Vaginal atrophy, or vaginal ageing, affects in excess of 40 percent of menopausal and post-menopausal women. The walls of the vagina become thinner and the natural elasticity and blood supply is reduced. The protective mucosa of the vagina can lose hydration and thickness causing a loss of lubrication. The changes in the natural pH balance of the internal environment have detrimental effects on the function and health of the vagina.
What are the physical and emotional effects of vaginal atrophy?
The symptoms of vaginal atrophy may or may not occur simultaneously and may be felt as:
* Vaginal dryness or itchiness
* Burning sensations and irritation of the vagina
* Fissuring of the opening of the vagina
* Pain during sexual intercourse (Dyspareunia)
* Vaginal pain
The symptoms of vaginal atrophy can have both a physical and emotional impact on the patient, including affecting her intimate relationships.
Prevalence of vaginal atrophy
In excess of 40 percent of menopausal and post-menopausal women are affected by vaginal atrophy and will experience some or all of the symptoms. In addition, younger women who have used the Pill for prolonged periods, breast-feeding mothers and women who experienced traumatic delivery and severe perineal repair and scarring may also experience these symptoms. Around 60 per cent of breast cancer sufferers can also be affected by vaginal atrophy and unfortunately Hormone Replacement Therapy is not suitable for many of these patients meaning there is no effective treatment for their symptoms.
Existing treatment options for vaginal atrophy
Existing treatments involve making lifestyle changes to improve vulval care and using therapeutic creams such as non-scented barrier cream or topical Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT – vaginal estrogen cream) if not contraindicated. The effectiveness of these current treatments is highly dependent on the willingness of the patient to adhere to treatment protocols. In addition, the effects of existing treatments are short term in nature and the benefits are no longer felt if the patient discontinues use.
In comparison, the MonaLisa Touch procedure addresses a number of the issues causing vaginal atrophy, which means the effects of treatment are long lasting and will be felt independent of any actions performed by the patient. The MonaLisa Touch treatment is of particular benefit for patients with a past history, or strong family history of breast cancer who may have previously been advised against using HRT and until now have had no effective treatment for their symptoms of vaginal atrophy.
About The MonaLisa Touch Treatment
MonaLisa Touch is a non-surgical treatment for vaginal atrophy that has been used in Australia since 2013 by gynaecologists, urogynaecologists and menopause doctors. It counteracts the effects of vaginal atrophy with a simple 5-minute treatment that stimulates collagen formation beneath the vaginal skin, promoting proliferation of the cells and restoration of vaginal wall strength and blood supply.
The MonaLisa Touch procedure offers significant advantages over current treatment options as it addresses the issues that cause vaginal atrophy rather than simply working on the symptoms. The MonaLisa Touch creates longer-lasting relief than current treatments and offers a new and effective option for patient groups who were previously not suitable for existing treatments.
MonaLisa Touch works to stimulate natural regeneration of vaginal tissue and structure
MonaLisa Touch draws on knowledge learnt over many years in fields such as Dermatology and Aesthetic medicine to deliver an effective treatment that stimulates fibroblast cells in the skin to promote the natural regeneration processes. This stimulates collagen formation underneath the vaginal skin, promotes proliferation of the cells and restoration of blood supply. In as little as 30 days after treatment there is regeneration of new tissue in the vaginal walls and the protective mucosa recovers volume, hydration and elasticity.
By restoring the natural pH balance of the vaginal mucosa, and targeting the causes of vaginal atrophy, many of the symptoms such as vaginal dryness, irritation and fissuring are greatly reduced or disappear – all with virtually no side effects or discomfort.
In addition, improvements in the structure and positioning of the vagina mean that some external surgical procedures such as labiaplasty and vaginaplasty may be avoided in mild to moderate cases.
MonaLisa Touch is a no-downtime, painless procedure
The MonaLisa Touch is a 5-minute, painless, no-downtime treatment. The only post-treatment advice is to abstain from exercise for 24 hours and from sexual intercourse for 5 days. A course of treatment requires three, five-minute treatments spaced at monthly intervals.
MonaLisa Touch laser procedures are performed in the Queensland Plastic Surgery theatre, located in the same premises as Chrysalis Medispa.
Upon arrival at Chrysalis, you will be checked in by a member of the Chrysalis Reception team before your MonaLisa Touch consultation and treatment.