The MonaLisa Touch is a new kind of laser vaginal rejuvenation therapy that is extremely effective against vaginal atrophy. The CO2 fractional laser used in the MonaLisa Touch reverses laxity and vaginal atrophy that is caused by hormonal changes due to menopause.
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MonaLisa Touch Q&A
Q1. What is MonaLisa Touch procedure?
What is vaginal rejuvenation? The MonaLisa Touch is a type of vaginal rejuvenation procedure that is used in the treatment of vaginal atrophy caused by menopause. During the procedure, the CO2 fractional laser is inserted into the vaginal cavity of a female and the pulses of the laser stimulate the production of new collagen in the walls of the vagina.
Q2. Who is a candidate for MonaLisa Touch procedure?
The MonaLisa Touch is an excellent procedure for women who suffer from atrophic vaginitis or vaginal atrophy. Vaginal atrophy is the thinning, inflammation and drying of the walls of the vagina due to reduced estrogen levels in the body. Atrophic vaginitis occurs most commonly in menopausal females. Some common symptoms and signs of vaginal atrophy that may require you to undergo vaginal rejuvenation procedure are:
- Dryness of vagina
- Vaginal discharge
- Vaginal burning
- Itching in the genitals
- Burning during urination
- Urinary urgency
- Urinary incontinence
- Pain during intercourse
- Increased urinary tract infections
- Light bleeding or spotting after intercourse
- Decreased lubrication of the vagina while having sexual intercourse
- Tightening and shortening of the vaginal canal
If you experience any of the above symptoms, especially pain during intercourse that is not relieved by using water-based lubricant or a vaginal moisturizer, then visit your physician. After your physician determines your problem, they may discuss with you whether MonaLisa Touch laser vaginal rejuvenation procedure is right for you or not.
Q3. What happens during the MonaLisa Touch procedure?
In the Monalisa touch laser vaginal rejuvenation procedure a fractional CO2 (carbon dioxide) laser with an attached vaginal probe is used to deliver an ideal quantity of heat to the vagina. During the vaginal rejuvenation process, the fractional CO2 laser is inserted into your vaginal cavity. The laser rays stimulate growth of new collagen in the walls of the vagina. During the laser vaginal rejuvenation, the exterior area of your vagina is also targeted using the laser. External treatment is provided to increase the sensation you experience during sexual intercourse as sensation is generally reduced in menopausal women.
Q4. How long does the MonaLisa Touch procedure take?
The Monalisa touch laser vaginal rejuvenation procedure is a very short procedure. It takes about five to six minutes for your physician to carry out this vaginal rejuvenation process. You may be recommended three treatments sessions initially by your physician that are spaced six to eight weeks apart. With each treatment, the laser strength is increased, which results in more noticeable results.
You may be required to undergo additional maintenance vaginal rejuvenation treatments every year or every alternate year depending on the severity of your symptoms and initial response to treatment.
Q5. Is the MonaLisa Touch procedure painful?
The MonaLisa Touch laser vaginal rejuvenation procedure is nearly painless and; hence, needs no anesthesia. Some women may experience minimal discomfort initially when the vaginal probe is inserted into the vagina; however, the actual vaginal rejuvenation process is not painful. According to many women, laser vaginal rejuvenation feels like a mild or gentle vibration. Others describe it as warm pulses, a snapping sensation or pinching.
Q6. What are the pre-vaginal rejuvenation treatment instructions?
You should avoid sexual intercourse 24 hours before your treatment. You should also avoid using vaginal creams or lubricants 48 hours before your treatment.
Q7. When will you recover from the MonaLisa Touch procedure?
The recovery from the MonaLisa Touch laser vaginal rejuvenation procedure is very quick. You will start feeling perfectly well immediately after the vaginal rejuvenation process is over. But you should avoid getting engaged in sexual intercourse for a minimum of three-four days after the vaginal rejuvenation treatment so as to get the maximum benefits.
Q8. What are the results of the MonaLisa Touch procedure?
The MonaLisa Touch vaginal rejuvenation treatment increases the flow of blood to the vagina. This, in turn, stimulates and increases the production of collagen, lubrication, and sensation of the vagina; thereby, improving the natural functioning of your vagina. It has been proved clinically that the Monalisa touch procedure works to reverse the changes of vaginal atrophy caused by hormonal changes due to menopause. In a study carried out by Dr. Stefano, the improvement was experienced by 84 percent of the control group in gynecologic symptoms and mental and physical quality of life following treatment.
Q9. When can you expect results?
Some women have experienced immediate results following the first laser vaginal rejuvenation procedure while for others improvement followed after the second treatment. However, after the third session, the majority of females experience the normal health of the vagina.
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