dryness – 76%
- Dyspareunia – 72%
- Laxity – 90%
Minimally invasive and pain-free, the MonaLisa Touch® combats vaginal atrophy and dryness by treating the tissue of the vaginal mucosa, stimulating the production of collagen, promoting the proliferation of the cells, and restoring vaginal wall strength and blood supply. Thus, a woman is able to have pain-free intercourse, since the vaginal walls are well hydrated and bladder symptoms are eliminated or minimized.
How The MonaLisa® Touch Works
The procedure is painless, doesn’t cause side effects, and only takes a few minutes. It is an in-office procedure that doesn’t require anesthesia or cause any pain. The MonaLisa Touch® is done in three five-minute treatments at six-week intervals, with an annual follow-up treatment.
MonaLisa Touch® treatment:
- Is FDA approved
- Provides simple, painless laser energy
- Is performed in-office, with no anesthesia
- Has no side effects or downtime
- Provides symptom relief after just one treatment
- Provides long-lasting effects
During an initial consultation, the medical professional will review the patient’s medical history, take note of their symptoms, and create a personalized treatment plan. Patients are welcome to ask questions during the consultation to learn more about what to expect during treatment.