Female health conditions, such as vaginal atrophy, have been surrounded by silence even though nearly 40% of women suffer from the illness. Dr Sean Burnet from Specialist Clinics of Australia in Sydney often sees patients with this condition. “The lack of awareness by both patients and even some doctors has left many women suffering in silence,” says Dr Burnet.
What is MonaLisa Touch laser?
Vaginal atrophy and other vaginal conditions can be treated with the MonaLisa Touch procedure. The system uses a fractional laser, which is based on the same idea as the laser used in facial rejuvenation treatments.
MonaLisa Touch works by optically splitting the laser beam into a series of very small dots that are aimed at the inside wall of the vagina. The laser then pulses for less than a tenth of a second. During the procedure, the intensity of the laser is carefully varied by a computer to match the characteristics of the existing vaginal wall.
MonaLisa Touch vaginal rejuvenation treatment
“MonaLisa Touch is practically a non-invasive vaginal rejuvenation treatment,” says Dr Burnet. He explains that it is designed to stimulate and regenerate the mucosa that lines the vaginal walls.
“The treatment invigorates the targeted skin in your vagina, resulting in healthy, elastic and rejuvenated tissue with minimal disruption to your daily routine,” says Dr Burnet.
How does MonaLisa Touch work?
In preparation for the procedure, women can expect to undergo a customary pelvic exam. If everything is fine, a doctor will proceed with the treatment.
Once activated, the laser dot removes a tiny bit of tissue, creating a pinhole with the diameter of a human hair. This stimulates the body to regenerate itself by creating new healthy tissue. This regeneration transpires not only at the site of the pinhole, but it also involves the skin immediately around it.
The laser is also designed to engage with the area between the tiny pinholes by heating it and stimulating activity of specialised cells that create elastin and collagen, both of which are building blocks of healthy tissue.
Who can benefit from MonaLisa Touch?
MonaLisa Touch was approved by the FDA in 2014 based on the clinical tests, which proved the treatment to be very beneficial in helping women deal with conditions, such as:
- Vaginal atrophy
- Breast cancer or strong family history of breast cancer, and experiencing atrophic vaginal symptoms,
- Painful postnatal perineal scarring,
Benefits of MonaLisa Touch Treatment
The treatment has a proven record of eliminating dryness, itching, burning and loss of mucosal elasticity. Stimulating the affected tissue has significant results in helping fighting and attenuating symptoms related to vaginal atrophy. Additionally, it promotes a proliferation of the cells and restores the vaginal wall strength and blood supply.
Like all conditions, this treatment is not suitable for all, and some women will respond to simple vaginal creams.