MonaLisa Touch is a new non-invasive and non-hormonal treatment of symptoms related to Vaginal Atrophy.
Vaginal ageing, or vaginal atrophy causes changes in the structure and function of the vagina and can affect women of all ages. MonaLisa Touch is a powerful CO2 rejuvenating vaginal laser that promotes the remodelling of the vaginal mucous epithelium layer. The regeneration of new tissue within the vaginal walls that takes place following treatment rebuilds a naturally stronger structure, and recovers lost volume, hydration and elasticity.
The procedure takes around five minutes and is suitable for almost all women suffering from vaginal atrophy.
Pain medication is not required, and there is no downtime.
What does the MonaLisa Touch procedure treat?
Vaginal atrophy causes changes in the structure and function of the vagina.
The main cause of the symptoms of VVA is a drop in the oestrogen levels causing the vaginal lining to become thinner, dryer and less elastic. This can cause symptoms such as:
- Itchiness and burning sensation
- Discomfort related to laxity
- Dyspareunia (pain) or bleeding during sexual intercourse
- Early stages of urinary incontinence
Other causes of vaginal atrophy:
- History of hormone-sensitive cancers (e.g breast and uterine)
- Breastfeeding related vaginal dryness
- History of not being satisfied with hormone replacement therapies
- "Induced" menopause:
- post hysterectomy
- Post suppression of ovarian function (chemotherapy, radiation)
- Anti oestrogen medications
How does Fractional CO2 Laser work?
The MonaLisa Touch procedure uses a specialised vaginal rejuvenating CO2 laser probe that delivers continuous waves of CO2 levels in a fractional pattern along the vaginal lining. Uniform delivery of the fractional pattern is achieved through a unique scanner designer to microbeams of 210um in a controlled and uniform manner. It also enables a quicker vaginal tissue healing.
What does each treatment involve?
The doctor will firstly perform an examination of the vagina using a speculum to exclude the presence of any concerns of abnormality apart from VVA, the extent of which will be assessed.
The MonaLisa Touch procedure is performed with the patient lying supine and does not require pain relief or sedation.
During the treatment, the doctor will move the sterilized applicator along the vaginal wall in an outward motion, applying the laser in a 360 degree pattern covering the entire area. The whole procedure should take a few minutes.
You may experience a minor heat sensation during the treatment but it is very gentle and you should not feel uncomfortable.
What happens after treatment?
The MonaLisa Touch procedure is very safe and has very little risks. Immediately after the treatment you may feel a very mild heat sensation. This will not last longer than a few hours. There is a transient inflammatory reaction expected after the procedure such as sensation of heat, possible burning and minor bleeding. These symptoms are very mild and usually resolve within 24 hours and not last longer than 72 hours. Vaginal lubricating gel can be used for discomfort.
For a minimum of 5 days it is important to:
- avoid heat exposure in the treated area (such as a hot shower or sauna)
- refrain from sexual activity, as well as avoid use of tampons and douche
- wear cotton underwear and loose fitting bottoms to allow the treated area to breathe as much as possible
When will I see results?
Typically 2-3 treatments are needed to see optimal results and achieve the desired outcome on the vaginal layer. We recommend three treatments, six weeks apart with annual maintenance treatments.