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Parveen S. Vahora, MD, FACOG - Trinity, FL

"For whoever is tempting considering the Mona Lisa Touch procedure, I would say, just do it!! I kept hearing about it and I was not sure I really needed it, I felt like my sex life was okay, so I thought. For my 40th birthday, I decided to do it and see if I could make it the best year yet. I cannot believe the difference it has made in my intimate life. I constantly am constantly “wet” and never need to use lubrications. I have had orgasms that I didn’t even know I could have! My partner is very ecstatic and it has brought us closer together as a couple. Best gift I could have ever given to myself, I would do it again in a heartbeat."

J. McCormick

As we age, every part of our bodies develops and changes. The vagina is no exception, and it is common for women to experience vaginal dryness, vaginal laxity, incontinence, or pain with sex at some point in their lives—in particular, after major life events such as childbirth and menopause. Thankfully, the cutting-edge technology of the MonaLisa Touch can help some women treat these symptoms and regain their sexual health and well-being.

The MonaLisa Touch uses a CO2 laser, much like facial laser treatments used in dermatology offices, to revitalize vaginal tissue and stimulate collagen growth. Dr. Vahora most commonly recommends it for post-menopausal or perimenopausal women. However, it can benefit a wide variety of people, including anyone who is experiencing vaginal itching, irritation, pain with intimacy, vaginal dryness, vaginal atrophy, incontinence, and prolapse. New moms and mothers who’ve been breastfeeding for a long time can benefit as well. Since it helps reduce dryness and pain during sex, it can improve couples’ overall sex life, and Dr. Vahora has seen patients report increased libido as well.

The treatment can be safely and effectively used for women who’ve had a hysterectomy, cancer, lichen sclerosis, those who can’t or don’t want to take estrogen, or those who are already on hormone therapy.

Common Questions about MonaLisa Touch®

What is the process for getting MonaLisa Touch treatment?

Patients start the process by coming in for a routine wellness check or for a consultation about a specific problem, and this initial appointment is typically covered by insurance. If you and Dr. Vahora decide the MonaLisa Touch is likely to help your symptoms or vaginal health, you’ll begin treatment. This will be a series of three in-office appointments scheduled one month apart from each other. Each appointment lasts approximately 15 to 20 minutes. The device will be placed in the vagina, and while most patients don’t need it, Dr. Vahora does offer numbing cream both before and after treatment.

Is MonaLisa Touch painful?

Some patients report slight discomfort during the MonaLisa Touch treatment, but there is no pain associated with the treatment. Most people say it simply feels like having a vibrator in the vagina.

What is the recovery after MonaLisa Touch treatment like?

MonaLisa Touch treatments are outpatient and are performed in Dr. Vahora’s office. There is no recovery time or time off work required. Dr. Vahora tells patients to avoid placing anything in the vagina for two days after treatment, but they can have sex as soon as two days after.

How soon will I notice results after MonaLisa Touch?

Most of Dr. Vahora’s patients see 20–80 percent improvement after their first treatment, and patients typically start to see results after 5 to 7 days. With each treatment, they’ll see more improvement, but the entire process needs to be completed in order to maximize the benefits. Occasional maintenance treatments are recommended to ensure lasting effects.

How many MonaLisa Touch treatments do you need?

A complete round of treatment consists of three 15- to 20-minute appointments, scheduled one month apart from each other. To make sure the benefits last over the long term, Dr. Vahora also recommends that patients come back for one maintenance, or touch-up, treatment per year.

Is MonaLisa Touch safe?

Yes, the MonaLisa Touch uses a low-level laser. The device has been cleared by the FDA for use in the body, although not specifically for use in the vagina. However, doctors often use treatments or medications for purposes that aren’t specifically FDA approved; one example of this is prescribing birth control pills to treat heavy periods. In addition, use of the MonaLisa Touch device to treat vaginal issues has been deemed appropriate in peer-reviewed medical literature. Studies have shown no negative side effects, and none of Dr. Vahora’s patients has seen any negative side effects from treatment.

The MonaLisa Touch device has been approved to treat vulvo-vaginal atrophy in Europe, where they have years of experience and a wealth of data to support its use for this purpose.

MonaLisa Touch is the only vaginal laser system supported by peer-reviewed journals. Some other devices mimic this treatment, and concerns have been raised about those. Of the 12 complaints the FDA has received since December, none were significant, and all were related to devices made by other companies, not the MonaLisa Touch.

Do I need to see a gynecologist for MonaLisa Touch?

While other types of offices might offer MonaLisa Touch, it is best to see a gynecologist for this type of treatment because they have specialized knowledge about the vagina. A trained gynecologist can evaluate the entirety of your health and medical concerns and will create a complete treatment plan that could include other treatments or medications that would give you the best possible results.

Is MonaLisa Touch covered by insurance?

At this time, the treatment is not covered by insurance. The charge for complete MonaLisa Touch treatment is $2,250 for three in-office treatments. Additional touch-up treatments cost $750 each. You can use FSA or HSA as payment because this is a medical procedure conducted in the doctor’s office.

"My girlfriend had the Mona Lisa you have procedure done and the results have been incredible. I cannot describe how happy it makes me that she is so ready to make love to me. I am having to train harder at the gym to keep up with her!!! I would highly recommend purchasing this for your significant other."

J Boylan

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