3343 NW Byron St Ste A
Silverdale, WA 98383
The MonaLisa Touch is for pre and post-menopausal females. It’s for women who are experiencing symptoms of vaginal atrophy, bladder urgency, mild stress incontinence, vulvar pain or vulvar dermits (lichen plants or lichen sclerosis).
Vaginal atrophy or vaginal aging affects 40% of menopausal and post-menopausal women. The walls of the vagina become thinner and the natural elasticity and blood supply is reduced. The protective mucosa of the vagina can lose hydration and thickness causing a loss of lubrication. The changes in the natural pH balance of the internal environment have detrimental effects on the function and health of the vagina.
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The symptoms of vaginal atrophy may or may not occur simultaneously and be felt as:
Vaginal dryness or itchiness
Burning sensations and irritation of the vagina
Fissuring of the opening of the vagina
Pain during sexual intercourse (Dyspareunia)
The symptoms of vagina atrophy can have both a physical and emotional impact on the patient, including affecting their intimate relationships.
In excess of 40% of menopausal and post-menopausal women are affected by vaginal atrophy will experience some of all of the symptoms listed above.
In addition, younger women who have used the pill for prolonged periods, breast-feeding mothers and women who experienced traumatic delivery and severe perineal repair and scarring may also experience these symptoms.
Around 60% of breast cancer sufferers can also be affected by vaginal atrophy and unfortunately Hormone Replacement Therapy is not suitable for almost all of these patients. Meaning there is no effective treatment for their symptoms.
Existing treatments involve making lifestyle changes to improve vulvar care and using therapeutic creams such as non-scented barrier cream or topical Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT-vaginal estrogen cream) if not contraindicated.
The effectiveness of these current treatments is highly dependent on the willingness of the patient to adhere to treatment protocols. In addition, the effects of existing treatments are short term in nature and he benefits are longer felt if the patient discontinues use.
In comparison, the Mona Lisa Touch procedure addresses a number of the issues causing vaginal atrophy, which means the effects of treatment are long lasting and will be felt independent of any actions performed by the patient.
The Mona Lisa Touch treatment is of particular benefit for patients with a pst history, or strong family history of breast cancer who may have previously be advised against using HRT and until now have had no effective treatment for their symptoms for vaginal atrophy.
The treatment is a new non-surgical in office 5 minute procedure that delivers a precise amounts of heat to the vaginal tissue. This precise heat allows for regeneration of the vaginal tissue, promoting proliferation of cells and restoration of the vaginal wall strength, PH and blood supply. It allows for regeneration of collagen this increasing thickness and elasticity.
The Mona Lisa Touch procedure offers significant advantages over current treatment options as it addresses the issues that cause vaginal atrophy rather than simply working on the symptoms. The Mona Lisa Touch creates longer lasting relief than current treatments and offers a new and effective option for patient groups who were previously not suitable for existing treatments.
For further information concerning how the Mona Lisa Touch provides treatment for bladder urgency, mild stress incontinence, vulvar pain or vulvar dermits (lichen planus or lichen sclerosis), Please call to make an appointment.
The Mona Lisa Touch Laser system has been FDA cleared as safe to use. It is a CO2 Fractional laser that has been cleared for gynecological and surgical use, however, the Mona Lisa Touch Co2 Laser has not been specifically FDA approved for treatment of genitourinary syndrome of menopause (vulvovaginal atrophy) or painful intercourse. Therapy using the Mona Lisa Touch laser has been documented as an appropriate and efficacious treatment for vaginal symptoms due to menopause in the medical literature. There has been numerous amount of studies on how this device has improved the symptoms genitourinary syndrome of menopause. This is an "off-label" use of a device which has been used in a medical setting in thousands of women. Doctors often use medications and devices beyond the original FDA approval when supported by the medical literature. A good example of this is birth control pills which are often prescribed for treatment for treatment of heavy or painful periods even though birth control pills have never been FDA approved for this purpose.