Dr. Jose L. Goncalves
Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pelvic and Reconstructive Surgery
Call Us: 1-250-492-4015
The MonaLisa Touch Treatment
MonaLisa Touch offers a nonsurgical approach to deliver long-lasting relief that is typically felt immediately after the treatment. This simple and non-invasive in-office procedure requires no more than 10 minutes per treatment and has little to no discomfort. Patients have seen overwhelming positive and immediate results.
The laser works by stimulating collagen production in the interlining of the vagina - improving the health and pliability of the vaginal mucosa. It’s a specialized CO2 fractional laser that’s specifically designed to treat atrophic or thin sensitive vaginal wall. The laser has unique characteristics of penetrating light or laser energy deep into the layers of the vaginal wall in such a way that it stimulates collagen and returns the vaginal tissue to a state that was present prior to the changes induced by menopause or other conditions.
Three 5 minute treatments at 6 week intervals
No anesthesia and no pain
Annual follow up treatment once a year
PAINLESS THERAPY FOR COMMON MENOPAUSAL SYMPTOMS
Vaginal dryness is a common symptom of vaginal atrophy (thinning of the wall of the vagina that occurs during menopause in women.) Prior to menopause, the vaginal lining appears plump, bright red, and moist. As estrogen levels decline, the lining of the vagina becomes thinner, more dry, change in color, and lower elasticity.
The skin around your vagina is more sensitive and more likely to itch following the hormonal changes that occur during menopause. This can make you prone to scratching, which then makes your skin more likely to itch, and so on. This is called an itch/scratch cycle which can become difficult to break, and can cause much distress.
During and after menopause, decreased levels of estrogen hormone can cause the tissues of the vulva and the lining of the vagina to become thinner, drier, and less elastic (flexible.) Vaginal secretions are reduced, resulting in decreased lubrication. Reduced levels of estrogen also result in an increase in vaginal pH, which makes the vagina less acidic, just as it was before puberty. The combination of these factors often lead to vaginal burning and discomfort in the majority of women.
During and after the process of menopause, levels of the female hormone estrogen drop significantly. Estrogen is responsible for controlling your monthly periods and body changes during pregnancy. Additionally, estrogen helps keep the bladder and the urethra (the tube that carries urine out of the body) healthy. The lack of estrogen may also cause the pelvic muscles responsible for bladder control to weaken, resulting in urinary incontinence
PAIN WITH INTERCOURSE
Between 25 and 45 percent of postmenopausal women find sex painful. Painful intercourse is a condition called dyspareunia. While there are many causes, the most common reason for painful intercourse in women over 50 is vulvovaginal atrophy (vulva and vagina that no longer have the beneficial effects from estrogen that they did prior to menopause.) Lower estrogen levels significantly affect your vagina, impacting its ability to secrete lubricant, to expand and contract and to grow new cells. Over time, blood flow diminishes, and the vagina and vulva can atrophy, or shrink as cells die off and aren't replaced. As a result, women experience soreness, burning after sex, pain during intercourse and, sometimes, post-sex bleeding.
“This laser is nothing short of miraculous! I had begun to just accept that things were changing and not necessarily for the better. The treatment has given me a new sense of confidence and a shot of youth!
— Jennifer R.
A LIFE-CHANGING PROCEDURE
When a procedure has been described by patients as “life-changing,” then it’s okay to talk about it. With a large portion of post-menopausal women, women treated for breast cancer or induced-menopause are experiencing changes in vaginal health, MonaLisa Touch offers a nonsurgical approach to deliver long-lasting relief that is typically felt immediately after the treatment. This simple and non-invasive in-office procedure requires no more than 10 minutes per treatment and has little to no discomfort. Patients have seen overwhelming positive and immediate results.
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