A: It 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. The treatment improves the state of the mucosa that lines the vaginal walls through mini-invasive laser-assisted procedures. The MonaLisa Touch is not an aesthetic treatment, as the term “rejuvenation” may suggest, because the beneficial effects of the treatment “rejuvenates” the vaginal tissue, restoring the functionality lost over time.
A: The MonaLisa Touch treatment is performed using a special CO₂ fractional laser, specifically designed for this type of application. The procedure is carried out in the office and usually does not require anesthesia. It does not involve incisions or sutures and the sessions last 15-20 minutes.
A: Most patients report a reduction in dryness, burning sensation and pain during intercourse, which contributes to a substantial improvement in the quality of life. These results are possible, thanks to the stimulation of the mucosa, which regenerates and “rejuvenates”. This process involves cells and tissues and requires a few weeks to be completed. Results are more noticeable one and a half months after the session.
A: The MonaLisa Touch allows for functional restoration of the vagina, which helps fight and reduce symptoms related to vaginal atrophy, a widespread problem among pre and post-menopausal women. Thanks to its action on factors that determine dryness, fragility and loss of mucosal elasticity, this treatment can eliminate troublesome itching, irritation and pain, which become particularly acute during intercourse. The interaction with the laser is, in fact, the ideal method to stimulate the collagen contained in the vaginal walls for the rehydration and functional tissue restoration. Its beneficial action can contribute to improve self-confidence and sexual pleasure.
A: Most women report slight localized discomfort following the laser treatment and during the first few days after the session. Many have reported to have resumed their normal routine after one to three days. During the healing period, it may be recommended to avoid lifting weights or some activities, such as taking a hot bath, or physical exercise. Dr. Wesley Anne Brady will provide you with specific indications for a speedy recovery.
A: For any woman with vaginal atrophy due to physiological hormone changes, which become inevitable over time. In particular, MonaLisa Touch is the ideal treatment for those who are looking for a less invasive procedure, compared to traditional surgical or pharmaceutical treatments. Remember, no one can advise you better about MonaLisa Touch and what is best for you to achieve your best results than your doctor.
A: There is no exclusion criteria for MonaLisa Touch, other than those related to serious local and/or systemic diseases. In general, all women in menopausal age can benefit from this treatment; however, your doctor must determine whether you are compatible.
A: The term “loose vagina” refers to a condition where the diameter of the vagina has increased. This is often caused by natural yet traumatic events, such as giving birth or tissue relaxation due to the natural aging process. In these cases, it is essential to evaluate the cause and state of the vagina to exclude a prolapse or involvement of the muscles. The CO₂ fractional laser allows treating those cases where the “loose vagina” is due to a loss of mucosal tone. For other causes, Dr. Brady provides surgical options including Vaginal Rejuvenation, or Vaginoplasty. At your initial consultation, we can determine cause and options.
A: There are some minimal risks. The treatment is performed on an outpatient basis. Most women report temporary side effects, slight redness or swelling, some discomfort that usually disappears in one or two days.