What is the MonaLisa Touch® procedure?
The MonaLisa Touch® procedure is a minimally-invasive treatment involving a special CO2 laser. This procedure helps the inner lining of the vagina heal and return the vaginal tissue to a healthier state.
The MonaLisa Touch® procedure is for patients who are experiencing vaginal and vulvar atrophy. This condition can sometimes occur after menopause or for other reasons. MonaLisa Touch® Laser Therapy is a non-hormonal treatment for atrophy, which can cause painful intercourse, vaginal dryness and decreased urinary tract health (which can cause recurrent urinary tract infection, or even just recurrent frequent or painful urination).
How does the procedure work?
The procedure takes less than ten minutes and can be done in your doctor’s office. So far there have been no reported adverse effects. The most is that some patients report slight discomfort for a day or two after the first treatment. Your doctor may recommend that you refrain from sexual activity for seven days. The procedure itself is not painful. You won’t take anesthesia and you won’t need downtime or pain medication afterwards.
A small probe is inserted into the vagina, and the laser is painless. The laser stimulates collagen in the layers of the vaginal wall to improve health in the vaginal tissue.
How long does the treatment take & how much does it cost?
You will begin with three treatments over 12-18 weeks, one every four to six weeks. After that, your doctor may suggest a booster treatment every 12 to 18 months. Not all patients will require this booster. The treatment series is $1,500 and is not covered by insurance.
Many patients report relief of symptoms after the first treatment, although most report feeling even greater improvement after the second treatment. If you are currently taking hormone treatment for vaginal or vulvar atrophy, this treatment will completely replace that medication.
The following physicians will offer this treatment starting Jan. 1, 2018:
Download or print the MonaLisa® fact sheet.