MonaLisa Touch: What Is The Recovery Like?

Is it required to book any time off work? What should one expect after the procedure?

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Recovery from a MLT procedure

MLT offers a two part treatment consisting of a vaginal treatment as well as a external treatment.  Most patients are doing only the vaginal portion of the treatment for symptoms of vaginal dryness and pain with intercourse.  The recovery with this part of the treatment is very straightforward and most patients experience no symptoms except for possible light pinkish discharge and a bit of discomfort around the vaginal opening from the laser probe insertion. 
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.

Naperville OB/GYN
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MonaLisa Touch Recovery

There's no downtime with MonaLisa Touch Treatments. Since there's no anesthesia involved, you don't need to anticipate taking any time off of work. Your consultation and treatment can likely be booked during the same visit and will take about 20 minutes total. The procedure itself takes only seconds! 

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

The Mona Lisa Touch requires no downtime. You could even get a treatment over lunch and return to work, since it is a painless, anesthesia-free procedure. The only restriction is to refrain from intercourse for 48 hours. Feel confident that if vaginal dryness is a symptom you suffer because of menopause or breast cancer treatment, the Mona Lisa Touch is simple treatment that could be penciled into your busy day. Warm Regards, Jennifer Murphy, MD

MonaLisa Touch - You Can Have It Done Over Your Lunch Break

You should not have to book any time off of work. In fact, this procedure is so quick that you could actually have it done over your lunch break. Patients can resume normal activity immediately after procedure, however they should refrain from sexual activity for 2-3 days. The procedure is virtually painless and requires no anesthesia. Some patients may experience mild discomfort as the probe gets closer to the vaginal orifice, but it is not painful. Most patients experience an improvement in vaginal lubrication even after the first treatment, however the procedure usually requires 3 treatments over a 12-week period for optimal results. An annual maintenance treatment is also recommended. I hope this helps.

Shelena Lalji, MD
Sugar Land OB/GYN
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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 MonaLisa Touch is a simple, fast in-office procedure. There is no pain associated with the treatment. Some patients may experience mild discomfort on their first treatment when the device is placed into the vagina due to the patients' atrophy and dryness.

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!

Down time

MonaLisa touch is simple and safe 
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.
Thank you 
Dr Kafali

Sue Onispir-Kafali, MD
Chicago OB/GYN
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Mona Lisa Touch

Mona Lisa Touch has no down time. We recommend 48 hours of no sex, but that is more as a simple precaution. The procedure is simple, quick and painless. No anesthesia, no oral medications needed.
takes 5 minutes. We have done now well over 100 cases with no complications 

Peter D. Weiss, MD
Beverly Hills OB/GYN

Recovery from Laser Vaginal Tightening

FemiLift and MLT are the two currently available CO2 lasers for nonsurgical vaginal use. The energy settings are lower than those used for laser treatments of the face. Treatment takes 10 minutes on average. The recovery is painless and sex can be resumed in a few days. My patients have reported no discomfort following these procedures and are quite pleased with the results.

Non-surgical Vaginal Tightening Recovery using lasers

There is not need to take days off from work with the new non-surgical lasers such as Fotona's IntimaLase, Alma's FemiLift, and Cynosure's MonaLisa Touch.  The procedures are fairly comfortable with the use of vaginal probes that are inserted into the vagina that then guides the lasers to their mucosal surface.  The treatment depth of the lasers is superficial and so the treatments are fairly comfortable with  minimal stinging sensation.  No anesthesia is typically needed and these can be done in the office setting.  I am told by knowledgeable experts that there is a little bit of discharge for a day or two though the companies tell you there is none.  It is probably very very little and not significant.  One surgeon told me he recommends that the couple may resume sexual intercourse in about a week because very little effects is noted immediately after treatments and that it takes weeks to months for increased moisture to arrive.  Same with tightening effects the laser companies are not officially allowed to say.  So in short, you need not book any time off works.  

If you choose to have radio frequency treatments instead of lasers, there is zero downtime, no discharge, immediate tightening effects, and improvement in vaginal moisture and less bladder leaks that are seen within a week.  Radio frequency treatments are less expensive and less invasive and will be available in the US and Europe starting May 2015.

Hope this helps.

Red Alinsod, MD

Red Alinsod, MD
Laguna Beach OB/GYN
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