Even with the passage of time, many women still retain their youthful energy and enthusiasm, but post-menopausal changes can affect a women's quality of life in unexpected ways. Now, there is a gentle laser therapy that can help millions of women who are silently suffering.
What is the MonaLisa Touch®?
The MonaLisa Touch® is a gentle laser therapy that delivers controlled energy to the vaginal wall tissue. It restores vaginal health by generating new collagen, elastin and vascularization. The MonaLisa Touch® was first available outside the US where thousands of patients have been treated worldwide.
How does it work?
The MonaLisa Touch® uses gentle laser energy that is delivered via a side-firing probe inserted into the vaginal canal. A two-part pulse targets surface (epithelial) tissue and deep (lamina propria) tissue to promote vaginal mucosal revitalization.
What clinical trials have been conducted on the MonaLisa Touch®?
A multi-site study was conducted by Dr. Mickey Karram, Director of Fellowship Program on Female pelvic medicine & Reconstructive Surgery at The Christ Hospital, Cincinnati, OH and Dr. Eric Sokol, Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Stanford university Medical Center.
The trial assessed the use of CO2 fractional laser therapy on 30 women with vaginal health issues due to natural or induced menopause. All of the patients in the trial were treated with the MonaLisa Touch® laser therapy. Results were:
*Overwhelmingly positive and immediate results
* Highly statistically significant improvement in symptoms after first treatment
* Escalation of progress with each subsequent treatment
Women in the study either experienced natural menopause or induced menopause as the result of hysterectomy or drug-induced suppression of ovarian function (chemotherapy, radiations, and anticancer drugs such as Tamoxifen).
A study was done by Dr. Stefano Salvatore, Department of obstetrics and Gynecology, Vita-Salute San Raffaele university to assess the feasibility of fractional CO2 laser in the treatment of 50 women suffering changes in their gynecologic health.
*42 patients (84%) showed significant improvement in their physical and mental quality of life scores over baseline and
were satisfied with the treatment.
In addition to the multi-site study, there are currently 8 published studies and at least 6 ongoing studies as of May, 2016.
Where can I have this done?
The MonaLisa Touch® is an in-office procedure performed by our clinicians in our office. We are the only office in the north central and north western Arkansas with the machine ready to use at this time.
Does the procedure hurt?
The procedure requires no anesthesia. Some patients may experience some discomfort the first time the probe is inserted, but the actual treatment is not painful. many patients report that it feels like a gentle vibration.
How long does it take?
Patients receive three treatments, spaced six weeks apart, which each take less than five minutes to perform.
When will I see results?
Most patients feel improvement after the very first treatment, although the procedure calls for three treatments that are generally spaced over an 13-week period.
How long does it last?
Patients should expect to come back annually for a maintenance treatment. Your doctor will determine with you if follow up treatments are required.
What are my limitations after the procedure is done?
Patients should refrain from sexual activity for 2-3 days. Your doctor will determine a post-procedure regimen that is right for you.
For which patients is the treatment appropriate?
The MonaLisa Touch® is appropriate for any female suffering from issues from a decline in estrogen, as well as those who are experiencing symptoms as a result of a hysterectomy or breast cancer treatment.
How much will the procedure cost?
Patients should contact our office to schedule their consultation to discuss the treatment and financial information. The consultation fee is typically billable to your insurance with just co-pay/co-insurance and deductible due from the patient. The actual laser treatment is $500.00 per treatment and is not billable to your insurance company, therefore is due by the patient.
Is this procedure safe for women with breast cancer?
Yes, the MonaLisa Touch® therapy is particularly well suited for patients who cannot, or prefer not to receive estrogen therapy.
Will the procedure be covered by insurance?
No processing code has been established. Therefore insurance is not covering the procedure at this time.
MonaLisa Touch® is a life-changing procedure for women's vaginal health. It is a new laser therapy that will help women that suffer from:
MonaLisa Touch® is a new procedure which addresses these problems without hormones or surgery. This laser therapy allows us to restore the collagen, elastin and vascularization, therefore improving problems such as vaginal dryness, itching, burning or painful urination. Additional benefits include improvement in bladder control and external irritation along with enhanced intimacy.
It is okay to talk about it!™ This therapy helps restore your youthful energy and enthusiasm.
The Center for Women
628 Hospital Drive, Ste. 2A
Mountain Home, AR 72653
(870) 425-4431 (fax)
MonaLisa Touch® is FDA approved to improve vaginal health at the cellular level. In less than 5 minutes, the laser gently emits energy to stimulate collagen production resulting in healthier vaginal tissue.
* Quick, in office procedure
* Anesthesia free
* Pain free
* Non-hormone therapy
* No downtime
* Rapid, lasting results
Schedule your consultation today with one of the providers at The Center for Women to see if MonaLisa Touch® is right for you.