Get to Know MonaLisa Touch®
In case you haven’t heard, the MonaLisa Touch® is a FDA-approved and innovative procedure designed to help alleviate the concerns of women experiencing vaginal discomfort and/or painful sex due to feminine dryness. In fact, issues of vaginal health are commonly seen in menopausal women, breast cancer survivors, and women who have had a hysterectomy. Nearly half of all US menopausal women, and over 2.8 million breast cancer survivors, suffer from changes to their vaginal health*. Resulting problems, such as dryness and vaginal discomfort, can impact sexual activity and well-being.
* National Institutes of Health 2011
It’s Okay to Talk About It.
If you’re experiencing vaginal discomfort for any reason, have persistent feminine dryness, and if intimacy is painful, we encourage you to have a confidential conversation with the experienced and trusted physicians of the Woodlands OBGYN Associates. It’s the best way to learn more and find out if MonaLisa is right for you.
Why the MonaLisa Touch® is so Remarkable
The MonaLisa Touch® uses laser energy to revitalize the cells of the vagina and vaginal walls by stimulating collagen and vascular growth. This results in improved moisture, flexibility, and thicker tissue. Revitalization results in less burning, cracking and dryness during daily activities and intercourse. This treatment is safe and well-suited for all symptomatic women at any age. For women who cannot, or choose not to, take hormones, this is an ideal non-hormonal treatment for vaginal discomfort.
Woodlands OBGYN Associates was the first OBGYN practice in The Woodlands, TX to provide this remarkable procedure. It only takes three short sessions with six-week intervals. The procedure is performed in our office in less than 10 minutes. It is virtually painless, and no anesthesia or painkillers are required.
Treatment of vaginal discomforts depends on the underlying cause. There is no need to feel uncomfortable about discussing this condition. We have staff to answer your questions and help you determine if the MonaLisa Touch® is right for you.
If you’re ready to feel comfortable and revitalized again, give us a call to make an appointment or to obtain more information. You may also view our Frequently Asked Questions below.
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Frequently Asked Questions
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 procedure?
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 performed by physicians who treat symptoms of Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause (GSM).
Does the procedure hurt?
The 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.
How long does it take?
Patients receive three treatments, spaced four 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 should expect to come back annually for a maintenance treatment. 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. Your doctor will determine a post-procedure regimen that is right for you.
For which patients is the procedure appropriate?
The MonaLisa Touch® is appropriate for any female who has gone through menopause, as well as those who are experiencing symptoms as a result of a hysterectomy, breast cancer treatments or declining hormones. There is not an age restriction.
How much will the procedure cost?
Treatments are $600 dollars per treatment. Remember three treatments 6 weeks apart are recommended.
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.
Will the procedure be covered by insurance?
Unfortunately, it is not covered by insurance.
Have more questions about MonaLisa Touch®?
To learn more about MonaLisa Touch®, call our office today at 281-364-9898 to schedule your appointment.