Vaginal dryness and vaginal tightness can cause women severe pain during intercourse (Dyspareunia) and can eventually keep them from having sex entirely. Both symptoms are common as women get older and go through menopause, and these effects can interfere with their relationships and their quality of life.
To improve these symptoms, Women’s Wellness Institute of Dallas offers patients MonaLisa Touch®. The treatment uses an advanced fractional CO2 laser to resolve vaginal dryness and atrophy and to rejuvenate the vaginal tissue.
Dr. Brady’s licensed and cynosure certified Registered Nurse performs the MonaLisa Touch procedures in our practice under direct supervision of Dr. Brady. A board-certified specialist, Dr. Brady has spent almost two decades in practice helping patients improve their confidence, daily comfort, and experience with intimacy. Dr. Brady was one of the first physicians in Dallas to offer an in-office MonaLisa Touch system and is the only female surgeon in the city focused on cosmetic gynecology and sexual health.
Women Don’t Have to Live with Dryness, Irritation and Painful Intercourse
When the vagina becomes dry, intercourse can become extremely painful. We have had patients describe it as a feeling of sandpaper along the skin of their most intimate areas. Tightening of the vagina can also prevent women from having intercourse entirely.
MonaLisa Touch is a non-invasive and effective option for women who have been experiencing these challenges. Most of our Dallas patients tolerate treatment very well and tell us that it is well worth the improvement they get in their daily comfort.
In a MonaLisa Touch treatment:
- A small medical device will be gently placed inside the vagina to deliver fractional CO2 laser energy to the vaginal tissues. This is the same technology that doctors commonly used to treat aging facial skin.
- Micro-beams of energy will ablate the vaginal tissue in a targeted and controlled way.
- Following treatment, new collagen will develop and the blood supply will increase in these areas. The vaginal tissue should become softer and more pliable, and patients should experience less vaginal dryness.
While there are several CO2 lasers on the market, Dr. Brady prefers the MonaLisa Touch for a couple of reasons. First, it has been in use for the longest time, so its benefits for patients are proven. Second, its design allows Dr. Brady to insert the device only once during the treatment; other devices must be inserted and removed several times, which can be uncomfortable.
Patients will typically have three sessions with MonaLisa Touch, once every 6 weeks, and experience their maximum improvement about three months after the final session. They then return on a yearly basis for a single reapplication to maintain the benefits of their treatment.
Exploring Options with MonaLisa Touch
Women’s Wellness Institute of Dallas is a safe and supportive space for women to receive care. We know that some of our patients haven’t been able to be intimate for years and that they may have limited experience talking about these kinds of problems. Dr. Brady and our staff will make each visit as relaxed and informative as possible.
During this initial consultation, Dr. Brady will perform a physical examination. This will help her determine the amount of vaginal atrophy a patient has experienced so that Dr. Brady can advise a treatment tailored to her needs. The recommendations for a young woman who has a high level of natural estrogen and vaginal lubrication will be different from a post-menopausal patient.
If a patient is a good candidate for MonaLisa Touch, she can often receive treatment on the same day as her consultation. Dr. Brady and our staff will be happy to answer any questions our Dallas patients have. Their safety, comfort, and confidence in their care are among our highest priorities.
MonaLisa Touch Compared to Alternative Treatments
There are three general options for treating vaginal dryness:
- Over-the-counter lubricants, such as Replens®, which can temporarily moisten the tissue.
- Estrogen treatments, including creams, tablets, and rings. Women who have had breast cancer, a stroke, or a heart attack may not be candidates for estrogen treatments.
- MonaLisa Touch.
Dr. Brady can use MonaLisa Touch to help Dallas patients with both internal and external vaginal dryness. For example, some women experience irritation and pain during sex as a result of lichen sclerosis, an autoimmune disease that affects the skin around the vagina and perineum.
However, Dr. Brady may recommend a different approach for women who she diagnoses with vaginal stenosis. In this condition, the vagina narrows and shortens, and its lining may become thin and dry over time. Women with vaginal stenosis may find that penetration during sex is not possible. For these patients, Dr. Brady may advise a combination of MonaLisa Touch, dilation therapy, and other treatments.
What to Expect with MonaLisa Touch
A patient’s experience with MonaLisa Touch will differ depending on whether she has treatment on the inside of her vagina or the outside around the vulva.
Receiving an internal treatment will be similar to having an annual examination with an OB-GYN. The MonaLisa device will be carefully inserted and deliver pulses of energy. Most of our Dallas patients describe the sensation as something like a vibration followed by a puff of air. This is because women don’t have many nerve endings that deep into the vagina. Treatment will take about 5 minutes.
If a patient decides to have treatment on the outside around the vulva, we will apply a strong lidocaine ointment about 30 minutes before using the MonaLisa Touch device. The sensation on the outer skin will be more noticeable, something like the snapping of a rubber band. Sessions will only take about five minutes, and our patients tend to tolerate the experience very well.
Recovery After MonaLisa Touch
Following a MonaLisa Touch application, women who have had treatment on the inside should refrain from sex or from inserting a tampon for 48 hours. They are free to exercise, bathe, and take part in other daily activities.
Our Dallas patients who have external treatment can expect some of the same results that a facial CO2 treatment would create. They will need more time to recover, as their skin is likely to redden, peel, and feel sensitive for up to two weeks. Dr. Brady will advise patients to wear loose clothing and underwear, not have intercourse, and take it easy during this time.
Patients can expect to enjoy the benefits of MonaLisa Touch for up to a full year. Women who have been managing these symptoms with over-the-counter lubricants or estrogen treatments should be able to stop these regimens with the improvement they get from their treatment. As a result of MonaLisa Touch, vaginal dryness should resolve resulting in a patient experiencing rewarding intimacy with her partner free of pain and irritation.
Vaginal dryness or tightening doesn’t have to permanently limit a woman’s enjoyment of sex and her daily comfort. Explore treatment with MonaLisa Touch by contacting Women’s Wellness Institute of Dallas online or at (214) 442-0055.