These symptoms affect around 50% of women in their lives. The most common cause is a decline in oestrogen, which is essential for maintaining the health and function of the vaginal and urinary systems. This happens naturally pre-menopause and increasingly so post-menopause. This natural decline in oestrogen will often exacerbate damage that may have occurred as a result of pregnancy, childbirth or other factors.
Whilst most menopause symptoms like hot flashes will pass in time, vaginal atrophy does not usually resolve and can worsen over the years, causing a consequent decline in comfort, intimate activities and quality of life. It is important for women to realise that these symptoms are very common and now very easily treatable.
MonaLisa Touch is suitable for nearly all women presenting with vaginal atrophy symptoms, including those:
In peri-menopause, menopause and post-menopause;
With symptoms secondary to cancer medication or surgery, who are unable to use hormone-based treatments;
Who haven’t responded to topical oestrogen HRT or find the application unpleasant; and
With lost elasticity (laxity), mild prolapse or light bladder leakage following child-birth or other conditions.
VAGINAL REJUVENATION RESULTS?
The MonaLisa Touch treatment essentially restores your vagina (internal and external) to its younger, elastic and healthy functioning state. It also strengthens tissue that supports the bladder to reduce incontinence symptoms.
Nearly all our patients have reported a noticeable improvement in their symptoms. Women have reported:
Much better lubrication
Stronger tissue with a significant reduction in pain (or no pain) during intercourse
A decreased vaginal burning and itching sensation
Better urinary control and reduced stress incontinence
Less vaginal and bladder infections
Vaginal tightening and better elasticity
Increased sensation and orgasm
Increased libido and confidence
The following clinical data shows average improvement in the main symptoms of vaginal atrophy and urinary incontinence after 3 MonaLisa Touch sessions. Incremental results are achieved with additional treatments and some patients may require more than 3 sessions.
* Study carried out at the Department of Gynaecology of the San Raffeale Hospital, Milan, on patients with symptoms of uro-genital atrophy: courtesy of S.Salvatore, M.D.
Find out for yourself what patients say about MonaLisa Touch treatments:
MonaLisa Touch works by stimulating the body’s regenerative processes to create more hydrated and healthy cells and to improve the blood supply within the vaginal walls. This has a direct effect on the integrity and elasticity of the vaginal tissue and increases the acidity of the vagina to more normal levels. By restoring a healthy and youthful vaginal environment, many symptoms of vaginal atrophy (or aging) simply disappear.
The equipment is uniquely designed to direct thousands of tiny beams (or DOTs) of energy and heat directly into the surface layer of the vaginal wall using a slim, smooth hand-piece that can be gently inserted inside the vaginal canal. This delivery of heat into the epithelium naturally triggers the regenerative processes of the vaginal surface and connective tissue, by stimulating the activity of specialised cells that create elastin and collagen – the building blocks of all healthy tissue (see image below).
Because of the fractionated nature of the laser, each treatment affects only a small portion (6%) of the vaginal epithelium. Whilst patients often notice an improvement in symptoms after their 1st session, it is important to continue with 3 (or more) treatments to get long-lasting improvement in vaginal atrophy symptoms. For “The Science” click here
YOUR MONA LISA TOUCH EXPERIENCE?
You will meet with our physician to discuss your symptoms and concerns. Our physician may examine you to ensure that you are suitable for the MonaLisa Touch treatment. We require you to have a normal and up-to-date pap smear result and no other contraindications to treatment. If deemed suitable, you may proceed with your first treatment immediately after the consultation. There is no advance preparation required.
If we observe any unusual conditions or contraindications, we will address these prior to treatment and, in some instances, may refer you to a specialist gyneacologist for assessment.
The actual MonaLisa Touch treatment is quick and simple, the whole process taking no more than 15 minutes.
Your vagina will be dried and a smooth, sterile probe gently inserted into the vaginal canal. Whilst the laser is operating there is a mild vibrating sensation, but no pain. The first treatment can be a little uncomfortable, but subsequent treatments have been very easy for our patients as lubrication has improved and they know what to expect. You will be supported by our physician and nurses during your procedure to ensure you are comfortable and receive the highest standards of patient care and satisfaction.
Academy Laser Clinics have female and male practitioners available at most clinics to perform your treatment. All practitioners operating the laser are experienced in women’s health issues and have received appropriate, specialised training in the MonaLisa Touch intra-vaginal laser system.
There are no side effects and patients can return to their normal daily activities immediately following each MonaLisa Touch treatment. We recommend no intercourse or strenuous activity for 5 days.
The following video shows how the MonaLisa Touch treatment is performed
HOW LONG WILL MONA LISA TOUCH RESULTS LAST?
The results of the Mona Lisa Touch are generally very good, but the extent of improvement varies between individual patients. Many patients experience an improvement after a single MonaLisa Touch treatment, however, a course of three treatments one month apart is recommended. Patients with severe vaginal atrophy symptoms may require 4 or 5 treatments for optimal results. This will be assessed and discussed during your consultation.
Some patients report improvement within days, but the effects are more noticeable after a few weeks with the remodelling of collagen in the vaginal mucosa and continue progressively for 6 months. Relief from symptoms tends to last between 12-18 months. As ageing continues, patients may require a single treatment every one to two years to maintain the beneficial results. MonaLisa Touch can be safely used in conjunction with Hormone Therapy.
HOW MUCH DOES MONA LISA TOUCH COST?
Your Initial doctor consultation fee is $130 and this is very important to ensure MonaLisa Touch is the right procedure for your symptoms. Procedural fees with Academy Laser Clinics are as follows:
A$850 for individual treatments
A$2,400 when prepaid for the recommended three-treatment package (4 weeks apart)
A$550 for annual top-up (within 12 months of completed package with us)
A$350 for external laser add-on whilst having internal treatment
External Laser (to strengthen vulva tissue):
A$650 for individual treatments
A$1,650 when prepaid for the recommended three-treatment package (4 weeks apart)
Academy Laser Clinics provides a 10% discount to patients whose symptoms are secondary to a preventative cancer treatment (such as bilateral-oophorectomy) or due to any cancer-related surgery, therapy or medications.
Medicare or private health insurance does not currently cover the MonaLisa Touch treatment.
Although MonaLisa Touch is a safe procedure with minimal to no side effects, there are a small group of patients who may have to delay the timing of their treatment or for whom treatment may not be medically suitable, such as:
Abnormal pap smear results;
Any current infection or skin condition needs to resolve;
Unusual lesions may require a specialist clearance;
Recent cancer-related or prolapse therapy or surgery
Each patient must have a consultation to determine their suitability prior to undergoing treatment.
OTHER TREATMENT OPTIONS?
There are other treatments you may wish to try for vaginal atrophy, depending upon the degree to which you suffer symptoms, ranging from simple lubricants through to oestrogen replacement (HRT). For more information, please review our patient information page at
Where these other treatment options are not effective or they are considered inconvenient or undesirable, the MonaLisa Touch offers a quick, effective and longer-term resolution of vaginal atrophy symptoms.