The Mona Lisa Touch Vaginal Laser Treatment
Congratulations on taking the first step to improve your vaginal health! The Mona Lisa Touch is a new form of vaginal rejuvenation. This unique vaginal laser treatment has been used in over 15,000 women worldwide. It is a simple and non-invasive in-office procedure that requires no more than 10 minutes per treatment and has little to no discomfort. It consists of a slender vaginal probe that is inserted into the vagina and rotated to deliver shallow laser pulses into the wall of the vagina in a circumferential manner. The laser pulses can then also be delivered externally to the vulva with a slightly different probe.
Many women have reported relief with the following conditions:
Vaginal Pain with Intercourse
This is a common post menopausal complaint. Often, the lack of estrogen that occurs with menopause causes a loss of vaginal elasticity and this, in turn, can cause pain with intercourse. The pain with intercourse also leads to decrease in desire and difficulty with orgasm. These symptoms have all been traditionally treated with estrogen but many women prefer not take hormones. Some women, such as breast cancer survivors, cannot take estrogen.
Vulvar-Vaginal Itching and/or Burning
There are a variety of conditions that can cause genital itching. Among them are infections such as yeast or bacterial vaginitis, allergy to commonly used feminine products, and dermatitis. In some women, however, such itching is caused by the lack of estrogen that occurs after natural or medically induced menopause. For these women, estrogen is often the only effective option for treating such itching.
Urinary Incontinence (mild) and Urinary Frequency
Urinary incontinence and frequency can be caused by bladder irritants such as caffeine, urinary tract infections, uninhibited bladder contractions or weakening in the urethral sphincter (the muscle that helps the bladder contain the urine until you are ready to void). When women undergo menopause or have had pelvic floor trauma such as occurs with childbirth, there is a higher incidence of weakening of the urethral sphincter due to lack of collagen strength in the area. The Mona Lisa Touch also can potentially help these patients by improving elasticity and strengthening the tissue in this area.
Dysuria – painful urination – is commonly caused by urinary tract infections. However, in some patients there is no sign of infection and yet they continue to have discomfort with urination. In particular, this can occur in post menopausal women – again due to the lack of estrogen in the vaginal and urogenital tissue.
This is a condition that be found in both pre and post menopausal women. It is most often caused by post menopausal estrogen loss but also in women who are on low dose estrogen combination oral contraceptives. Vaginal dryness can lead to pain with intercourse.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does this work?
The Mona Lisa laser works by stimulating collagen production in the vagina walls – known as the vaginal mucosa. It stimulates new collagen production and “revascularization” of the vaginal tissue. It is a specialized CO2 fractional laser that’s specifically designed to treat the vaginal wall.
How many treatments will I need?
You will see benefit after just one treatment but the maximum benefit is seen after three treatments. They are administered 6 weeks apart. To treat the vaginal wall.
How long is the recovery?
There is minimal recovery time as it does not involve any incisions and is very well tolerated without pain medications. You will need to abstain from intercourse for 2-3 days.
How long will it take to see results?
Most women have noted results within just a few days. The maximum benefit is generally seen after all three treatments have been completed.
What are the common side effects?
The most common side effects are vaginal discharge, spotting, slight burning, mild to profuse watery discharge. These all tend to resolve in about 48hours.
Is it guaranteed to work?
The vast majority of women who have had this procedure performed have been satisfied with the results. The machine was cleared for use by the FDA in 2014. As with any medical procedure, there can be no absolute guarantee that the procedure will work for you but as you will find from the many testimonials found online – most women are extremely satisfied with the results.
Is it covered by insurance?
It is not covered by insurance at this time. The specific costs can be obtained by calling our office at 323-933-2930.
Can all doctors perform Mona Lisa Touch?
No. Only doctors who have been specifically trained by a licensed specialist in the use of this machine can perform this procedure.
Where can I learn more?
Go to smilemonalisa.com to hear more patient testimonials. There are also many peer reviewed articles that have demonstrated efficacy of the treatment. Please consult with Dr. Varkey for information and referral to these articles if you are interested.