The MonaLisa Touch from High Tech Laser is a fractional CO2 soLution for restoring vaginaL tissue and relieving the symptoms of vaginal atrophy.

It’s been the question that’s plagued visitors to the Louvre for centuries – what’s the reason for the Mona Lisa’s smile? There have been films, songs and books written around the slight, mysterious, upturning of the lips – why does she have that secret smirk?

Now, with the latest innovation from Deka and High Tech Laser, we just might have the answer. The MonaLisa Touch is a fractional CO2 Dot Therapy Laser for restoring and regenerating vaginal tissue. It is a non-surgical innovation mainly developed to treat symptoms often related to vaginal atrophy – a condition that can result in poor lubrication, itchiness and burning, dryness, incontinence, vaginal laxity and pain during intercourse.

“Mona Lisa Touch is the clever and novel application of an advanced CO2 laser to the vaginal tissue. Considering what CO2 lasers have been demonstrated to do in skin rejuvenation, scarring and anti-ageing, the concept is very appealing for women of all ages,” explains Perth plastic surgeon Dr Anh Nguyen.

The Mona Lisa Touch comes as a welcome solution to millions of women suffering from vaginal atrophy around the globe. As Dr Nguyen explains, the conditions affect women of different ages and stages of life.

“Vaginal atrophy affects about 50 per cent of women during their lifetime (some studies quote 40-70 per cent),” Dr Nguyen explains. “My two typical types of patients are peri- or post-menopausal women with symptoms of vaginal atrophy (dryness, painful intercourse, urgency and or urge incontinence) and women who’ve had kids and find they’re lax and don’t enjoy intercourse. These women may also have stress incontinence and fear certain activities due to the possibility of an accident.”

The MonaLisa Touch treatment

The treatment itself is non- hormonal, non-surgical, requires no anaesthesia and can be performed in less than five minutes. A series of treatments spaced one month apart is recommended to achieve the best results. “For treating symptoms of more significant vaginal atrophy, a course of 3-5 treatments is recommended depending on the severity of the condition. For vaginal tightening and rejuvenation, 1-3 treatments may suffice,” Dr Nguyen explains. “The results may vary for each patient but generally the improvement lasts around 12 to 18 months, at which time a touch up treatment may be required.”

Why patients are happy with the MonaLisa Touch: There aren’t many options for patients hoping to alleviate the symptoms of vaginal atrophy. MonaLisa Touch harnesses fractionated CO2 laser, combined with a unique laser-pulse technology, to deliver unprecedented results in vaginal rejuvenation. “Other options for vaginal atrophy require patient compliance to achieve a positive effect and, for many women, the idea of applying pessaries and intravaginal oestrogen creams on a frequent basis is not appealing,” Dr Nguyen explains. “The MonaLisa Touch is a simple, quick, painless, hassle-free alternative. It can also be used in women who are not candidates for hormonal treatments – such as the many women suffering from breast cancer.”

Why practitioners are happy with the MonaLisa Touch: MonaLisa Touch represents a unique approach to vaginal restoration backed by documented results – both empirical published research and the extensive clinical experience of the Australian practitioners who have performed over 4000 treatments to date. The treatment is ideal for patients in the age-groups who are traditionally seeking laser and advanced rejuvenation treatments. For this reason, the MonaLisa Touch is a device that can be incorporated into virtually any practice.

“It has made my practice more complete in that I can offer women of all age groups and stages of life something that may help them regain their confidence,” Dr Nyugen says. “I have had to invest in marketing the MonaLisa Touch to let the public know about this treatment and what it can do. But there is a huge demand for treatments that can help women with vaginal atrophy – a very common problem amongst women – and those patients seeking out the treatment vary from young women to mums, through to mature women going through or having been through menopause.”

Cosmetic surgery clinics and medispas are often a sanctuary for women to let down their guards and reveal their greatest insecurities and aesthetic concerns. The same atmosphere that breeds confidence and comfort is the perfect hub for a MonaLisa Touch system. “Many of my patients tell me about their most intimate concerns and, in many cases, I can now offer them a solution to a problem that they may have previously been reluctant to discuss with medical practitioners,” Dr Nguyen says.

Because of the significant increase in life expectancy, vaginal atrophy is more common today than it was when Leonardo da Vinci painted the cheeky portrait in the 1500s – and it’s certainly more talked about. Sexual health is more pertinent in the public eye than ever before. It is fast gaining traction in society’s consciousness as more and more women seek treatment to alleviate the symptoms associated with vaginal atrophy and improve their day-to-day quality of life.

“In the first 200 women we treated, 99% have noticed an overall improvement in symptoms and would recommend it to their friends,” Dr Nguyen explains. “Some have had spectacular results reporting they no longer need to wear their incontinence pads and can now socialise, exercise and enjoy life. Others are not troubled by urinary frequency and urgency anymore, so they can plan longer trips and sleep through the night. Many women have come back letting us know they have had intercourse for the first time in years and are enjoying it. More than this, several partners have reported the benefits the treatment has had on their wives’ confidence, which has had a huge positive effect on their relationship in general.” AMP

MonaLisa Touch for Menopause

During menopause, the mucosa becomes thinner and presents a particular condition where it is the fibrocytes that are metabolically quiescent, as opposed to fibroblasts. This means the mucosa is unable to produce hyaluronic acid and other molecules necessary for an adequate glycoprotein ground matrix. This can result in a dry mucosa, with low water content in the connective tissue, meaning it is less nourished and therefore more fragile, and the pH of the vagina become less acidic and prone to infection.

The MonaLisa Touch probe uses a specifically modified pulse shape of fractional CO2 laser energy, suited to the vaginal mucosa. The specific emission characteristics of the vaginal probe mean the energy load can be transferred directly to the mucosa, thereby preventing excessive localised thermal damage.

Treatment with fractionated CO2 laser helps recover pre- menopausal metabolic activity by synthesising the production of collagen, hyaluronic acid, glycosaminoglycans and proteoglycans. This results in a hydrated and turgid mucosa, which then functions as healthy, younger tissue.

Statistics on vaginal atrophy

  • On a global scale, almost 60 per cent of breast cancer survivors suffer from vaginal atrophy as a result of chemotherapy.
  • 1 in 2 post-menopausal women suffer from vaginal atrophy around three to four years after menopause. Unlike other symptoms of menopause that may pass, vaginal atrophy symptoms generally gets worse with time.
  • 5 out of 10 Australian women will suffer from incontinence at some point in their life.
  • Nationwide, women suffering from this condition are nearly four times more likely to experience sexual function disorders.
  • Across Australia alone, over 4,000 MonaLisa Touch treatments have been performed with little or no discomfort, with most patients returning to work and normal activity immediately.

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