Did you know as many as 50% of postmenopausal women suffer from changes in their gynecologic health? Whether menopause as a result of natural hormone decline caused by aging, or early onset menopause due to chemotherapy or hormone therapy as part of a cancer diagnosis, the lingering symptoms can be quite similar—from night sweats, hot flashes, problems sleeping, decreased libido…to vaginal dryness, vaginal itching, urinary incontinence, and painful intercourse.
Based on Dr. Hunsicker’s work with breast reconstruction patients, she understands how the side effects of breast cancer treatment can linger for years after the cancer is gone. And as a woman, she understands the unpleasant surprises that come along with the natural aging process, and how difficult it can be to discuss and admit vulnerabilities when it comes to intimate issues. Dr. Hunsicker is grateful to be able to offer the MonaLisa Touch procedure that is changing her patients’ lives. Finally, it’s OK to talk about the unpleasantness of vaginal atrophy and the gynecological changes you might be experiencing after menopause, because now you can do something to treat the problem, not just the symptoms.
The MonaLisa Touch is one of the most innovative treatments for regenerating vaginal tissue—it restores pliability, moisture, and function to patients who previously thought their only option was hormone-based lubricants or “putting up” with their circumstances. By using fractional CO2 laser energy, this unique treatment restores vitality to the vaginal walls and labial skin. Laser energy has been used for years by plastic surgeons to revitalize the face and neck by stimulating a healing response and promoting new cell growth. It’s the first treatment of its kind to apply this same technology to the tissue of the vaginal mucosa: increasing lubrication, improving pliability and elasticity, decreasing pain, and thickening the skin’s surface.
MonaLisa Touch is quick and painless. As a non-surgical treatment, it requires no anesthesia because there is very minimal to no discomfort—patients usually describe it as a gentle vibration. During the procedure, a probe is inserted which allows fractional CO2 laser energy to be delivered in a 360° treatment field. As the energy enters the tissue, it stimulates your body’s natural healing response, generating new collagen, elastin, and vascularization. Each treatment takes less than 5 minutes to complete, and patients can resume most of their daily activities immediately after the procedure.
A typical course of treatment includes three in-office procedures over 18 weeks, although some patients notice results within weeks after the first treatment. Lasting results are best achieved through a single “maintenance” treatment about once a year.
With no residual pain or side effects, patients are free to resume their day as soon as they leave the office. It is recommended that patients abstain from sexual activities for two to seven days after treatment.
MonaLisa Touch is initially performed in a series of three treatments, spaced six weeks apart—with some women feeling results in as little as a few weeks after their first treatment. Full benefit will usually be experienced six weeks after the third treatment, although in some cases additional treatments are needed. Annual treatments are typically recommended to maintain full results of the initial series.
Thousands of women have been treated safely worldwide since 2012. The MonaLisa Touch treatment uses fractional CO2 technology that has been used effectively for decades, and this procedure offers women an option to treat vaginal dryness without the potential side-effects of synthetic topical hormones and lubricants.
The MonaLisa Touch is currently not covered by managed care as no processing code has been established.
Women considering vaginal rejuvenation often feel more comfortable discussing their goals with a female physician. Dr. Lisa Hunsicker knows that it takes courage to pursue change. She believes that women should not have to just accept the changes that occur to their bodies, especially if it decreases their confidence or negatively impacts their relationships. As a board-certified female plastic surgeon in Denver, Dr. Lisa Hunsicker can work with you to develop a personalized plan to address vaginal atrophy with the non-surgical MonaLisa Touch laser treatment.