Not getting your period may feel like a win when you hit menopause. But the accompanying decrease in estrogen may lead to vaginal dryness and irritation, which can cause discomfort, especially during intercourse. As a board-certified OB/GYN at Brown’s Women’s Care, P.A., in Monroe, North Carolina, Dr. Heather Leslie-Brown uses the MonaLisa Touch® treatment to rejuvenate and improve your gynecological health. If you’re experiencing vaginal discomfort, call today or schedule an appointment online.
MonaLisa Touch® is an innovative laser, designed and produced by DEKA (Italy), that delivers fractional CO2 laser energy to soft tissues. The procedure is performed in an office environment typically without the need for anesthesia.
A laser procedure option for gynecologic use†
By delivering fractional CO2 laser energy to tissue, the MonaLisa Touch procedure may help women feel like themselves again.
Deeper penetration. Unique Technology.
The MonaLisa Touch procedure uses fractional laser technology and has proprietary stacking software, which allows repetitive firing of the laser with more concentrated energy.
- Enables deeper penetration of energy into soft tissues
Adopted by practitioners around the world
The MonaLisa Touch laser is widely used and has been embraced by hundreds of experts in female pelvic health. It’s a well-tolerated procedure performed in-office and typically does not need anesthesia.
- Depending on the laser procedure, your doctor may recommend you refrain from sexual activity for 2-3 days. Your doctor will determine a post-procedure regimen that is right for you.
- Post procedure, most patients can return to their normal routine with little to no downtime
What is MonaLisa Touch ?
For millions of women, MonaLisa Touch is a simple, proven laser device for use in gynecologic health. The MonaLisa Touch laser is a device for gynecologic use that delivers laser energy to tissue. This is followed by the body’s natural healing response. The MonaLisa Touch procedure was the first gynecologic laser offered globally in 2012 and became available in the US in 2014. You can feel confident knowing that it’s a trusted device. MonaLisa Touch is a well-studied laser and has been accepted by experts in female pelvic health around the world. Unlike other lasers, SmartXide Touch which is used to deliver the MonaLisa Touch procedure, was designed for gynecologic use to meet the needs of OB/GYN patients. The fractional laser technology within the MonaLisa Touch device has proprietary stacking technology, which is a repetitive firing of the laser with more concentrated energy to target deeper levels of the tissue.
The procedure is performed here in our office during a routine outpatient appointment. The procedure time is less than 5 minutes and can be scheduled at your convenience. A short series of laser sessions may be recommended by your physician. The MonaLisa Touch procedure typically requires no anesthesia. Most patients resume their routines within a few days of the procedure and side effects are typically mild or unnoticeable in most cases. For a full list of warnings and indications, visit smilemonalisa.com.
Potential Risks and Side Effects
Possible side effects in the treated area may include:
- Mild pinpoint spotting or bleeding
- Pink, brown or watery discharge
- Redness, swelling, or inflammation
- Tenderness, itching, irritation, burning upon urination
Practices may elect to have patient sign a consent form that they are aware of the indications and potential side effects.
MonaLisa Touch Q & A
Everyone is unique and our skin ages pre and post-procedure. You and your physician should discuss your needs and expectations.
It may be recommended that you wait ~2-3 days for any contact in the lased area. Talk with your physician post-procedure.
Many women call the MonaLisa Touch life-changing. Not only does it improve your intimacy with your partner, but it also reduces postmenopausal vaginal pain and discomfort.
MonaLisa Touch may also be effective at treating urinary incontinence and urgency as well as recurrent bacterial vaginosis. However, the FDA’s approval does not extend to this use.
Any postmenopausal women experiencing painful intercourse or vaginal dryness and discomfort are candidates for MonaLisa Touch.
If you had a hysterectomy, you may also benefit from the procedure. It has also been used for women with vaginal atrophy following breast or ovarian cancer who can’t supplement with vaginal estrogen.
MonaLisa Touch is also used to treat women with thinning and irritation of their vulvar skin, which is known as lichen sclerosus.
MonaLisa Touch doesn’t require anesthesia, so Dr. Leslie-Brown is able to do it in her office. The procedure takes at most five minutes, and women typically need only three treatments over 18 weeks. Then, you’ll need only to follow up at your annual check-up.
Dr. Leslie-Brown inserts the vaginal probe gently into your vagina, and the laser’s light energy makes tiny punctures in your vaginal wall. The mostly painless procedure increases blood flow to your vagina while promoting growth of healthy tissue. The treatment causes your vaginal wall to thicken and become more pliable, almost like it was before menopause.
MonaLisa Touch leaves few side effects. Some women have minimal bleeding or vaginal discharge, which usually clears up within three days.
MonaLisa Touch is a laser treatment that improves the health and elasticity of your vaginal wall. The procedure is nearly painless, clinically proven, and minimally invasive in using laser energy to stimulate and heal the cells in your vagina.
The state-of-the-art technology was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for gynecological use in 2014.