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.
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.
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.
The procedure will seem similar to your annual exam, and will likely be even quicker. Your physician will insert the laser into you vagina and deliver laser energy “pulses”. The total treatment time is less than 5 minutes. The laser energy is virtually painless. Some patients report mild discomfort with the laser tip insertion during the first procedure due to vaginal dryness.
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)
MonaLisa Touch® laser treatments are performed in‐office and take less than 5 minutes.
Patients receive three treatments, spaced six weeks apart, which each take less than five minutes to perform.
Most patients feel improvement after the very first treatment, although the procedure calls for three treatments that are generally spaced over a 12‐week period.
Patients should expect to come back annually for a maintenance treatment.
Patients should refrain from sexual activity for 2‐3 days. Your doctor will determine a post‐procedure regimen that is right for you.
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.
Yes, MonaLisa Touch® treatment is particularly well suited for patients who cannot, or prefer not to receive estrogen therapy.
It is not covered by insurance. However, we’re excited to partner with CareCredit® to provide a CareCredit® healthcare credit card.