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MonaLisa Touch® Advanced Laser Treatment for Better Life Quality

MonaLisa Touch®, is not a classical portrait, but is the new frontier in vulvo-vaginal laser treatment for menopause related symptoms especially vaginal atrophy, innovatively developed by Italian company DEKA.

In Singapore, NeoAsia excitedly brought this advanced treatment to offer long-term solution for women in menopausal stage. The MonaLisa Touch® is a fractional CO2 laser that is specifically designed to treat symptoms associated with vaginal atrophy. The unique characteristics of MonaLisa Touch® include the tissue stimulation using photo-rejuvenation techniques without any trauma and with right amount of laser energy.

What is Vaginal Atrophy?

Every woman would experience menopause in her late forties or fifties, it is a normal and inevitable evolutionary phase of a woman’s life. There are some common menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, irritability, insomnia, depression, etc. If you have common symptoms like vaginal dryness, burning sensation or irritation in the vagina, you probably suffered from “vaginal atrophy”. How does it happen? The main cause of vaginal atrophy is lack of a type of steroid hormone important for female sexual and reproductive development, i.e. estrogen. The mucous membrane becomes thinner, frailer and less elastic, with pH changes and weaker natural defenses. This leads to detrimental effect on their quality of life, self-esteem and sexual function.

Vaginal atrophy concerns 45% women in menopause. It usually causes a huge impact on mood and on the quality of your relationship. Research has shown 25% of menopausal women in Singapore suffer from symptoms of vaginal atrophy and urinary symptoms including vaginal or vulvar dryness, discharge, itching and dyspareunia [1]. Vaginal atrophy also occur during pre-menopause and can be associated with symptoms such as itching and burning in the vulvo-vaginal area, discharge and odour caused by the increased pH, frequent stimulus to urinate, recurrent cystitis, and lack of lubrification and pain during intercourse. However, many women remain silent even they face frequent inflammation and pain.

How can MonaLisa Touch® help?

By delivering controlled energy to the vagina tissue, the cells in the vaginal mucosa can be revitalized, stimulating collagen production around that area, restoring its hydration and elasticity. In general, 91.7% of patients are satisfied or very satisfied with this treatment and no collateral has been encountered, thus confirming the safety of MonaLisa Touch® fractional CO2 laser treatment [2]. It is a safe, virtually painless and minimally invasive procedure. Besides, it is a fast procedure, no anaesthesia is required, no age limit for the patients and no side effects reported thus far. It helps women facing menopausal symptoms to regain self-confidence and rediscover the harmony of femininity naturally and quickly. More info at www.monalisatouch.com.

In Singapore, there are a few clinics offering MonaLisa Touch® including Singapore Women’s Clinic (Clementi), Astra Women’s Specialists, SOG-Choo Wan Ling Clinic for Women, and SOG-Heng Clinic for Women (PEH). The treatment costs S$2,500 per three sessions.

References:

  1. NUH Medico January-June 2014 edition, page 9.
  2. Vulvo-vaginal atrophy: A new treatment modality using thermos-ablative fractional CO2 laser, Maturitas [The European Menopause Journal], March 2015, Volume 80, Issue 3, Pages 296-301.

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