MonaLisa Touch: What Is The Recovery Like?
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Recovery after Mona Lisa Touch
The Mona Lisa Touch treatment is 5 minutes, relatively painless, and requires no preparation and no recovery time. Most patients leave the office feeling well and return to their regular life once leaving the office. Patients are asked to refrain from intercourse for 2 days following their treatment, and avoid rigorous exercise for 2 days also. Occassionally women may spot for a few days after their treatment, but most are just fine.
What to expect after your treatment with the Mona Lisa Touch Laser
Mona Lisa Touch Laser Therapy is performed in the office with local lidocaine cream only. It takes 30 minutes for the cream to soak in and 5 minutes to perform the treatment, which includes delivery of therapy inside and outside of the vaginal canal. Immediately afterwards, it can burn and feel irritated. Some women get relief with ibuprofen. Many women don't need anything. Ice for 10 minutes can help in the most symptomatic women. Within an hour, the burning subsides. Vaseline or Aquafore can be applied to protect the tissue for 24 hours. Occasionally, a woman will experience spotting for few hours after the procedure. All of the post treatment symptoms resolve within a few hours to a day of the treatment.
What is the recovery like after MonaLisa Touch (MLT)
Most women would say, "What recovery?".
Actually, after the vaginal treatments, there is almost no awareness that anything was done. If the treatment area is extended to the outside surfaces around the vaginal opening, there is usually a mild burning sensation that may last 48 hours.
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Recovery from a MLT procedure
The external treatment to the area around the vaginal opening and the vulvar tissues is done for a variety of reasons but most commonly if a woman is experiencing significant atrophy/ thinning of this area leading to symptoms such as itching, irritation and pain with intercourse as well. Treatment of this area requires a different laser attachment and the recovery is longer. A topical anesthetic cream is generally applied before doing the external treatment. After the treatment patients may experience a sunburn type of sensation, some swelling, and itching as the tissues heal. This can last for the first few days and should improve steadily. Application of cold compresses, an emollient type of ointment and oral benadryl are helpful. Sexual activity may resume after a week. It is important to remember that especially with the external treatment everyone heals differently and some may have minimal discomfort while others experience more discomfort.
MonaLisa Touch Recovery
After the procedure, some patients experience mild discomfort or itching but this should resolve itself within 1-2 days. Expect to refrain from intercourse for 48 hours post treatment. You can certainly drive yourself to and from your appointments and book them over lunch on your busiest of days.
No down time
MonaLisa Touch - You Can Have It Done Over Your Lunch Break
Minimal recovery time after MonaLisa Touch treatments
Patients experience a flutter or vibration feeling during the 5 minute MonaLisa Touch procedure. If I treat the inner labia or external areas then patients may feel a pinch similar to the discomfort with laser hair removal. They may experience some increased irritation for a few hours or even a day similar to the discomfort they have been experiencing with intercourse. Often, even after the first treatment on a lower energy setting, patients find relief from their vaginal dryness symptoms.
Patients are asked to avoid intercourse for 48 hours after the procedure but there are no other restrictions and they can drive themselves back and forth for the procedure.
MonaLisa Touch has no down time / recovery time and no time off of work
The treatment takes only a few minutes and is usually described as mild vibrations.
After the treatment, patients may return to their normal daily activity and return to work without any problems.
We do require that our patients refrain from strenuous exercise and sexual activity (nothing in or around the vagina) for 48 hours.
Many patients have reported that their first urination after the initial procedure "feels different". It is not a painful sensation, just that they notice the sensation.
Most of our patients are reporting improvement within 2 weeks (some in under a week).
Every one of our patients have been extremely satisfied!
it requires just 3 treatments of less then 5 minutes each
and it is done in the office requires no anesthesia no side affects and no down time
Just to be precocious we suggest our patients not to have intercourse for the following 2 days of the treatment.
Patients may start feeling the difference in 6-8 weeks even after the first treatment.