Dr. DeNoble is excited to offer the new technology of MonaLisa Touch, a painless vaginal laser procedure performed in the office to treat symptoms of vulvovaginal atrophy including dryness, itching, burning, pain during intercourse, and mild urinary symptoms such as painful urination, frequency, and urgency.
The MonaLisa Touch is an FDA-approved minimally invasive CO2 laser treatment for women experiencing symptoms of vaginal atrophy. The treatment is beneficial for both pre and postmenopausal women to promote the restoration of collagen and improve vaginal health.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Even with the passage of time, many women still retain their youthful energy and enthusiasm, but post-menopausal changes can affect a woman's quality of life in unexpected ways. Hormone replacement therapy may not be the best option for a lot of patients, as treatment outcomes can be uncertain and hormones may not be appropriate for patients with history of breast cancer or other cancers. Now there is an alternative therapy for vaginal revitalization that can help millions of women who are silently suffering and unable to undergo other treatment options.
What is Vaginal Atrophy?
Vaginal atrophy is thinning, drying, and inflammation of the vaginal walls due to a reduction in estrogen. This decrease in estrogen is commonly seen in post-menopausal women, breast cancer survivors, and women who have had a hysterectomy. Symptoms include: vaginal dryness, itching, burning, urinary frequency and/or urgency, vaginal laxity, and pain during intercourse.
What is the MonaLisa Touch?
MonaLisa Touch is a medical laser that delivers controlled energy to the vaginal tissue to revitalize the cells in the vaginal mucosa (vaginal tissue) so that these cells make more collagen, an essential ingredient in vaginal cell health. The CO2 laser energy is delivered via a probe inserted into the vaginal canal.
Where can I have this done?
The MonaLisa Touch is an in-office procedure performed by physicians who treat symptoms of Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause (GSM).
Does the procedure hurt?
The procedure is virtually painless and requires no anesthesia. Some patients may experience some discomfort the first time the probe is inserted, but the actual treatment is not painful. Many patients report that it feels like a gentle vibration.
How long does it take?
Patients receive three treatments, spaced six weeks apart, which each take less than five minutes to perform.
When will I see results?
Most patients feel improvement after the very first treatment, although the procedure calls for three treatments that are generally spaced over an 18-week period.
How long does it last?
Patients should expect to come back annually for a maintenance treatment. MonaLisa Touch was first available outside the US where more than 5,000 patients have been treated worldwide with up to an 18-month follow-up.
What are my limitations after the procedure is done?
Patients should refrain from sexual activity for 2-3 days. Your doctor will determine a post-procedure regimen that is right for you.
What clinical trials have been conducted on the MonaLisa Touch?
A multisite study was conducted by Dr. Mickey Karram, Director of Fellowship Program on Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery at The Christ Hospital, Cincinnati, OH and Dr. Eric Sokol, Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Stanford University Medical Center. Preliminary findings from a trial evaluating the laser treatment on postmenopausal women* and breast cancer survivors experiencing vaginal health issues show positive results.
*Women in the study either experienced natural menopause or induced menopause as the result of hysterectomy or drug-induced suppression of ovarian function (chemotherapy, radiations, anticancer drugs such as Tamoxifen)
Is this procedure safe for women with breast cancer?
Yes, MonaLisa Touch treatment is particularly well suited for patients who cannot, or prefer not to receive estrogen therapy.
Vaginal Dryness: Treating vaginal atrophy of menopause, laxity, and urinary incontinence in North Jersey.
Symptoms improvement (%) after 3 MonaLisa Touch® Treatments
*Courtesy of Prof. S.Salvatore – Hospital San Raffaele, Milan (Italy)
"Vaginal atrophy is a very common condition, especially among women in menopause (either natural or induced) or during post-partum. The vulvovaginal region is very sensitive to estrogen decline, with a series of consequences that impact directly on the quality of a woman’s life: weakness and laxity of the vaginal mucosa, dryness, itching and burning, pain during sexual intercourse (dyspareunia).
"MonaLisa Touch ® is the only procedure proven not only by clinical results but also by detailed ultrastructural and histological studies. Scientific publications of the results demonstrate the effective tissue regeneration achieved thanks to the unique combination of the wavelength of the CO2 laser, the structure of the D-Pulse and adequate emission power." - Mona Lisa Touch
Symptoms Improvement (%) 2 Months after 1 MonaLisa Touch® Treatments
*Courtesy Dr. M. Filippini – Head of Endoscopic Gynecology Dept. of State Hospital – San Marino Republic.
"With MonaLisa Touch ® comes a method, with a unique concept, for restoring the trophic conditions of the vulvovaginal region.
"During menopause, the mucosa presents a particular condition with metabolically quiescent fibrocytes as opposed to fibroblasts, unable to actively produce collagen, hyaluronic acid and other molecules needed for an adequate glycoprotein ground matrix. This can result in dry mucosa because it is dehydrated and less well nourished meaning it is fragile and more prone to infections." - Mona Lisa Touch