A Novel Laser Therapy for Vaginal Health Patients are calling it “Life-Changing” MonaLisa Touch delivers gentle laser energy to the vaginal wall tissue that stimulates a healing response by generating new collagen, elastin and vascularization. A typical course of treatment is three procedures over 18 weeks.
I was referred to Dr. Heather Reese for The Mona Lisa Touch. I am a breast cancer survivor of 12 years and took Tamoxifen, post menopausal, have lichen sclerosis, and the lack of estrogen had caused vaginal atrophy. And, each year, my pain was increasing. We met with Dr. Reese for a free consultation and there was no sales pitch. She was informative, great bedside manner and made me feel totally at ease. Her nurse and staff are friendly and really made me feel comfortable. I am a very nervous person regarding medical procedures and I’m sure I would have backed out of this much needed treatment if not for their excellent bedside manners and care. They are truly amazing. I have had two internal treatments and one external. What a life changer! After the first internal treatment, I am not experiencing vaginal dryness and have been able to have pain free sexual relations. I now look forward to my treatments as I can see such drastic improvement. The treatments are uncomfortable, yet tolerable. I highly recommend Dr. Reese and The Mona Lisa Touch. This treatment has improved my quality of life beyond words. An anonymous patient.
How does it work?
The MonaLisa Touch uses gentle laser energy that is delivered via a 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.
Is this procedure safe for women with breast cancer?
Yes, the MonaLisa Touch therapy is particularly well suited for patients who cannot, or prefer not to receive estrogen therapy.
Does the procedure hurt?
The procedure 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.
How long does it take?
Patients receive three treatments, spaced six weeks apart, which takes around 5-15 minutes to perform.
When will I see results?
Most patients feel improvement after the very first treatment, although the procedure calls for three internal treatments that are generally spaced over an 18-week period. Some patients need additional external treatments for lichen sclerosus or vulvar pain syndrome.
How long does it last?
Patients should expect to come back annually for a maintenance treatment.
What are my limitations after the procedure is done?
Patients should refrain from sexual activity for 2-3 days. Your doctor will determine a post-procedure regimen that is right for you.
For which patients is this treatment appropriate?
The MonaLisa Touch is appropriate for any female suffering from issues from a decline in estrogen, as well as those who are experiencing symptoms as a result of a hysterectomy or breast cancer treatments.
Will the procedure be covered by insurance?
No processing code has been established.
What clinical trials have been conducted on the MonaLisa Touch?
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 and a study was done by Dr. Stefano Salvatore*, Vita- Salute San Raffaele University showing 84% improvement. These results are confirmed by real patients on realself.com
There are now 22 published studies worldwide showing a 71-91% improvement in either vaginal dryness or burning, incontinence, Lichen Sclerosus, and pain with intercourse. No adverse events have been reported in the 36 month follow up.
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