Frequently Asked Questions
Even as time passes, a lot of women are able to keep their youthful energy and vigor. However, all these may change when a woman reaches the post-menopausal stage. The estrogen levels fall and there may be some notable changes in the vagina like skin thinning, dryness, itchiness, strong odor, painful intercourse, and even bladder changes.
Needless to say, there would be unexpected changes in the quality of her life. Fortunately, there is a gentle laser therapy available now that can help countless women who are suffering in silence.
What is the MonaLisa Touch?
The MonaLisa Touch is a remarkably gentle laser therapy that brings controlled energy to the wall tissue of the vagina. The purpose of this innovative approach is to restore gynecological health by regenerating collagen, elastin, and vascularization. The MonaLisa Touch was initially available outside the US, treating over 15,000 patients around the world.
How does it work?
Using gentle laser energy delivered straight to the vaginal tissues, the MonaLisa Touch creates small pulses that also encourage a change in the deeper tissue. A side-firing probe is inserted deep into the vaginal canal. The two-part pulse created targets both the deep (lamina propria) tissue as well as the surface (epthelial) tissue to ensure the promotion of vaginal mucosal revitalization. The result is an amazing change of the vaginal tissue not unlike to how it used to be before menopause.
What clinical trials have been conducted on the MonaLisa Touch?
Dr. Mickey Karram, who is the Director of Fellowship Program on Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery at The Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, OH and Dr. Eric Sokol, Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Stanford University Medical Center conducted a multistudy on the MonaLisa Touch.
The trial had assessed how the use of CO3 fractional laser therapy affects 30 women suffering from gynecological health issues because of natural or induced menopause. The trial showed that all of the patients treated with the MonaLisa Touch manifested these results:
- Positive and immediate results
- Highly statistically significant reported improvement in systems right after the first treatment
- Continuous and escalated progress with every subsequent treatment
Women in the trial were naturally menopausal or experiencing induced menopausal resulting from hysterectomy or drug-induced suppression of ovarian function due to chemotherapy, anticancer drugs like Tamoxifen, and radiations.
A study was also done by Dr. Stefano Salvatore, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Vita-Salute San Raffaele University, assessing the feasibility of fractional CO2 laser in treating 50 women suffering gynecological health changes.
42 of the patients (84%) showed significant improvement both in their physical and mental quality of life scores over baseline. They were also satisfied with the treatment given as their gynecologic symptoms were improved significantly.
Where can I have this done?
Dr. Fay Weisberg of FemRenew is one of the first physicians in Canada to provide this life-altering procedure for women. Schedule an appointment with her today!
Does the procedure hurt?
Because the procedure does not require the administration of anesthesia, some patients may experience a little discomfort when the probe is inserted for the first time. However, the treatment itself is not painful! What patients usually report is how it feels like a gentle vibration.
How long does it take?
The laser procedure itself takes no more than five minutes to complete. Patients get three treatments that are scheduled six weeks apart.
When will I see results?
Most patients immediately notice an improvement after the first treatment, although the procedure is composed of three treatments. After the third (and final) treatment, you will definitely see complete vaginal restoration.
How long does it last?
Patients may have to come back annually for maintenance treatment. *
(*Dr. Fay Weisberg will let you know if a follow-up treatment is required in your case.)
What are my limitations after the procedure is done?
Patients are asked to refrain from any sexual activity for at 2-3 days. Dr. Fay Weisberg will also determine the most suitable post-procedure regimen for you.
For which patients is this treatment appropriate?
The MonaLisa Touch is appropriate for any woman who has gone through menopause. Those who are experiencing post-menopausal symptoms due to hysterectomy or breast cancer treatments will also benefit from this treatment.
How much will the procedure cost?
You can always contact us to learn about the financial information on this procedure performed by Dr. Fay Weisberg.
Is this procedure safe for women with breast cancer?
Yes, the MonaLisa Touch therapy is suitable for patients who cannot, or will not receive estrogen therapy.
Will the procedure be covered by insurance?
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