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PATIENT INFORMATION

Mona Lisa Pre and Post Treatment Instructions

Internal Treatment

for vaginal atrophy or genitourinary syndrome of menopause:

Pre-Treatment

  • Shower or bathe the morning of treatment, so that the area to be treated is clean. 

  • Area must be clean and dry without any traces of creams, lotions, or other substances that may interact with the laser.

  • Clip or trim long pubic hair as advised by Dr. Goncalves.

  • Anesthetic gel/cream (if used-not necessary for internal treatment) must be removed before treatment. 

  • Understand and sign a Consent to Treat Form.

Post-Treatment

  • Schedule follow-up visits as recommended by Dr. Goncalves.

  • Refrain from vaginal sexual activity for 48 hours after treatment.

  • Most patients  resume normal activity as tolerated immediately after the procedure.

External Treatment

for vulvar atrophy or genitourinary syndrome of menopause, lichen sclerosis,

obstetrical scarring, or perineal splitting:

Pre-Treatment

  • Shower or bathe the morning of treatment, so that the area to be treated is clean. 

  • Clip or trim long pubic hair.

  • Understand and sign a Consent to Treat Form.

Post-Treatment

  • Immediately Post Treatment apply cold compresses or cold gel packs to the treated area for 20 minutes.

  • You will have occlusive ointment applied before you leave the office.

  • Schedule follow-up visits

Patient 24 hours Post Treatment Instructions

  • Skin may feel sensitive, may be red and swollen, and treated area may be itchy.

  • Use cold compresses or cold gel packs (20 minutes on; then 20 minutes off) as needed for swelling and discomfort

  • Gently cleanse the area 2-3 times a day with cool sterile saline or a mild, hypoallergenic cleanser such as Dove soap.

  • Do not use hot water as the treated area may feel like a sunburn--lukewarm water is best. 

  • Re-apply occlusive ointment (Vaseline) after each wash and voiding and continue to use until skin is healed. 

  • Avoid lifting heavy weights or doing intense physical exercise for 3-4 days following the treatment.

  • Refrain from sexual intercourse for a week after the treatment.

  • Wear loose, cotton underwear.

  • Avoid wearing panty hose and tight-fitting pants.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Goncalves,

Penticton Obstetrician and Gynecologist.