MonaLisa Touch Specialist

Vaginal atrophy is a common cause of pain, burning, and other symptoms, including urinary tract infections, and it’s most common among women near or in menopause. As a leading certified menopause practitioner in Chicago and Downers Grove, Illinois, Dr. Tureanu uses the MonaLisa Touch® system to help women with vaginal atrophy restore the natural lubrication and elasticity in their vagina so they can relieve uncomfortable symptoms. Treatments are performed right in the office without any need for sedation or incisions. Call the office or use our online system to schedule an appointment and learn more.

MonaLisa Touch

by Valentin Tureanu, MD, NCMP

What is vaginal atrophy?

Vaginal atrophy is a surprisingly common condition that affects millions of women, beginning around menopause when natural levels of estrogen and progesterone begin to decline. These two hormones contribute to vaginal health, keeping the tissues of the vagina lubricated and elastic. As the hormone levels decrease, the vagina can become thin, dry, inelastic and inflamed. These changes can cause pain and discomfort, especially during intercourse, and they can also increase your chances of urinary tract infections and urinary incontinence. Vaginal atrophy symptoms also can occur as a result of hormonal changes that occur while breastfeeding.

What is the MonaLisa Touch®?

The Mona Lisa Touch is a laser-based device that uses a slim wand to emit controlled bursts of laser energy inside your vagina. The energy stimulates the production of collagen inside the vaginal walls to improve the tonicity and elasticity of your vagina. As the tissues in the vaginal wall remodel, natural lubrication also is restored, relieving painful symptoms while rebalancing your vagina’s natural pH levels. The MonaLisa Touch® procedure takes under 15 minutes, and it’s performed without the need for medications or surgery in our office.

 

How does the MonaLisa Touch® work?

The MonaLisa Touch laser emits precise amounts of laser energy to create very tiny lesions in the tissues of the vaginal wall. These lesions stimulate your body’s natural healing processes, including the production of collagen deep within the tissues. Collagen is what makes your tissues elastic and flexible, and it contributes to the healthy mucosal lining in the vagina. Collagen production begins right after the procedure and continues for weeks -- over time; your vagina becomes healthier and more toned. Plus, by rebalancing the pH levels inside the vagina, your risks for urinary tract infections and vaginal infections are reduced.

Will I need more than one treatment?

While a single treatment can improve the tone and elasticity of your vagina, most women achieve maximum benefits after three treatments spaced about three weeks apart. Dr. Tureanu performs treatments right in the office, and no anesthesia or sedation is required. That means you can get back to your regular activities right after treatment. The MonaLisa Touch® is a fast, effective way to improve your vaginal health, relieve painful symptoms, and reduce your risks for infections.

 

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