MonaLisa Touch® Treatment in Los Angeles Area
Everything you need to know about our non-invasive laser therapy for vaginal atrophy and minor urinary incontinence
Do you experience vaginal dryness, itching, burning, and painful intercourse?
First, you should know you’re not alone and it’s nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, vaginal atrophy happens to a lot more women than you might think.
Although not commonly talked about, the U.S. census estimates that of the nearly 50 million women in America who are currently undergoing menopause or are post-menopausal, as many as half may suffer from changes in vaginal health due to lower estrogen levels. Another 2.8 million breast cancer survivors experience negative side effects of their chemotherapy treatment, according to the National Institutes of Health, resulting in vaginal atrophy which leads to thinning vaginal wall tissue, pain during sex, vaginal dryness and discomfort, as well as urinary incontinence.
According to the NIH:
Lifestyle modifications can be helpful but are usually insufficient to significantly improve symptoms. Non-hormonal vaginal therapies may provide additional relief by increasing vaginal moisture and fluid.
This is where the MonaLisa Touch® can help.
Dr. J. Antonio Alarcon and his team at Alarcon Urology Center offer state-of-the-art vaginal laser treatment in Montebello, CA and the greater Los Angeles area. Using the proven MonaLisa Touch procedure, we can quickly and easily reduce or eliminate the symptoms of vaginal atrophy and dryness, such as:
- Urinary incontinence
- Painful sexual intercourse
- Vaginal burning or itching
- Chronic vaginal infections
- Vaginal laxity issues
These uncomfortable health problems can be caused by a variety of gynecological issues such as menopause, having a hysterectomy, surviving breast cancer or other factors.
11 Common Questions About the MonaLisa Touch®
MonaLisa Touch is a non-invasive medical laser treatment that delivers controlled energy to the vaginal tissue. This treatment stimulates the cells in the vaginal mucosa (vaginal tissue) without surgery or hormones so that they start producing more collagen, an essential ingredient in vaginal cell health.
When a woman’s estrogen levels decline due to age, cancer treatment or other health factors, atrophy causes the normal healthy bacteria in the vagina to diminish, paving way for pathogenic bacteria to take its place and resulting in the thinning of vaginal wall tissue.
Laser therapy helps restore genital mucosa and stimulates the body’s natural healing response by boosting collagen, elastin, and new blood cells. During three 5-minute treatments spaced six weeks apart (18 weeks total), a small probe is inserted into the patient’s vagina and pulses a virtually painless low-level laser into the vaginal wall.
Two laser pulses target different levels of tissue to generate both surface (epithelial) and deep (lamina propria) vaginal rejuvenation. Gentle laser beams pass through tissue, creating openings in the vaginal layer that trigger an increase in healing collagen sent to the affected area. This helps increase blood flow, restores natural lubrication, and reverses the effects of vaginal atrophy.
This treatment is an outpatient procedure that can be performed in our relaxing and comfortable Montebello clinic.
Many women report feeling a reduction of vaginal atrophy symptoms immediately following the first treatment. Even greater improvements are reported after the second and third treatments. Other reasons to consider the MonaLisa Touch therapy treatment include:
- Quick and easy in-office procedure (5-minute treatments)
- Non-invasive, no anesthesia required
- Virtually painless
- Non-hormonal, drug-free solution
- Immediate relief
Normally, there’s no pain or discomfort during this procedure, just a light vibration sensation. No anesthesia or painkillers are required.
Yes. It is FDA-approved and very similar to the fractional carbon dioxide laser that has long been used by plastic surgeons and dermatologists to rejuvenate their patients’ face and neck skin. In addition, this state-of-the-art procedure has appeared in over 18 published clinical studies and is embraced by hundreds of experts in women’s health as well as academic institutions.
Most health insurance companies consider the MonaLisa Touch procedure an “elective” treatment, so unfortunately it’s not generally covered by insurance. You’ll have to contact your insurance company to find out for sure if it’s covered under your individual policy.
The MonaLisa Touch is specifically designed to help women experiencing vaginal dryness, discomfort and pain, as well as any woman who has undergone hormonally or surgically induced menopause. This laser therapy is ideally suited for women who are searching for a non-invasive treatment over other surgical or pharmaceutical options.
Generally speaking, this procedure is intended to help any woman suffering from vaginal atrophy or dryness caused by:
- Cancer treatment
- Eating disorder (anorexia)
Talk to your doctor to determine if this treatment is right for you.
There are virtually no complications that occur with this procedure. Some women report minor side effects such as slight redness, swelling, or slight discomfort. However, these side effects are rare, temporary, and usually disappear in one or two days. Most patients say the best side effect is being able to return to their normal sex life and eliminating discomfort from vaginal atrophy and dryness once and for all.
The final cost for MonaLisa Touch treatment varies based on a number of factors, including where you live, which doctor you choose, and what percentage (if any) your insurance company agrees to cover. On average, the cost of three treatments can range anywhere from $1,800 – $3,000.
The Alarcon Urology Center advises patients to return annually for a yearly maintenance treatment in order to prolong the results.
Since the MonaLisa Touch is an outpatient non-invasive procedure, there’s no downtime whatsoever. Patients who undergo this treatment can typically return to normal activities right after treatment; however, most doctors recommend abstaining from sexual activity and lubricants for up to three days. Dr. Alarcon will prescribe a post-procedure recovery plan that’s best for you.
To learn more about the innovative MonaLisa Touch® vaginal laser therapy treatment in Los Angeles, contact us today to schedule an appointment at the Alarcon Urology Center.
Visit www.smilemonalisa.com for further information about how it works.