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MonaLisa Touch

About Vaginal Atrophy And Its Impact On Women’s Lives

The MonaLisa Touch is a gentle, non-invasive treatment that helps women who have experienced changes in gynecologic health resulting from menopause or other factors that cause a decline in estrogen levels.

Many issues of gynecological health are common among postmenopausal women, breast cancer survivors, and women who have had a hysterectomy. Vaginal Atrophy can have a huge impact in a woman’s quality of life.

What Is Vaginal Atrophy?

Vaginal Atrophy, caused by a decrease in estrogen, causes symptoms such as vaginal dryness, burning and itching, as well as decreased vaginal lubrication during sexual activity and painful intercourse. The walls of the vagina become thinner and the natural elasticity and blood supply is reduced. The protective mucosa of the vagina can lose hydration and thickness, thus, causing a loss of lubrication. The changes in the natural pH balance of the internal environment have detrimental effects on the function and health of the vagina.

According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, “there are an estimated 64 million postmenopausal women in the United States, and as many as 32 million may suffer from Vulvar Vaginal Atrophy symptoms including dyspareunia, vaginal dryness, and vaginal irritation”.

Breast cancer survivors account for another 2.8 million of women that suffer from changes in their gynecological health as a result of their cancer treatment.

About The MonaLisa Touch

MonaLisa Touch is a new revolutionary vaginal rejuvenation procedure that can treat vaginal atrophy and its many symptoms. Using an advanced medical laser, MonaLisa Touch stimulates the vaginal tissue with a controlled energy pulse, causing an increase in collagen production, which is essential to healthy vaginal cells. A 5-minute treatment that delivers a precise amount of heat which helps restore the vaginal wall strength and blood supply.

The MonaLisa Touch addresses the issues of vaginal atrophy rather than simply working on the symptoms, creating longer-lasting relief than current treatments.

This procedure received an FDA clearance back in 2014 and the doctors of North Atlanta were one of the first obstetrics and gynecology practitioners to offer the laser treatment. Now, with over 4 years of experience, they’re one of the most trusted practitioners in the country for the MonaLisa Touch.

How Does The MonaLisa Touch Work?

The secret is in the two-part laser pulse. The MonaLisa Touch uses targeted CO2 laser energy to stimulate both the surface (epithelial) tissue and the underlying deep tissue (lamina propria). The fractioned light beams enter and create small wounds in the epithelial layer, which triggers the production of collagen.

Each laser session lasts about five minutes, and the entire process only requires three sessions (40 - 60 days apart). The procedure is very fast, painless and is minimally invasive while providing results remarkably quickly. After the first session, you’ll begin to see improvement. Below are testimonies from doctors who have experience practicing the MonaLisa Touch procedure.

“Recent studies show that patients treated with the MonaLisa Touch laser showed highly statistically significant improvement in the vaginal tissue after the first treatment, patients in the studies experienced minimal to no side effects or adverse reactions and showed an escalation of progress with each subsequent treatment. With these kinds of outcomes, the MonaLisa Touch is a game-changing procedure for my postmenopausal patients.” said Dr. Michelle S. Dodder.

MonaLisa Touch is a real breakthrough for feminine health, offering a quick and virtually painless remedy for a medical condition with a large unmet need for an effective treatment option. I am grateful I am able to offer my patients this treatment.”

Benefits of MonaLisa Touch

Choosing the MonaLisa Touch over other procedures, such as the hormone treatments, is a much safer option. The hormone treatments can have side effects, or can be impossible to do because of other conditions that may hinder the procedure. Surgical treatment requires a longer period of time to recover and some women simply do not want to undergo a surgical treatment.

The vaginal revitalization process provided by the MonaLisa Touch can cure dryness and pain associated with intercourse, which can lead to a more enjoyable and fulfilling sex life. Along with being an extremely quick procedure (5 minutes), it’s a drug-free solution that requires no anesthesia. In addition, it’s a non-invasive, painless procedure with little to no side effects and it’s the best alternative for breast cancer survivors who require a non-hormonal solution.

The MonaLisa Touch can also be used to treat vaginal laxity, which refers to the condition where the diameter of the vagina has increased. This is usually caused by natural yet traumatic events such as childbirth or tissue relaxation due to a natural ageing process. In these cases, it’s essential to evaluate the cause and the state of the vagina to exclude a prolapse or an involvement of the muscles. The CO2 fractional laser allows treating those cases where it’s due to a mucosal tone loss.

The treatment is performed on an outpatient or day-doctor’s facility premise. Most women reported slight inconvenience post-procedure but many continued their ordinary routine within one to three days after. We advise to abstain from lifting weights and a few other physical exercises. Your doctor will give you specific indications to ensure a speedy recovery.

The effects of the MonaLisa Touch can last for one year, depending on the severity of the vaginal atrophy, the age of the patient, and the lifestyle (diet, smoking, etc.). After the one year your gynecologist can suggest you how many sessions should be performed again.

Are There Any Contraindications?

There is no criteria for exclusion of the MonaLisa Touch, other than those related to serious local or systemic diseases. All women who have vaginal atrophy can benefit from this treatment; however, your doctor must determine whether you are compatible.

How Soon Can I Resume Sexual Activity?

We recommend you rest three to four days before resuming regular sexual activity. As we stated in the aforementioned, it will be up to your doctor to give you more specific guidance based on the outcome of the treatment.

For more information, please call (404) 255-0611 and let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

Testimonials

The MonaLisa Touch was Robin’s last resort. Due to her history of breast cancer, it didn’t allow her to even try hormonal treatment. Now, Robin no longer feels left out from enjoying many of the little things that brought her joy. Life is not just better, it’s finally enjoyable again.

When I underwent the MonaLisa Touch procedure I was a little nervous and after the procedure, I came out almost bouncing off the wall, saying I cannot believe, there is no discomfort, such a short time commitment. I first began to see results from the MonaLisa Touch Procedure approximately 2 weeks after the initial procedure. “ ~ Sara
It really wasn’t until I realized that this was my body that was having the reaction due to menopause. I noticed a difference after my first procedure and then going back for the second there was a huge difference. Between the second and third treatment, a total opening, a softening, receptivity, sensitivity, that I haven’t had for years and years. Probably what MonaLisa Touch gave back to me, it gave me back confidence and made me want to date again. It made me feel like I can have a full relationship. I feel like I don’t have to hold back any more. I can just bring everything that I have back to the table, because I was holding back before and now I don’t have to.” ~ Melinda
To find out that there was actually a laser that in 3 treatments could possibly provide me with what I hadn’t been getting in the last 10 years of trying. I was ecstatic. I think having the procedure helps me to feel like I can be in touch with just being a woman again. It can really affect your self-confidence, your self-esteem. And so I think that was a plus that I wasn’t really considering, that happened.” ~ Lori
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