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Aging and hormonal changes are a natural part of life that can cause undesired gynecologic symptoms such as vaginal burning, itching, dryness, and painful intercourse. Women may experience similar side effects after hysterectomy or breast cancer treatments. These changes can profoundly impact women’s daily lives and intimate relationships. Southside OBGYN is happy to introduce the MonaLisa Touch®, which is a laser treatment to provide relief from the uncomfortable symptoms caused by genitourinary syndrome of menopause.

Today more than ever before, many women retain their youthful energy and enthusiasm, but post-menopausal changes can affect a women’s quality of life in unexpected ways. Intimacy just doesn’t feel the same as it once did. This gentle laser therapy can help millions of women who are silently suffering.

The MonaLisa Touch® delivers gentle fractional CO2 laser vaginal wall tissue. It restores vaginal health by generating new collagen, elastin, and vascularization. Here are important details about it:

  • 3 treatments <5 minutes
  • In office procedure
  • Requires no anesthesia
  • Extremely safe
  • Symptom relief after just one treatment
  • No downtime
  • Thousands of women successfully treated since 2012

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the MonaLisa Touch?

The MonaLisa Touch is a gentle laser therapy that delivers controlled energy to the vaginal wall tissue. It restores vaginal health by generating new collagen, elastin and vascularization. The MonaLisa Touch was first available outside the US where more than 15,000 patients have been treated worldwide.

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 the vaginal lining, both the surface (epithelial) tissue and deep (lamina propria) tissue to promote vaginal mucosal revitalization.

Where can I have this done?

The MonaLisa Touch is a brief, safe, in-office procedure performed at the Southside OBGYN Indianapolis Office.

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 each takes about 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 an18-week period.

How long does it last? Patients should expect to come back annually for one maintenance treatment. 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. The trial assessed the use of CO2 fractional laser therapy on 30 women with gynecological health issues due to natural or induced menopause who are experiencing problematic vaginal symptoms related to sexual intercourse. All of the patients in the trial were treated with the MonaLisa Touch laser therapy. Results were:

  • Overwhelmingly positive and immediate results
  • Highly statistically significant improvement in symptoms after first treatment
  • Escalation of progress with each subsequent treatment

A study was done by Dr. Stefano Salvatore*, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Vita- Salute San Raffaele University to assess the feasibility of fractional C02 laser in the treatment of 50 women suffering changes in their gynecologic health.

  • 42 patients (84%) showed significant improvement in their physical and mental quality of life scores over baseline and were satisfied with the treatment. Gynecologic symptoms were significantly improved.

*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, and anticancer drugs such as Tamoxifen).

What are my limitations after the procedure is done?

Patients should refrain from sexual activity for 2-3 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 vaginal symptoms as a result of a hysterectomy or breast cancer treatments.

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.

Are there other non-estrogen alternatives?

Osphena is the other non-estrogen treatment for vaginal atrophy. Osphena is an oral pill taken once a day and the full retail price is $200 per month or $2,400 per year. Even if covered by insurance at 50% the yearly cost is $1,200. Like all oral medications, there are potential side effects, the most common one being hot flashes.

Will the procedure be covered by insurance?

No, the Mona Lisa Touch procedure is not billable to insurance.

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