Thanks to noninvasive laser treatments for vaginal rejuvenation, gone are the days when women quietly resigned themselves to the symptoms of menopause — like vaginal dryness and painful sex. Cynthia Chao, DO, MPH, NCMP, firmly believes that sexual health is essential to a woman’s overall wellness, which is why she offers the MonaLisa Touch® to her patients in Long Beach, California. To learn more about this innovative procedure, call or book an appointment online.
MonaLisa Touch is an FDA-approved laser therapy designed to combat the effects of vaginal atrophy, such as vaginal dryness and painful sex. It works by stimulating collagen production in the walls of your vagina. Just as collagen keeps your outer skin firm and elastic, it also supplies the same benefits to the tissue on the inside of your body, such as your vaginal walls.
Vaginal atrophy, which is primarily caused by a drop in estrogen, is characterized by thinning, drying, and inflamed vaginal walls. Symptoms of vaginal atrophy include:
Vaginal atrophy is associated mainly with menopause, which is when women wind down their reproductive stage, and their bodies stop producing estrogen. Indeed, symptoms may start to appear during perimenopause, the period just before menopause.
In premenopausal women, hypoestrogenic states include the postpartum period, lactation, hypothalamic amenorrhea, and during administration of anti estrogenic drugs.
Women who are breastfeeding (which naturally lowers estrogen) or who experience abrupt menopause due to a hysterectomy or cancer treatments, may also experience vaginal atrophy.
The MonaLisa Touch treatment is noninvasive and very fast. During the 5-minute procedure, Dr. Chao inserts a probe into your vagina to deliver laser energy directly into the vaginal walls. The laser energy acts to remove old, dry skin and signals your body to produce collagen to replace the old skin with healthier cells.
The laser energy itself isn’t painful, producing only a mild sensation. There’s no downtime after the procedure, and you may resume your normal activities right away.
For maximum results, Dr. Chao recommends three short treatments spaced six weeks apart. These procedures are spaced apart to allow time for the collagen in your body to go to work creating new cells. The first treatment starts the process, and the following two provide a boost to achieve maximum results.
Just because your reproductive years have come to an end, it doesn’t mean that your sex life has to as well. Call Dr. Chao or book an appointment online to learn more.