Frequently Asked Questions
What is the MonaLisa Therapy?
MonaLisa Touch is a medical CO2 laser that delivers controlled energy to the vaginal wall through a probe inserted into the vaginal canal. The probe is rotated and withdrawn gradually while the pulses are applied to the entire length of the vagina. A two-part pulse targets surface (epithelial) tissue and deep (lamina proproia) tissue to reverse the changes induced by menopause. The penetrating laser energy stimulates a healing cascade that produces collagen, promotes blood flow, restores vaginal lubrication, and improves elasticity.
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 show positive 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.
Does the procedure hurt?
The procedure is virtually painless and requires no anesthesia. Some patients may experience some discomfort from the probe insertion and placement, but the actual treatment is not painful.
How long does it take?
Patients receive three treatments, spaced six weeks apart. Each treatment takes less than fifteen 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 an 12-week period.
How long does it last?
Patients can expect to return every 12-18 months for a maintenance treatment.
What are my limitations after the procedure is done?
Patients should refrain from sexual activity for 2-3 days. If the external area is treated, refrain for 5-7 days
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 their healthcare professional for additional 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 procedures be covered by insurance?
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