MonaLisa Touch FAQs
Treatments have not been medically coded and therefore can not be submitted to health insurance companies. However, treatment may be covered by your FSA or HSA, Health Savings Plans. There are also many medical financing options available including interest deferred payments with monthly payments as little as $45. (include financing links here)
After your consultation with Dr Hettiarachchi, he will recommend a treatment plan specifically tailored to your needs. Cost is dependent on your personalized treatment plan. Female pelvic treatment plans start at $1,200 with monthly payments as low as $45.
Expect to spend 60 minutes in our office total for a consultation. The treatments themselves: 10 minutes for numbing plus 5-10 minutes for internal and external MonaLisa Touch therapy 3 treatments 6 weeks apart.
For both the O-shot and the MonaLisa treatment, we provide numbing externally using a very effective agent specially compounded by the pharmacist. For the O-Shot women have reported either no sensation of being injected at all or a slight pinch during the procedure and slight "full" sensation in the area treated right after the procedure. For the MonaLisa treatment, 95% of women report a slight buzzing, humming or vibration during the internal portion of the treatment and may feel an itchy or prickly feeling if at all during the external treatment. If any patient does feel discomfort during the treatment, Dr Hettiarachchi immediately adjusts the laser settings to ensure the patient can tolerate the treatment.
MonaLisa Touch may not be your best option unless you have undergone early menopause leading to vulvovaginal atrophy (thin dry vaginal skin). This may also happen after removal of the ovaries or chemotherapy treatments for breast cancer. MonaLisa Touch will help restore healthy vaginal tissue and collagen to promote better lubrication and reduce any painful intercourse. While orgasm are a complex set of chemical, nervous, and muscle reactions. Women can have orgasms via vaginal or clitoral stimulation. The O-shot maybe a better option for you. It is obtained by spinning a small amount of your own blood and concentrating the platelet rich plasma. This concentration includes growth factors, stem cells and platelets. It is then injected into the clitoris and G spot. Over time sensation in these areas increase and may help you achieve an orgasm with sex.
We have treated many women with vaginal and itching on the outside of the vagina with the MonaLisa procedure, including lichen sclerosis, very effectively. We have certain protocols for the laser for those patients. It is important to properly work up the cause of the itching which may include a biopsy or dermatology evaluation. An experienced physician who understands the laser and pathology should help you.
MonaLisa Touch laser will restore symptoms of vaginal atrophy such as vaginal dryness and painful intimacy. It can also improve incontinence. It does not specifically relieve hot flashes and sleep problems. However, with a good dose of intimacy and less running to the bathroom in the middle the night, you should get a better nights sleep. Consider hormonal therapy if the hot flashes are intolerable.
In our experience, MonaLisa Touch treatments help to restore the tissue resulting in healthy looking tissue NOT bleached appearance. Immediately following the external treatment, the treated area appears white which subsides in 3-7 days. This is not a bleaching of the tissue. The appearance is due to the micro-injuries of the laser. The therapy treats painful intercourse, mild bladder leaks, vaginal atrophy and Lichens Sclerosis. If anything, it would enhance sensation. Please research all medical treatments before you proceed and the professional performing the treatments.
The MonaLisa Touch is a CO2 fractional vaginal laser. The laser promotes healthy vaginal skin and collagen. Multiple scientific studies prove the MonaLisa Touch treats vaginal atrophy and is a alternative to Estrogen, lubricants or surgery. There are other associated benefits with the MonaLisa Touch including reduction in urinary leaking and improvement in the laxity. This is caused by the build up of collagen along the vaginal canal. The bladder is then better supported and the vaginal canal can return to the youthful appearance with better tighter vaginal folds. Many of our patients and partners describe more sensation during intercourse after the MonaLisa Touch. At our center we take a thorough history and perform pelvic exam that help us guide the best treatment options for our patients. We offer multiple laser and radiofrequency vaginal treatment options including the Geneveve which has been shown to have greater build up of collagen to help improve vaginal laxity and sexual function.