Even with the passage of time, many women still retain their youthful energy and enthusiasm, but post menopausal changes can affect a woman’s quality of life in unexpected ways. Hormone replacement therapy may not be the best option for a lot of patients, as treatment outcomes can be uncertain.
Now there is an alternative therapy for vaginal revitalization, called the MonaLisa Touch™ that can help millions of women who are silently suffering and unable to undergo other treatment options.
Have you experienced changes in your vaginal health since menopause? Did you know that over 40 percent of post-menopausal women experience symptoms such as dryness, itching, burning, painful urination or pain during intercourse?
It’s OK to talk about it™ – patients say the “Life -Changing” MonaLisa Touch delivers gentle laser energy to the vaginal wall that stimulates a healing response, generating new collagen in the tissue and enhanced moisture levels in the vaginal canal.
Frequently Asked Questions
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. Preliminary findings from a trial evaluating the laser treatment on postmenopausal women* and breast cancer survivors experiencing vaginal health issues showpositive 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.
Where can I have this done?
The MonaLisa Touch is an in-office procedure performed by physicians who treat symptoms of Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause (GSM).
Does the procedure hurt?
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.
How long does it take?
Patients receive three treatments, spaced six weeks apart, which each take less than five minutes to perform.
When will I see results?
Most patients feel improvement after the very first treatment, although the procedure calls for three treatments that are generally spaced over a 18 week period.
How long does it last?
Patients should expect to come back annually for a maintenance treatment. MonaLisa Touch was first available outside the US where more than 5,000 patients have been treated worldwide with up to an 18 month follow up.
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 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.
How much will the procedure cost?
Patients should contact our office at (251) 338-1234 for pricing information.
Is this procedure safe for women with breast cancer?
Yes, MonaLisa Touch treatment is particularly well suited for patients who cannot or prefer not to receive estrogen therapy.
Will the procedure be covered by insurance?
No processing code has been established.
Here’s what you can expect:
- A typical course of treatment is three procedures over 12 weeks
- No anesthesia, virtually painless
- In-office procedure
- No downtime
- No side-effects
- Each treatment is less than 5 minutes
Thousands of women have been treated worldwide since 2008
In both European and US clinical trials, women reported symptom relief after the very first treatment and even greater improvement after treatments 2 and 3. Ask Dr. Charles Hanes if the MonaLisa Touch is the right treatment for you. If you have additional questions, our staff can be reached at 251-338-1234.
*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)