MonaLisa Touch

MonaLisa TouchThe Mona Lisa Touch is a new non-surgical, non-hormonal procedure that counteracts vaginal atrophy, a condition that affects almost half of all women in their lifetime. With a simple 5-minute treatment MonaLisa Touch stimulates collagen formation beneath the vaginal skin, promoting proliferation of the cells and restoration of the vaginal wall strength and blood supply.

What exactly is vaginal atrophy?

Also known as vaginal ageing, it refers to the changes to the vagina and urinary system largely due to decreasing levels of the hormone estrogen. The physical effects of vaginal atrophy include:

  • thinning and frailty in the vaginal wall
  • changes in the pH and good bacteria that protect against infections
  • burning sensation
  • irritation
  • dryness
  • itchy vagina
  • fissuring
  • vaginal laxity
  • regular vaginal pain
  • pain during sexual intercourse

More often than not these symptoms will not resolve with time and can cause emotional stress in a woman’s personal life and intimate relationships.

Key Benefits

  • Non-hormonal
  • Low risk of side effects
  • Suitable for patients of all ages
  • Five-minute procedure
  • Painless treatment
  • Achieves long lasting improvements
  • High patient satisfaction
  • More than 4000 treatments performed in Australia
  • Suitable for patients who have undergone treatment for cancer
  • Can be used in conjunction with, or independent of, hormone therapy

The technology used in the MonaLisa Touch procedure utilises two key aspects; a fractional CO2 laser that can safely deliver heat deeper into the tissue than other laser wavelengths; and a unique laser pulse technology that starts with a small ablation of surface tissue and then gradually tails off to deliver the right amount of heat to stimulate natural regeneration of tissue. Importantly, this allows the MonaLisa Touch to treat the tissue in a single pass, which makes the treatment shorter and more patient-friendly, eliminates the chances of over treatment and increases the safety for the patient.

In the weeks following treatment the vaginal tissue regains collagen, blood supply and hydration; and the strength, elasticity and health of the vaginal wall improves.

Q. How many treatments are needed?

A. Results can be felt after one treatment. It is suggested full benefits will be seen after three to four treatments, however this can be discussed with your Doctor.

Q. How long do the results last?

A. All the changes obtained with the MonaLisa Touch procedure last significantly longer than traditional treatments. As the natural ageing process continues the treatment can be repeated as desired.

Q. How long does each session last?

A. Generally each treatment would last about 5-10 minutes!

Q. Is there pain during the treatment?

There is absolutely no pain. Most patients describe the experience as a slight vibrating sensation within their vaginal skin.

My Mona Lisa Touch Experience – Part 2! November 30, 2018 - So off I go to Clinic 66 for my second treatment of the Mona Lisa Touch Laser. I have not noticed much difference after the first treatment but they told me not to expect much after just one. I believe there is a slight improvement so far and am excited to see the outcome of all three. I met with the Doctor, different from my last one but just as professional and very warm and caring. She asked me lots of questions how my last treatment went, what side effects did I have and spent lots of time actually getting to know my condition and explaining how the laser works. She also had me fill in a little questionnaire so she can track my results as we go. I signed the consent form and it was time for the treatment. Having your lady bits examined in detail by a Doctor is very weird I must say, I don’t remember any examination like this when I had babies. Having said this I felt pretty comfortable (albeit the stirrups) and the nurse assisting the Doctor tried to chat with me and help me relax. The Doctor mentioned I had a small patch […]
My Mona Lisa Touch Experience October 23, 2018 - My journey started about three years ago really. I started to enjoy sex less, it hurt! To the point where I started to avoid it. This was a pattern for the last few years that I really didn’t think about that much, until it was sexy time and then I thought, “this is going to hurt”. It got worse and worse and there were times over the last year where I thought I really need to do something about this. It came to a head for me a few months ago. I asked my husband if he would like to have sex and he said No (first time ever). So I asked why and he said “I don’t want to bother you”. This made me sad on a few levels. One, I realised if I did nothing my sexual life was probably over, two, I felt terrible that my lovely husband felt pressing me for sex was probably pressuring me into something I did not want to do and three I did not want to lose that special intimacy that only a fulfilling six life together can give a relationship. So I decided to do something about it! I wanted […]
Vaginal Rejuvenation with MonaLisa Touch August 29, 2018 - We’ve been following the MonaLisa Touch for a few years now as it has been one of the affluential treatments for vaginal rejuvenation that has seen this area of medicine surge in popularity. It is used by all the leading clinics around Australia and has helped to see vaginal rejuvenation become a more talked-about and less taboo subject. Dr Tina Purdon from Coco Ruby Skin and Anti-Ageing Clinic in Melbourne loves the MonaLisa Touch and chatted to us about why her patients love it too. PSH: What do you use the MonaLisa Touch for? What does it treat and help patients with? What are the main concerns that women come to you with? Is it used to help women with sexual satisfaction or is this usually a bonus after treating other symptoms? Dr Purdon: The ideal patient for the MonaLisa Touch is the postmenopausal women who have symptoms such as vaginal dryness, laxity, recurrent thrush or urinary tract infections, itchiness, and painful sex. It can also be used to treat women who have urinary incontinence. One of the bonuses of the treatment is that it can enhance sexual satisfaction this is because symptoms such as laxity and dryness are improved, […]
Cosmetic Injections and Vaginal Laser Treatments August 8, 2018 - Are you in Melbourne and wondering who to trust to do your anti-wrinkle injections or dermal fillers? Or are you interested in vaginal laser treatments but not sure where to start? Coco Ruby Skin and Anti-Ageing Clinic, an extension of Cosmetic Surgery for Women and Men (CSFWM) in Melbourne, have recently introduced the highly respected Dr Tina Purdon to their clinic. We take a look at why she has such a loyal following of patients. The right training and experience Dr Purdon has the right training and experience in cosmetic injections and vaginal laser treatments. As a GP, she has a background in emergency medicine and general practice, however identified cosmetic injecting and skin rejuvenation as her passion and has worked in various cosmetic medicine clinics around Melbourne and has refined her skills over the last ten years to become known as one of the best in the business. Coco Ruby are excited to welcome Dr Purdon to their experienced and close-knit team. Dr Purdon brings a wealth of knowledge with regards to vaginal laser treatment protocols, proper selection of dermal fillers for the patient as well as strategic injecting to suit all budgets. She has a reputation for being […]
Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation The O-Shot®- Assisting women with sexual intimacy May 25, 2018 - The O-Shot® procedure is a breakthrough treatment assisting women to increase sensitivity and desire by rejuvenating the vaginal skin and helping with sexual intimacy. In today’s modern world, women are realising that they no longer have to play second best when it comes to sexual satisfaction and the O-Shot is helping women experience more satisfying sexual gratification. What is the O-Shot and how does it work? The O-Shot is a PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) treatment that uses your own blood, which is extracted and centrifuged to separate the PRP from red blood cells and platelet-poor plasma in order to be re-injected into the vaginal skin and walls to stimulate stem cells resulting in tissue repair, regeneration and rejuvenation. Created by Dr Charles Runels who is best known for inventing the Vampire Facial® that Kim Kardashian famously posted on her social media after having the treatment, the O-Shot uses the same process only for vaginal rejuvenation instead of facial rejuvenation. Dr Stephanie Hyams (from Academy Laser Clinics, Sydney) explains. “Many people are familiar with PRP where we harvest some blood and spin it down to take out those concentrated platelets, which are full of all the growth factors and have great […]
What’s the OShot, what’s the PShot? We talk sexual health with Dr Jayson Oates April 10, 2018 - Trish: Hello everyone. Well I’m here today with Dr. Jayson Oates, who is the Director of Face Body Academy in Perth, and also in Subiaco. So, welcome Dr. Oates. Dr. Jayson Oates: Hi Trish, how’re you? Trish: Yeah, really good. Nice to have you on here again today. Dr. Jayson Oates: Nice talking to you. Trish: And today’s a really interesting topic that we’re going to talk about. We’re going to talk about the girl things and boy things, so we’re going to talk about the MonaLisa Touch and the o-shot, and you’re going to give us a bit of a rundown. So, I’ll just let you start, but, I don’t really know much about the o-shot, so give us a rundown as if I don’t know anything. Cause this is so interesting for you listeners out there, because this is something that’s … it’s groundbreaking stuff and I think it’s kind of … it’s making waves in the industry for a start, and there’s a solution to people’s problems where they didn’t know that there was a solution to a problem. Dr. Jayson Oates: Yeah, absolutely. So, the o-shot, is relatively new and it’s where we’re taking somebody’s blood, […]
MonaLisa Touch Improving Women’s Lives And Opening Up The Discussion On Women’s Health March 30, 2018 - In 2009 when Europe’s largest medical laser manufacturer, Deka, began researching MonaLisa Touch it would have been difficult to predict just how much the treatment would revolutionise women’s health worldwide. Nine years on, and 30 published research papers later, the treatment is now recognised as one of the biggest advances in women’s health in decades. If you are a regular reader of Plastic Surgery Hub you will know we like to get people talking about issues that other sites aren’t game to dscuss. And Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause (GSM or also known as Vulvo-Vaginal Atrophy) is one of the big topics for post-menopausal women and many cancer survivors. GSM affects around half of all post-menopausal women and over 60% of breast cancer survivors. That means that in Australia there are likely to be over two million women suffering the effects of GSM right now. The symptoms of GSM can include pain during intercourse (Dyspareunia), ongoing dryness or itching, recurrent infections, burning sensations and irritation, urinary urgency and incontinence, and feelings of laxity. Unlike other menopause symptoms such as hot flushes, GSM appears 3-4 years after menopause and will continue to get worse with time if left untreated. MonaLisa Touch is […]
Dr Jayson Oates on the Mona Lisa Touch November 9, 2017 - Trish: Hey. I’m here this morning with Dr. Jayson Oates. And Dr. Jayson Oates is a facial plastic surgeon ENT from Academy Face and Body in W.A. And also they have a branch in Crows Nest. Dr. Oates is going to have a chat with us today about the Mona Lisa Touch and this will actually be for the female vaginal area I guess for after they’ve had cancer. So that’s kind of all I know at the moment so. So welcome Dr. Oates. Dr. Jayson Oates: Hi Trish. Good to be speaking with you again. Trish: Great to have you here. Always love having our little chats. So like Tell me about it. Dr. Jayson Oates: So the Mona Lisa Touch treatment has been around for a few years now and it’s a laser treatment that’s done inside the vagina. And it was initially designed for menopausal women and it’s shown really surprising results and success with reducing the local vaginal symptoms of menopause – so that’s the dryness; itching; a failure to lubricate during intercourse; some of the urinary issues that they have. And it’s a problem that gradually tends to develop after menopause. And once the estrogen […]
Incontinence - no laughing matter World Continence Week 2017 “Incontinence, no laughing matter!” June 18, 2017 - I loved this podcast with Dr Jayson Oates from Academy Face & Body in Subiaco WA & Crows Nest NSW – where we chat about the successes he has been having with the Mona Lisa Touch laser for vaginal regeneration, including helping to treat incontinence! This week is World Continence Week 2017 “Incontinence, no laughing matter!” is the theme for this year. Yes there is an easy solution. Trish: Great. Well I’m here today again with Dr Jayson Oates, who’s the primary cosmetic surgeon and medical director of Academy Face and Body in Subiaco, Perth. First of all, welcome. Dr Jayson Oates: Good morning Trish. Good to be with you again. Trish: Yeah, same. We thought we have that chat today. This year’s World Continence week is next week, which is 19th to 25th of June 2017. The theme this year is “Incontinence, No laughing matter”. We thought it’s perfect that we have a chat today about one of the treatments that you offer in your clinic for incontinence. Which is the MonaLisa Touch, which is a laser therapy. Dr Jayson Oates: Yeah. Trish: Tell us a bit about it, that would be great. Dr Jayson Oates: It’s an interesting […]
Fight vaginal atrophy with MonaLisa Touch Fight The Effects Of Vaginal Atrophy with MonaLisa Touch May 31, 2017 - I want to revisit the revolutionary Mona Lisa Touch treatment that is helping thousands of women regain control. I initially wrote about the Mona Lisa Touch in August 2015 when I had the treatment myself. It’s a bit scary putting that sort of information out there for everyone, but so many women are affected by these issues at some point in their life and we’re committed to encouraging and normalising open dialogue about any service that can offer someone a better quality of life. So I thought I’d cover again how to regain control of your vaginal atrophy with MonaLisa Touch. Vaginal Atrophy – What is it? Put simply, vaginal atrophy is the natural drying and thinning of the tissues and membranes of the vagina. According to a study by the American Association of Family Physicians, more than 40% of postmenopausal women suffer from vaginal atrophy. Although commonly encountered leading up to and following menopause as a natural part of the ageing process, vaginal atrophy may also happen following pregnancy and breastfeeding, as a result of chemotherapy, or in a number of other circumstances, and is caused by changing hormone levels leading to a lack of oestrogen production. While the […]
MonaLisa Touch Incontinence, bladder leakage – we discuss the tricky subjects… December 29, 2016 - All women at some stage of their life go through menopause. It’s inevitable and the symptoms for some women can be quite significant. Some of the symptoms are transient and will pass with time. However, another set of symptoms called genito-urinary syndrome of menopause (also known as GSM or vaginal atrophy) will appear three to four years after menopause and continue to get worse with time if not treated. While menopause is the main time women will experience these symptoms, in fact this is an issue that many women can face even before they hit menopause. It is a common problem with women undergoing treatment for certain types of cancer and it can be an issue post-pregnancy when hormones are fluctuating. The good news is there is a simple and easy solution for this often embarrassing problem. MonaLisa Touch is a revolutionary new treatment that is helping women across the globe. The Medici Clinic in Berwick (part of Cosmetic Surgery for Women in Melbourne) offer the MonaLisa Touch vaginal laser treatment, and we asked them how it works and who it can help. Symptoms Of GSM (Vaginal Atrophy) Some of the symptoms MonaLisa Touch can improve are the general symptoms […]
High Tech Laser In Who Do We Trust Part 3, High Tech Laser – The Companies behind the Treatments November 4, 2016 - 2016 has seen a huge influx in non-surgical devices becoming available on the Australian market, so we’ve been checking out the companies who create and distribute these devices. We want to make sure they’re reputable and providing us with the highest quality lasers, light, PRP and other treatments. High Tech Laser have been offering high quality technology equipment for minimally invasive treatments for over 15 years and are known for having some of the most advanced devices on the market. Some of their more popular devices of the moment are: HydraFacial – one of my faves: resurfacing procedure provides cleansing, exfoliation, extractions and hydration of antioxidants, peptides and hyaluronic acid. Mona Lisa Touch – for vaginal laxity and rejuvenation. I personally guarantee this one works! You’ll be amazed by what even just one treatment does! I was blown away… InMode – 5 devices in one – able to treat a variety of skin/aesthetic concerns including radio frequency, IPL and hair removal. EmCyte Pure PRP – new age, natural skin rejuvenation treatment using your own blood! Motus AX Hair Removal – A new laser hair removal technology that improves treatment comfort. Smartxide DOT Therapy – One of first fractional CO2 lasers […]
MonaLisa Touch Menopause and The MonaLisa Touch Laser April 4, 2016 - A subject that eventually affects all women, but is spoken about rarely, is menopause. Even less spoken about is a condition that occurs around 3-4 years after menopause and affects around 50 percent of all women (and 60% of breast cancer survivors who experience induced menopause). The condition is called genito-urinary syndrome of menopause, or GSM for short (also referred to as Vaginal Atrophy). Not every woman will have physical or emotional symptoms of menopause. However, at least 60 percent will experience mild to moderate symptoms, with 20 percent of women considered to suffer severe symptoms which impact upon their quality of life. A range of symptoms can occur including mood changes, hot flushes, memory effects, sleep disturbance, bone and joint pain and changes in sexuality and libido. Some of these effects can be short term and pass with time. However, in contrast the menopause symptoms related to GSM / vaginal atrophy will continue to get worse with time and include: Vaginal Dryness and Discomfort Bladder and Urinary Symptoms Vaginal itching Vaginal laxity Loss of lubrication Pain during intercourse The lack of moisture or lubrication in this area can be very distressing and result in an itching or burning sensation […]
MonaLisa Touch MonaLisa Touch For Vaginal Regeneration November 5, 2015 - PSH: I’m here today with Matt from High Tech Laser and we’re going to talk to you about the MonaLisa Touch which is a laser treatment for vaginal regeneration. So thank you for taking the time today, Matt. Can you tell us a little bit about it? Matt: Mona Lisa Touch is a new treatment for symptoms related to vaginal atrophy – things that many women will experience in their life – more than 50% of women. It’s symptoms that are often related to menopause but not necessarily only for women going through menopause and after menopause. So the most common symptoms that we’re treating are dryness… so, vaginal dryness and that can be caused by menopause and a thinning of the vaginal wall but also women that are breast feeding after pregnancy. When they have given birth they often get vaginal dryness because of the changes in their hormones during the period of breastfeeding and that can lead to painful intercourse which is probably the other most common symptom that we’re treating. So it’s called dyspareunia – but the common term is painful intercourse. And then some other things like vaginal laxity, itchiness and burning. And then, some patients […]
MonaLisa Touch I LAUGHED SO HARD A LITTLE BIT OF PEE CAME OUT! (But Wait, Have you Tried the Mona Lisa Touch Yet?) October 27, 2015 - I think almost all of us have done it at some stage. Laughed so hard we lost control for just long enough for a little bit of pee to come out. For some of us, it is completely manageable and moments like this are cause for even more laughter. However for others, it is no laughing matter. In fact, it is estimated that approximately 37% of women and 13% of men in Australia have experienced urinary incontinence (source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2006). There are several reasons why we lose control over our pelvic floor muscles and therefore our ability to hold our bladder closed and stop from leaking. These might include childbirth – yes, we can blame this one again for this problem too; age – our muscles lose their strength and tightness as a natural part of ageing unless we make a specific effort not to lose function (pelvic floor muscle exercises are not to be under valued!); various disorders – such as multiple sclerosis or spinal cord injury. There are in fact various types of incontinence, some of the main ones being: Stress incontinence This is the one related to laughing too hard, or sneezing… […]
MonaLisa Touch MonaLisa Touch and Dr. Fariba Behnia-Willison September 15, 2015 - If you have been following our posts recently or you have ever visited this page before you would have heard us mention the MonaLisa Touch. And just in case you have been living under some form of a rock you may not have heard of the MonaLisa Touch. No, we are not talking about the famous Leonardo Da Vinci painting; we are in fact talking about the revolutionary, non-surgical, ‘walk in and out of the procedure within 30 minutes’ treatment for vaginal rejuvenation. We introduced you to Dr Fariba Behnia-Willison in our last article on Mona Lisa Touch. She is a South Australian based gynaecologist and was one of the first doctors in Australia to use the MonaLisa Touch. She has treated well over 3,000 patients with this machine. Dr Willison explained that she came across the MonaLisa Touch when she was confronted by the case of a 35 year old woman going through menopause because of breast cancer and chemotherapy. This woman was in so much pain both physically and emotionally. Physically because of a lack of oestrogen; and emotionally because although she had a partner who was very supportive, she was unable to enjoy any intimacy due to […]
MonaLisa Touch Vaginal Atrophy? Breathe, or dance, a sigh of relief! MONA LISA TOUCH August 11, 2015 - As soon as I heard of the Mona Lisa Touch, I was certain that I was the perfect candidate – pre-menopausal and feeling a bit anxious knowing I’m about to enter the next ‘phase’ of my life. Yes, I’ll take any help I can get! And, a bonus if it’s quick, doesn’t hurt, and has some real benefits! Being an avid researcher I scoured through the promotional material, heard reviews, watched videos and learnt that most patients felt an improvement after only one treatment. This sounded good to me. You’ll be amazed to hear… it was everything it said it was, and more! After my treatment, which was quick (less than 10 minutes) and painless… I walked out of the practitioner rooms with no discomfort whatsoever. Every other time I’ve had laser, I’ve related it to pain. Definitely not in this case; it was absolutely painless. It’s a topic that up until the last few years wasn’t really discussed; and it still remains quite a sensitive subject amongst most women, unless they’re discussing the latest column in the magazines about which celebrity is getting what. It is, however, a problem that affects most women at some stage throughout their lifetime… […]

Trish

Trish is a plastic surgery blogger. She is passionate about wellbeing, health and beauty, and doesn't mind a little bit of 'help' from the amazing cosmetic and beauty procedures that are available today. Trish spends her days talking to women and men who are looking for suggestions and advice on procedures that are available to them. Cutting through the sales pitch and hype, a down-to-earth response on general information is what you will get.

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  1. I don’t suffer most of the side effects mentioned above but would like to know if the Mona Lisa Touch can help to restore orgasms which I am having trouble achieving now.
    I am a very fit 68 year old and don’t suffer from vaginal dryness or any other problem like that.

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