Vaginal atrophy recently reclassified as the Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause is a condition that may start in the perimenopausal period or after the menopause. It may occasionally occur in younger women. Genital Symptoms include, dryness, burning and irritation.
Sexual symptoms include a lack of lubrication, discomfort or pain with intercourse and urinary symptoms include urgency, dysuria (burning on passing urine) and recurrent urinary tract infections. This may also lead to some degree of prolapse of the pelvic organs.
A radical new therapy for the treatment of Genitourinary symptoms of the Menopause including dryness, dyspareunia, prolapse, vaginal laxity, vaginal burning and vaginal itching.
Laser treatment for the facial rejuvenation has been around for some time. Now for the first time this treatment has become available for vaginal rejuvenation. It improves many or all of the symptoms of the Genitourinary syndrome of Menopause
The Mona Lisa Touch is an exciting new alternative to Hormone Replacement therapy for the treatment of The GenitoUrinary symptoms of the Menopause. The procedure takes just 5 minutes, is generally pain-free, has none of the systemic complications associated with HRT and allows the patient to return to normal activities immediately. Symptoms for which the treatment can be used include include dyspareunia, burning, itchiness, dryness, resulting in a markedly improved quality of life.
The majority of patients will notice an improvement within a few days of just one Mona Lisa treatment, however we do recommend 3 treatments at least a month to 6 weeks apart. We restrict sexual activity for 5 days after treatment however patients are usually able to perform their normal daily duties immediately after treatment.
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The MonaLisa Touch is a carbon dioxide fractional laser specifically designed to treat vaginal tissue. Similar to laser facial treatments, the procedure uses lasers to make micro-abrasions or tiny scratches in the vaginal wall, which stimulate growth of new blood vessels.
There are very few side effects. Most women tolerate their treatment very well. Some experience minor, temporary side effects such as mild vaginal bleeding, vaginal discharge, tenderness, itching, or burning.
A consultation costs $120 online or $200 face to face. Each treatment costs $600. Your consultation costs will be deducted from your treatment if you choose to go ahead. Most women require 3 treatments for the first year and yearly treatments thereafter. Mona Lisa Touch is NOT covered by insurance.
We have had over 200 patients through the clinic. Of these 160 have stated that the benefits have been life changing. 36 have had improvement and 4 reported no real change. i.e. a 98% success rate.
Because the basic problem is the lack of oestrogen and aging after the menopause the vagina will eventually deteriorate once again. It is suggested that an annual top up is done. If it is left much longer than a year, you may require 3 treatments again.
Most patients notice a 50% improvement in symptoms within 6 weeks after the first treatment, this will continue following subsequent treatments.
How long does the treatment take?
The actual treatment takes only about 5 minutes and does not usually require the use of anaesthesia unless external treatment is to occur or there is vaginismus. Getting the laser into the vagina usually is what takes up the time. There is also no downtime associated with this treatment. You'll be able to get right back to your regular schedule immediately.
Some women experience a watery discharge or light spotting for a day or two. The vaginal area may feel swollen or full. Do not put anything inside your vagina for at least 5 days after treatment. Do not have baths or use a jacuzzi during this time. There are microscabs in the vagina which if removed can cause bleeding or infection.