Can I take a bath or go to a pool after the Mona Lisa treatment?
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In my office I combine internal and external laser therapy with the MonaLisa Touch laser. Patients are instructed to avoid a bath or shower for 24 hours after treatment with the MonaLisa Touch laser (thus no pools or hot tubs), and to avoid extremely hot water once you resume bathing until the vulvar sensitivity has diminished.Cleansing with a gentle, hypoallergenic soap or saline is also suggested once bathing can be resumed. I would suggest waiting even longer for pools and hot tubs until the vulva is no longer sensitive as the chemicals can cause further irritation.
Bathing and Pool time.
My recommendations are: Bathing in PLAIN WARM water after the MonaLisa treatment is fine 24 hours after the treatment. While pools with high chlorine / salt content should be avoided until the vaginal skin irritation and itching resolve. Again please consult your physician about their office policy.
Taking a bath after MonaLisa Procedure
I suggest waiting 24 hours (1 day) before taking a bath. I also suggest you avoid using very hot water until the healing is complete. Congrats on starting your MonaLisa treatments. My patients are having great results!
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Always check with your doctor who performed the procedure. Generally bathing with mild soap can be done 24 hours later, and private pool swimming in a few days after the irritation is gone. Good luck, all of my patients have had positive results!
Bath and pool after the MonaLisa treatment
After each treatment, you must wait 48 hours prior to taking a bath or getting into the pool. However, if you have an external treatment (which most of us do at the same time), then it is best to wait a week to let that fragile skin heal.
Good question and probably lots of opinions. Since my treatment protocol involves introital (opening skin) and vulvar/labial cauterization, I think some slight change in recommendations are necessary. Before this I would not have limited you other than no sex for 2 days, but now it is necessary to take into account the skin injury and reaction (swelling etc.) which is usually minimal. If it is minimal, do as you wish. If swollen and weeping then wait 4-5days (unusual). Personal bath tub not a problem, nor your shower. Public, more of a concern.
Bathing and swimming after Mona Lisa or FemiLift a few days later
I recommend 3 days of "pelvic rest" after FemiLift or Mona Lisa primarily for comfort and theoretically to reduce the chance of infection or irritation from whatever may be lurking in the water supply.
Monalisa Touch treatment
As an experienced MonaLisa Touch provider, I have come to provide dual treatment for each session, treating both internally and externally. Most women complain after successful internal treatment that the most uncomfortable part of intercourse after menopause is the "entry." If you are receiving only internal treatment, I would say swimming or bathing can be resumed the following day. If receiving both, bathing can resume the following day, but would refrain from swimming in a pool, lake, or ocean after any mild vulvar irritation resolves, which is typically only a few days. Best of luck on your journey in resolving your symptoms of vaginal atrophy. Warmly, Jennifer Murphy, M.D.
Swimming after Laser Vaginal Treatments
There is minimal downtime following laser vaginal resurfacing with MLT, FemiLift, etc. Since the vaginal walls have been intentionally ablated it is common to have a watery, pinkish discharge after each treatment for 2-4 days. You should also refrain from intercourse or place anything in the vagina (tampons) for 4 nights. You will want to avoid swimming in a public pool due to the discharge, but you can certainly take a bath the same day of your procedure.
Enjoy your results,
Oscar A. Aguirre, MD
Aguirre Specialty Care - Pelvic Surgery & Intimate Aesthetics®
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