You’re prepared to experience hot flashes and mood swings during menopause, but you may not expect vaginal atrophy, a common problem that causes painful intercourse. The MonaLisa Touch® is specifically designed to treat vaginal atrophy. Dr. Gregory Davis at MonaLisa Touch Chico is an OB/GYN specialist who offers safe and effective laser therapy using the MonaLisa Touch®. Please contact his office in Chico, California, or schedule an appointment online to learn how treatment with the MonaLisa Touch® can quickly and painlessly restore vaginal health.
The MonaLisa Touch® is an advanced laser designed to treat tissues inside the vagina. It uses a fractional CO2 laser, which divides a single laser beam into many tiny shafts of light, or microbeams. While microscopic columns of skin are treated to restore vaginal health, the surrounding skin remains untouched, which promotes quicker healing.
The MonaLisa Touch® is primarily used to treat vaginal atrophy, or genitourinary syndrome of menopause, a condition that affects nearly half of all women after menopause. Estrogen is responsible for maintaining healthy vaginal tissues. Loss of estrogen at menopause has a significant impact, causing vaginal walls to become thin, dry, less elastic, and easily inflamed.
Symptoms of vaginal atrophy include:
The MonaLisa Touch® may also be used to treat:
Gentle heat from the laser stimulates the production of collagen and elastin, restores blood circulation, and increases hyaluronic acid, which hydrates tissues. As tissues regenerate, the vaginal walls regain healthy tone and texture, and symptoms of vaginal atrophy are relieved.
The MonaLisa Touch® consists of a round device that’s inserted into your vagina. When Dr. Davis begins the procedure, this device sends laser energy into the vaginal wall. You won’t need anesthesia because the treatment is painless and it’s quick -- it’s finished in about five minutes.
You may experience slight redness or swelling after your procedure, but that should resolve in a day or two, and you won’t need to take downtime. Dr. Davis provides self-care instructions to follow while you heal, which may include avoiding sex for two or three days.
Most women need to receive three MonaLisa Touch® treatments spaced six weeks apart to achieve optimal vaginal restoration. After your initial three sessions, the changes in vaginal tissues are long-lasting. You may need one yearly treatment to maintain your results, but Dr. Davis can determine whether you need follow-up sessions after assessing the treatment’s impact.