The Mona Lisa Touch is a simple laser treatment that has been clinically proven to provide effective results for vaginal dryness, vaginal laxity, as well as mild urinary incontinence. Additionally, this treatment has the potential to improve patients’ sexual health. After as little as one treatment, many patients experience an improvement in their symptoms.
Which Types of Patients Are Turning to the Mona Lisa Touch?
The Mona Lisa Touch can help patients who suffer from pain with intercourse, sexual dysfunction, vaginal dryness, vaginal burning, itching, a lack of laxity or urinary incontinence. This procedure has the potential to help patients, with these conditions, improve their quality of life and achieve much-needed relief.
As women get older, their estrogen levels decline and this hormonal decrease has the potential to lead to adverse vaginal changes. Hormonal changes like childbirth, perimenopause, and menopause all have the potential to cause vaginal changes.
We offer a variety of treatment options, but when regular hormone therapy isn’t effective enough, many patients turn to alternative therapies like the Mona Lisa Touch.
What Occurs During the Mona Lisa Procedure?
A laser stimulates the vaginal wall tissue which generates a healing response in the vaginal canal. The procedure is relatively painless, minimally invasive and typically takes less than 5 minutes to perform. Some patients with vaginal dryness or atrophy have reported mild discomfort when the laser tip is inserted.
Most patients experience minimal downtime and side effects. The procedure is performed within the comfort of the office and anesthesia is unnecessary. A small metal wand, similar to an ultrasound wand, is inserted in the vagina and is turned to target different areas of the vaginal tissue.
Watch this video for a visual representation of what happens during the Mona Lisa Touch Procedure…
How Does This Treatment Work?
The Mona Lisa Touch delivers laser energy to the damaged vaginal tissues. This laser stimulates the production of collagen in order to stimulate a healing response to restore proper trophic balance and improve sexual functionality.
A typical treatment plan occurs over a course of 18 weeks. However, many patients report an improvement in their symptoms after the first one to three treatments.
How Long Does the Treatment Last?
The Mona Lisa Touch procedure provides long-lasting results. A yearly treatment is suggested to maintain symptom relief. Many patients choose to do this quickly and conveniently during their annual checkups.
Is This Laser Treatment Done for Cosmetic Reasons?
While the Mona Lisa Touch laser is an effective way to offer relief from vaginal dryness and other symptoms related to low estrogen levels, it was not created to act as cosmetic “vaginal rejuvenation.” The Mona Lisa Touch is considered an elective medical procedure that often has cosmetic benefits.
The Mona Lisa Touch is not just another vaginal rejuvenation treatment because it was designed for medical, rather than aesthetic, purposes.
“This procedure is not meant to tighten the vagina or give it a more ‘youthful appearance,’” said Susann Clifford, MD, an obstetrician/gynecologist, “But by restoring vaginal health, and reducing pain and discomfort of vaginal dryness, a natural by-product can be improved intimacy and relations.”
A small sector of the aesthetic procedure market has been consistently growing over the past few years with treatment options focused on vaginal rejuvenation. From minimally invasive therapies that improve muscle tightness/tone to surgical procedures like Labiaplasty or Vaginoplasty, the interest in vaginal elective procedures has grown.
However, elective vaginal procedures aren’t always cosmetic. For patients who are breast cancer survivors or menopausal, they may notice a change in their vaginal or sexual health. These concerns can severely impact a patient’s quality of life, luckily Dr. Gregory Davis of Mangrove Women’s Health offers a new innovative treatment option to restore vaginal health – the MonaLisa Touch.
“There are many CO2 lasers being used for cosmetic reasons, but they were not designed for specific use on the vaginal skin and tissue,” says Dr. Melissa Huggins, MD, of The University of Kansas Health System, “The concept for the MonaLisa Touch laser was designed specifically for the vaginal tissue.”
Elective Procedures Up Since the Pandemic
The interest in elective procedures, like cosmetic surgery, has consistently been on the rise since the beginning of the pandemic. It seems that many people are experiencing a crisis with their physical appearances. With many plastic surgeons and dermatologists closing at the beginning of the pandemic, the beauty industry was temporarily sidelined and is back stronger than ever.
This is in part because many people have been forced to confront their unfiltered reflections during quarantine. Therefore, forcing many people to confront things they’ve long since ignored because they don’t have nearly as many distractions.
At the end of the day, people want to look and feel good about themselves. Spending more time with yourself can highlight what you want to change, internally and externally.
“There’s a direct link between what we see in the mirror and how we feel,” according to board-certified plastic surgeon Haideh Hirmand.
With image and esteem so intertwined, and reflections becoming more integral to the modern way of life… elective procedures suddenly seem more essential than ever. Many people are exhausted from all of the stress the pandemic has caused and they are craving a sense of normalcy.
Many people are “allocating funds and time to self-care and prioritizing things that they may have put on the backburner,” Hirmand says. Considering life can change in an instant, the pandemic patient is decisive, he adds, “They either book something or not — they don’t take days or weeks to decide.”
Additionally, according to Jessica Weiser, a board-certified dermatologist, “No one has ever really looked at themselves in this way, for this long or this frequently, and I think that’s driving a lot of the demand.”
Those who’ve managed to maintain a steady income may also be finding themselves with more additional funds than usual.
“I think a lot of people realize that [for months] they didn’t shop, they didn’t vacation, they didn’t go to dinners with friends,” Weiser adds, “And when they think of all the money they saved, there’s a little less guilt associated with spending a couple thousand dollars [on elective procedures] — it just feels more attainable right now.”
Particularly, when you think of it as a worthy self-investment, because investing in ourselves is a way to regain a touch of control during an uncontrollable time.
Where Can I Turn if I’m Ready for Relief?
At Mangrove Women’s Health, Dr. Gregory Davis offers specialized gynecological services including the Mona Lisa Touch and many more.
If you’re interested in benefiting from our services, then please contact us today at (530) 345-0064, Ext 281 to find out more or to schedule your appointment. We’ll customize a plan to help you improve your symptoms and achieve long-lasting relief.