The principle of fractional laser is to treat a proportion of the skin or mucosal surface area in columns of laser light.
Recent scientific literature shows that treatment with fractional CO2 laser can be used for the treatment of vaginal health related conditions and specifically that it significantly improves symptoms of VVA in post menopausal women.
Historirical data also shows that fractional CO2 lasers cause a thickening and restoration of the vaginal mucosa.
During the MonaLisa Touch procedure the probe delivers continuous wave 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.
The procedure is not painful so pain relief is not required.
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 as mentioned 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.
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
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.