Vaginal atrophy is a very common condition, especially among menopausal or postpartum women, but it can also occur early on. The most common symptoms are vaginal dryness, laxity, burning, pain during sexual intercourse and mild urinary incontinence. To all this, however, there are remedies. Let’s discover the MonaLisa Touch™ treatment together.
What is MonaLisa Touch™ treatment?
MonaLisa Touch™ is an intra-vaginal treatment that improves the condition of the mucosa lining the walls of the vagina through minimally invasive laser-assisted procedures. MonaLisa Touch™ is not an aesthetic treatment, because the action of the laser restores the functionality of vaginal tissues that have been lost over time.
For which women is MonaLisa Touch™ laser treatment most suitable?
For any woman who wants to prevent or treat the effects of an oestrogen drop at the intimate level (during the menopause, or after childbirth, after cancer treatment or following eating disorders such as anorexia). The most common symptoms are vaginal dryness, laxity, burning, pain during sexual intercourse and mild urinary incontinence. MonaLisa Touch™ is the ideal treatment for those seeking an effective but less invasive procedure than traditional surgical or pharmacological techniques.
What kind of results can I expect?
Treated patients report a decrease in dryness, burning and itching immediately after the first treatment. Improved sensitivity during sexual intercourse is therefore a natural consequence. There is also a reduction in symptoms related to urinary incontinence (mild, stress incontinence).
Is it painful?
No, the treatment does not require any anaesthesia. The sensation felt is just a small vibration.
How many treatments are needed?
Treatment usually involves three applications about a month apart, but sometimes, depending on the pathology and clinical situation, a fourth treatment may be necessary.
After how long is it possible to resume sexual activity?
Three to four days of rest is usually recommended before resuming regular sexual activity. However, your doctor will be able to give you more specific instructions based on the outcome of the treatment.
Can MonaLisa Touch™ also treat a dilated vagina?
The generic term “wide vagina” (or dilated vagina) usually refers to a condition where the size of the diameter of the vaginal canal has increased. Often this is caused by natural but traumatic events such as childbirth or the relaxation of tissues due to the natural ageing process. In these cases, it is very important to assess the cause and the actual condition of the vaginal canal in order to rule out problems such as vaginal prolapse or muscular involvement. With the fractional CO2 laser, it is possible to treat those cases where the “wide-vagina” is due to a loss of mucosal tone.
Are there any risks?
No, MonaLisa Touch™ is a safe treatment that is performed on an outpatient or day hospital basis. Most women who have tried it report only transient side effects such as slight redness or swelling that usually resolve with a day or two of rest.
How does recovery take place?
Most women report slight local sensitivity following laser treatment and in the days immediately following the session. Many report returning to their normal routine one to three days later. During the healing process, you may be advised to refrain from lifting weights or to avoid particular activities such as hot baths and exercise: your doctor will give you more specific advice on what to do to speed up recovery.
How long do the effects of the treatment last?
The results are immediate, already after the first treatment, and are bound to improve over the following months. The regeneration process that is triggered lasts 40-60 days after which it is advisable to repeat the treatment.
Are there any contraindications?
There are no absolute exclusion criteria for the MonaLisa Touch™ other than those related to severe local and systemic pathologies. In principle, all women who suffer from intimate discomfort such as dryness, burning, itching or laxity can benefit from it, but your doctor will determine your compatibility with this treatment.