About MonaLisa Touch
Even with the passage of time, many women still retain their youthful energy and enthusiasm, but post- menopausal changes can affect a woman’s quality of life in unexpected ways. Hormone replacement therapy may not be the best option for a lot of patients, as treatment outcomes can be uncertain. Now there is a alternative therapy for vaginal revitalization that can help millions of women who are silently suffering and unable to undergo other treatment options.
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.
Who benefits from the MonaLisa Touch?
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 breast cancer treatments.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the 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? What is the cost?
No processing code has been established. This is a cash paying procedure. The treatment course cost is $1,800, that covers a full treatment course of 3 sessions. You cannot purchase an individual session, it works only as a treatment course. After that, usually one touch up treatment a year is needed.
What are my limitations after the procedure is done?
Patients should refrain from sexual activity for 3 days. Your doctor will determine a post-procedure regimen that is right for you.
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 3 treatments, spaced 6 weeks apart, which each take less than 5 minutes to perform.
When will I see results?
Most patients feel improvement after the very 1st treatment. Typically, within the first week.
How long does it last?
Patients should expect to come back annually for a maintenance treatment. MonaLisa Touch was first launched in Italy in 2012. The procedure is now being offered throughout Europe, Canada, US, Asia, South America and Australia where more than 50,000 patients have been treated worldwide with up to an 18-month follow-up. The FDA approved the MonaLisa Touch in the US in September 2014.
What clinical trials have been conducted on the MonaLisa Touch?
A multi-site 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 post-menopausal 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 dug-induced suppression of ovarian function (chemotherapy, radiations, anticancer drugs such as Tamoxifen)
Diane Young, MD
Gina Sternschuss, MD
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