GAITHERSBURG, Md. (Ivanhoe Newswire) — The MonaLisa Touch procedure is a pain-free laser designed to eliminate the painful intercourse experienced by many menopausal women. It’s quick, there’s no need for anesthesia, and it’s making a huge difference in the lives of some patients.
Tobie Beckerman, M.D., an OB/GYN at Beckerman Women’s Health in Gaithersburg, Maryland, told Ivanhoe. “Every single patient that I have done has had a dramatically significant change in their symptoms. I just walk around smiling.” (Read Full Interview)
The MonaLisa Touch is a laser beam that creates a small thermal injury, triggering cell repairs. It’s noisy, but pain-free.
“You basically are taking very thin vaginal tissues and rejuvenating them to their status to where they were pre-menopausal,” explained Dr. Beckerman.
Karmalita Contee detailed, “Some of the symptoms that I had, dryness and even the burning, itching, all of those are systematic of the fact that you have the atrophy and if just a portion of that can be alleviated, I’m good.”
She’s also cautious and first attended a doctor-organized get-together to talk it out.
Dr. Beckerman said, “It makes it fun. When you have a wine and cheese, you’re gonna have a little coffee, you’re inviting people to the office and they come with their friends. We make it fun. We say we’re gonna talk about vaginas. It relaxes the whole issue.”
Some women just can’t tolerate hormone replacement therapy, like Brandi, just 38 when breast cancer after-effects caused early menopause.
Insurance doesn’t cover MonaLisa, although the laser is FDA approved, but for Contee, the cost is worth it.
“There are more years behind me than there are in front of me and I want to make sure the years in front of me are really exciting,” said Contee.
The MonaLisa costs on average $2400, takes three sessions and a booster session every 18 months. So far 30,000 women have been treated with it.
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MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS – RESEARCH SUMMARY
TOPIC: MonaLisa Touch
REPORT: MB #4236
BACKGROUND: Vaginal atrophy, also known as atrophic vaginitis, is a condition that is commonly experienced in menopausal women. The condition produces thinning, drying and inflammation of the vaginal walls due to the loss of estrogen in the body. In the United States, as many of 50 percent of 64 million post-menopausal women, and over 2.8 million breast cancer survivors suffer from changes to their gynecological health.
(Source: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/vaginal-atrophy/home/ovc-20200167 & http://www.cynosure.com/product/monalisa-touch/)
SYMPTOMS & TREATMENTS: Patients who suffer from vaginal atrophy can experience:
- Vaginal dryness, burning and discharge
- Genital itching
- Burning and urgency with urination
- Discomfort with intercourse
- Light bleeding after intercourse
- Decreased vaginal lubrication during sexual activity, and
- Shortening and tightening of the vaginal canal
Most of the time, doctors may recommend a treatment of estrogen. They will most likely start by recommending a vaginal moisturizer or a water-based lubricant. If they don’t work, doctors follow up by recommending a hormone therapy, which consists of tablets or creams that contain estrogen.
MONALISA TOUCH: MonaLisa Touch is an innovative laser that was created by the Italian company, DEKA, in order to help patients who suffer from vaginal atrophy. The laser transfers fractional CO2 energy to the vaginal wall tissue which results in more estrogen produced. The pain-free procedure is performed in an office environment without the need for anesthesia, and with no side effects. The procedure is a good alternative for those patients who want to avoid hormone replacement therapy. It takes three sessions and a booster session every 18 months for results to be seen. The MonaLisa Touch is FDA approved but not covered by insurance. At the moment the MonaLisa Touch laser treatment costs a few thousand dollars.
(Source: http://www.cynosure.com/product/monalisa-touch/ & Dr. Tobie Beckerman)
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Tobie Beckerman, MD
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