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When you think about menopause, you likely remember symptoms like hot flashes and night sweats. However, women are often reluctant to talk about less visible and more private symptoms like vaginal itching, burning, and dryness that can profoundly impact their lives and intimate relationships. The MonaLisa Touch uses advanced laser technology to provide fast relief to symptoms caused by genitourinary syndrome of menopause, or GSM.
The MonaLisa Touch uses C02 fractional laser technology to relieve some of the most common symptoms of genitourinary syndrome of menopause. The MonaLisa Touch is equipped with a laser that functions similarly to aesthetic lasers, but is specially designed to stimulate new collagen production in the vaginal walls. As a result, blood flow and lubrication in the area are naturally increased to help improve function.
If you’ve experienced vaginal dryness, itching, painful sexual intercourse or urination, the MonaLisa Touch can alleviate your symptoms without causing pain or inconvenient side effects.
MonaLisa Touch laser vaginal revitalization is an outpatient procedure that lasts less than 30 minutes. The laser application itself only takes five minutes! Many patients will begin to notice results immediately following the first treatment, although three or four appointments are often recommended to achieve the best outcomes.
Ask your doctor if MonaLisa Touch vaginal and vulvar revitalization is the right treatment for you.
Laser vaginal revitalization is not painful, but an anesthetic cream can be applied to help alleviate any discomfort experienced during the procedure. Patients should avoid sexual activity for a few days following the procedure, but can otherwise resume their normal routines without experiencing any downtime.
Contact Little Rock Gynecology & Obstetrics today to learn more about how the MonaLisa Touch can help improve your vaginal health!
What is the MonaLisa Touch?
MonaLisa Touch is a medical laser that delivers controlled energy to the vaginal tissue to revitalize the cells in the vaginal mucosa (vaginal tissue) so that these cells make more collagen, an essential ingredient in vaginal cell health.
How does it work?
MonaLisa Touch implements CO2 laser energy that is delivered via side-firing probe inserted into the vaginal canal. A two-part pulse targets surface (epithelial) tissue and deep (lamina propria) tissue to promote vaginal mucosal revitalization.
What clinical trials have been conducted on the MonaLisa Touch?
A multisite study was conducted by Dr. Mickey Karram, Director of Fellowship Program on Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery at The Christ Hospital, Cincinnati, OH and Dr. Eric Sokol, Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Stanford University Medical Center. Preliminary findings from a trial evaluating the laser treatment on postmenopausal women* and breast cancer survivors experiencing vaginal health issues show positive results. The trial assessed the use of CO2 fractional laser therapy on 30 women with vaginal health issues due to natural or induced menopause. All of the patients in the trial were treated with The MonaLisa Touch laser.
*Women in the study either experienced natural menopause or induced menopause as the result of hysterectomy or drug-induced suppression of ovarian function (chemotherapy, radiations, anticancer drugs such as Tamoxifen)
Where can I have this done?
The MonaLisa Touch is an in-office procedure available in our Little Rock clinic.
Does the procedure hurt?
The internal vaginal procedure is virtually painless and requires no anesthesia. Some patients may experience some discomfort the first time the probe is inserted, but the actual treatment is not painful. Many patients report that it feels like a gentle vibration. The external treatment for the vulva (labia minora and majora) is performed after a topical lidocaine is applied.
How long does it take?
Patients receive three treatments, spaced six weeks apart, which each take less than five minutes to perform.
When will I see results?
Most patients feel improvement after the very first treatment, although the procedure calls for three treatments that are generally spaced over an 18-week period.
How long does it last?
Patients may come back annually for a maintenance treatment if desired. MonaLisa Touch was first available outside the US where more than 5,000 patients have been treated worldwide with up to an 18-month follow-up.
What are my limitations after the procedure is done?
Patients should refrain from sexual activity for 2-3 days. Simple post procedure instructions are reviewed in detail during your consultation.
For which patients is this treatment appropriate?
The MonaLisa Touch is appropriate for any female who has gone through menopause, as well as those who are experiencing post-menopausal symptoms as a result of a hysterectomy or other reasons for an induced menopause such as chemotherapy or breast cancer treatments.
Is this procedure safe for women with breast cancer?
Yes, MonaLisa Touch treatment is particularly well suited for patients who cannot, or prefer not to receive estrogen therapy.