What is MonaLisa Touch™?


Post-menopausal changes can affect a woman’s quality of life in unexpected ways.  This includes natural menopause and induced menopause as a result of hysterectomy or cancer treatment.   Hormone replacement therapy may not be the best option for many patients. Now there is an alternative therapy for vaginal revitalization that can help millions of women who are silently suffering and unable to undergo other treatment options.

MonaLisa Touch is a medical laser that delivers controlled energy to the vaginal tissue to revitalize the cells in the vaginal mucosa (vaginal tissue) so that these cells make more collagen, an essential ingredient in vaginal wall health.

MonaLisa Touch implements CO2 laser energy that is delivered via side-firing probe inserted into the vaginal canal. A two-part pulse targets surface (epithelial) tissue and deep (lamina propria) tissue to promote vaginal mucosal revitalization.

A multisite study was conducted by Dr. Mickey Karram, Director of Fellowship Program on Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery at The Christ Hospital, Cincinnati, OH and Dr. Eric Sokol, Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Stanford University Medical Center. Preliminary findings from a trial evaluating the laser treatment on postmenopausal women* and breast cancer survivors experiencing vaginal health issues show positive results.  The trial assessed the use of CO2 fractional laser therapy on 30 women with vaginal health issues due to natural or induced menopause. All of the patients in the trial were treated with the MonaLisa Touch laser.

Now, the MonaLisa Touch procedure is available in the Rochester area.  This is an in-office procedure performed by Dr. David L. Gandell at the White Spruce office of Rochester Gynecologic and Obstetric Associates, P.C., the only location in the Rochester, NY area where this revolutionary technology is available.  The procedure is virtually painless and requires no anesthesia. Some patients may experience some discomfort the first time the probe is inserted, but the actual treatment is not painful. Many patients report that it feels like a gentle vibration.  Patients receive three treatments, spaced six weeks apart, each taking only about a minute to perform.

Most patients feel improvement after the very first treatment, although the procedure calls for three treatments that are generally spaced over an 18-week period. Patients should expect to come back annually for a maintenance treatment. MonaLisa Touch was first available outside the US where more than 5,000 patients have been treated worldwide with up to an 18-month follow-up.

For more information on MonaLisa Touch or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Gandell, please call us at (585) 461-5940 .  Or visit our web site at www.rgoa.com/about

To hear what other patients have to say about MonaLisa Touch, click on the video below.