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The MonaLisa Touch® is a gentle, non-invasive treatment that helps women who have experienced changes in their gynecologic health resulting from menopause or other factors, particularly therapies for breast cancer, causing a decline in estrogen levels.
MonaLisa Vaginal Laser: Who Is It For and How Can It Help?
UCLA urologist Chad Z. Baxter, MD, presented a live-streaming webinar to discuss MonaLisa Touch, a non-invasive procedure for women seeking treatment for vaginal dryness and pain, which are conditions often associated with menopause. View Webinar >
Issues of gynecologic health are commonly seen in post-menopausal women, breast cancer survivors and women who have had a hysterectomy, impacting a woman’s quality of life in unexpected ways.
You are not alone. According to a recent United States census, as many as half of the nearly 64 million post-menopausal women will suffer from changes to vaginal health as a result of decreasing estrogen levels. Breast cancer survivors account for another 2.8 million women that suffer from changes in their gynecological health as a result of their cancer treatment, per the National Institutes of Health. These women can experience vaginal dryness, vaginal discomfort and sensitivity, thinning skin tissue in the vaginal wall, pain during sexual intercourse and urinary problems including incontinence.
The innovative MonaLisa Touch® vaginal laser therapy can help women suffering from these conditions.
With decreased estrogen, the normal bacteria that prevent urinary tract infections do not thrive and are instead replaced by bacteria that, while safe within the vagina, can cause recurrent urinary tract infections when they enter the urinary tract. These women may also benefit from vaginal laser therapy.
The MonaLisa Touch® laser system is a painless, in-office treatment for vaginal regeneration and restoration of vaginal function, using the same fractional carbon dioxide laser that has been used for years by plastic surgeons and dermatologists to revitalize skin in the face and neck.
The MonaLisa Touch® vaginal laser system is used to reduce symptoms of vaginal dryness, burning sensation, irritation and itching, as well as pain during sex in women with vaginal atrophy and low levels of natural estrogen. Vaginal atrophy often occurs after menopause when a woman’s estrogen levels decrease, leading to the thinning and sensitization of the vaginal wall tissue and loss of beneficial (probiotic) bacteria with the rise of pathogenic bacteria.
MonaLisa Touch® delivers gentle laser energy to the vaginal wall tissue that stimulates a healing response by generating new collagen, elastin and youthful blood supply. The laser probe is inserted into the vagina and pulses of low-level energy are directed at the tissue of the vaginal wall. The virtually painless procedure takes only 5-10 minutes and a typical course of treatment is 3 sessions over the course of 12 weeks. Dr. Chad Baxter, MD, Assistant Professor of Urology and board-certified sub-specialist in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, will recommend the best treatment plan specifically for your situation.
For many women improvement can often be felt after the first treatment with the MonaLisa Touch® system, but optimal results are not achieved in most patients until after the full three treatments. Other benefits to this innovative laser procedure include:
UCLA Urology has been consistently ranked in the top 4 in the nation in the U.S. News & World Report annual survey, and that is the result of our commitment to providing outstanding and personalized clinical care.
UCLA Urology’s division of Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery is internationally renown and a destination for women with all varieties of voiding dysfunction, pelvic organ prolapse, and complications from prior urogynecology surgeries and procedures. Whether simple or complex, the UCLA Urology division of Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery has unparalleled experience in improving the quality of women’s urogynecologic health.
Dr. Chad Baxter, MD, is the first and only physician within UCLA to offer MonaLisa Touch® vaginal laser therapy. Dr. Baxter is pleased to offer vaginal laser therapy to the many women suffering from vaginal symptoms as a result of low estrogen. While many women with post-menopausal vaginal dryness, vaginal irritation, and pain with intercourse will respond to estrogen therapy, many women do not wish to, or cannot safely, consume or use estrogen products.
Dr. Baxter’s research seeks to determine whether laser vaginal therapy can reduce the rate of recurrent urinary tract infections in women after menopause by changing vaginal pH and flora, and whether vaginal laser therapy will be beneficial in restoring normal vaginal tissue following the removal of vaginal mesh for pelvic organ prolapse.
To find out more about the MonaLisa Touch® vaginal laser therapy treatment in Los Angeles and Santa Monica, or to schedule an appointment at UCLA, please call UCLA Urology at (310) 451-8751.
For additional information about MonaLisa Touch®, visit http://www.smilemonalisa.com/