Dr. Hettiarachchi Answers Questions About the Mona Lisa Touch Treatment
Is it dangerous to have more than 3 Mona Lisa treatments?
No, it is safe to have more than three treatments. Depending on symptoms and different diagnosis, it is in some cases recommended to have fourth and even sometimes have fifth treatments of MonaLisa. With severe symptoms as with Lichens Sclerosis, in our office, these ladies have had great results with 4 – 6 treatments every 6 weeks apart. It is important to wait the recommended 6 weeks in between treatments to give the area time to heal and form the new collagen. Visit with a physician that specializes in these treatments and your symptoms to find out if more than three are needed. These specialists will be able to know with an exam if this is the right treatment for you and how many you may need.
How long does it take to experience improvement in symptoms due to menopause treated by the Mona Lisa touch treatment?
Each patient is different in the response to the MonaLisa Touch (MLT) treatments. Typically we find 60-70 % of our patients see a 80 % improvement in their symptoms atrophic vaginitis after the first treatment and gradually increase with the second and third. The response may vary depending on the patient’s length of symptoms and the tissue quality. We have seen some patient’s require more than the routine three treatments. Try not to get discouraged until the therapy is complete. We observed other patients with initial minimal response improve 3-6 months after their last treatment. It is important to find a provider with significant experience in the MLT technology that understands the vaginal anatomy.
Can Mona Lisa Touch transmit HIV, hepatitis C, or other serious infectious diseases?
I understand that this would be a concern but rest assured that the office staff of any medical provider would be trained in cleaning the probes and autoclaving them. This is a technique that is used in my office as it is with surgical equipment of any kind. There should not be any question that the probes are sterile as we leave them in the sterile pouches until used. Medical professionals are very careful to ensure the safety of each patient. I hope this answers your question and relieves any concern of contamination from other patients.
Does any health insurance help with this Mona Lisa Surgery?
Currently Insurance companies do not cover the monaLisa procedure. There is no current CPT code to bill the procedure to the insurance companies. In our practice, patient’s are allowed to use a Flex Spending Account or Health Savings Account, if you have. Also we offer financing through Care Credit and Green Sky.
Does one need to have a touch up for MonaLisa Touch yearly to keep it working?
Yes!!! Your body continues to deteriorate with the body’s natural age process. Some patient’s may need the maintenance treatment slightly before one year and others may go longer than one year. It is important to do the maintenance treatment to remain healthy vaginal tissue.
Can MonaLisa Touch help Interstitial Cystitis Symptoms?
Interstitial cystitis has a spectrum of symptoms with several urinary symptoms like frequency, burning with urinating and even pelvic pain. MonaLisa Touch has not been clinically tested for interstitial cystitis treatment. This treatment is indicated for atrophic vaginitis. It helps restore healthy vaginal skin and collagen. It has been shown to improve some urinary symptoms. This possibly could help with some symptoms of interstitial cystitis.
Will you get the same results from MonaLisa Touch if you have had a hysterectomy?
About 50% of the patients we treat have had a hysterectomy. It pushes the body into early menopause resulting in symptoms of vaginal atrophy and dryness. MonaLisa Touch is designed to treat these symptoms. It sounds like you are a good candidate for this treatment but always have a consultation with a specialist first.