MonaLisa Touch: All Your Questions Answered


About half of all women develop vaginal atrophy after menopause, a problem that has a significant impact on their overall health and the quality of their sex life. Our team has a safe, effective, and long-lasting solution to vaginal symptoms and painful intercourse — laser treatment with the innovative MonaLisa Touch®.

Effect of low estrogen

Most women are ready for hot flashes, night sweats, and mood swings when estrogen levels decline at menopause. The same problems also occur when estrogen drops for any reason, whether the problem is temporary following childbirth or permanent because your ovaries were surgically removed.

Loss of estrogen does a lot more than cause hot flashes, however, because it regulates many biochemical processes in your body.

Estrogen helps maintain healthy bones, skin, and gums. It also promotes elasticity in your blood vessels. That’s why your skin becomes dehydrated, and your risk of cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and gum disease increases after menopause.

You can develop another problem when estrogen declines — vaginal atrophy.

Health problems treated with the MonaLisa Touch

The MonaLisa Touch safely and effectively treats vaginal atrophy. When your ovaries stop producing estrogen, vaginal walls become thin, dehydrated, and less elastic. These changes also make vaginal tissues susceptible to inflammation.

Vaginal atrophy causes symptoms such as:

  • Vaginal dryness
  • Painful intercourse
  • Vaginal burning
  • Genital itching
  • Pain or burning during urination
  • Urinary incontinence

You don’t have to put up with the ongoing symptoms of vaginal atrophy, because the MonaLisa Touch restores vaginal tissues back to their normal healthy state. It also helps alleviate mild urinary incontinence.

Treatment with the MonaLisa Touch can improve vaginal laxity as it tightens and tones the vaginal lining. This condition, also called vaginal looseness, develops when the lining stretches during vaginal delivery and when tissues weaken due to age-related changes.

Cutting-edge technology defines the MonaLisa Touch

The MonaLisa Touch is a fractional CO2 laser that was specially developed to treat vaginal atrophy, vaginal laxity, and mild urinary incontinence. Here are two examples that illustrate why its cutting-edge technology is so successful:

Fractional laser

Most lasers emit a single laser beam, but the MonaLisa Touch is a fractional laser that takes a single beam and divides it into a bunch of tiny beams of light. As a result, it treats pinpoint areas of tissue while leaving untouched tissue between the microdots.

Why does this make a difference? Because you get enough laser therapy to rejuvenate tissues while treating only a small portion of the tissue promotes faster healing and recovery.

Pulse Shape Design (PSD®)

The MonaLisa Touch has an exclusive pulse shape design that was developed to provide optimal treatment of vaginal atrophy. It has the unique ability to penetrate to a precise tissue depth while controlling the amount of heat produced by the laser.

How the MonaLisa Touch works

Treatment with the MonaLisa Touch is delivered using a slender, round applicator that’s inserted into the vagina. When the system is activated, the applicator sends laser energy into the vaginal lining, warming tissues below the surface.

As cells are gently heated, reactions are triggered leading to the production of new blood vessels and three vital substances that normally decline after menopause: collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid.

Here’s how increasing the amount of these substances improves the health of vaginal tissues:

  • Collagen restores strength and tone
  • Elastin restores resilience or elasticity
  • Hyaluronic acid increases hydration

As these changes take place, vaginal tissues regain normal tone and texture. Your vaginal health is restored and symptoms of vaginal atrophy disappear.

What to expect during treatment with MonaLisa Touch

Women find that their treatment is comfortable and painless. They’re also amazed to learn that one session lasts a very short five minutes.

Afterward, you may develop slight redness or swelling that takes a few days to heal. We recommend avoiding sex until you heal; otherwise, you can get back to your daily routine when your treatment is finished.

Look forward to long-lasting results

It takes a few weeks for vaginal tissues to produce new collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid, so it takes time to achieve changes in your symptoms.

Although you may notice improvement after one session, the number of treatments you may need depends on the severity of your vaginal atrophy. Most women achieve optimal results with 1-3 treatments spaced 40-60 days apart.

After three treatments, results typically last up to one year. At that point, you can get once yearly treatments to maintain your results for the long run.

To learn more about MonaLisa Touch and whether it may be right for you, call the office or book a consultation online with the experienced team at Atmosphere Med Spa.