Thank you for your question.Yes, the MonaLisa Touch uses a non-invasive laser to promote vaginal rejuvenation. The laser stimulates the production of collagen, restoring the proper balance to the mucous membrane and improving the functionality. This procedure is performed in the office and does not require any anesthesia, although a topical anesthetic can be used to prevent any type of discomfort.
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MonaLisa Touch: A Non-Invasive Procedure?
MonaLisa Touch (MLT) is a non-invasive laser treatment of the vagina to revitalize the tissues that have been estrogen depleted over time. This loss of hormone support results in vaginal atrophy or thinning of the epithelial lining and causes drying, cracking and shrinking of the tissues. MLT creates normal levels of collagen, elastin and secretory cells restoring the vaginal lining to its premenopausal condition. The treatments use a probe that is very similar to a vaginal ultrasound. They are painless and quick. Patients are able to resume normal activities immediately with the stipulation that they not insert anything into the vaginal for 48 hours.
MonaLisa Touch is non-invasive
The MonaLisa Touch procedure is considered non-invasive. It's typically done in office with no anesthesia. Occasionally, we have a patient present with severe atrophy in which case we use a topical anesthetic to alleviate any discomfort.
The procedure as a whole takes less than 5 minutes in office and there's absolutely no downtime so you can schedule your appointment on your lunch break.
Yes, Mona Lisa is a non-invasive procedure
The past 2 years have seen the emergence of non-surgical, non-invasive technologies aimed at improving gyncologic conditions previously treated with surgery or medications. The first wave of FDA approved devices are the fractional lasers (FemiLift, MonaLisa), and radiofrequency devices (ThermiVa, Protege Intima). While invasive varieties of these technologies have existed for decades, these new variations are completely noninvasive.
The Mona Lisa Touch is not considered an invasive procedure. It is an office procedure that takes less than 5 minutes, pain-free, anesthesia-free. These three treatments have long lasting effects and target vaginal dryness, painful intercourse, and vaginal burning from menopause or cancer treatments. Please see the link for detailed information.
MonaLisaTouch invasive or non-invasive?
Since invasive usually implies inserting an instrument through the body's protecting layers of skin or mucosa with a penetrating tip or incision, the answer is no. The vaginal canal is a cavity lined and this is not penetrated by a surgical invading instrument. The fractional laser dots are 200 microns deep with first time treatment and 650 microns in the second and third. This is not painful and would be if invasive methods were used. That being said, it is important that the patient understand this definition of "INVASIVE" since she may see it otherwise.