Dr. Catherine Vanderloos is a board certified OB/GYN physician who specializes in the effects of menopause and the use of various treatments to reverse its symptoms. Dr. Vanderloos offers techniques, such as the MonaLisa Touch® laser to her patients living in the Shreveport, Louisiana area.
What are the Benefits of MonaLisa Touch?
The MonaLisa Touch laser is a technique used to reverse the effects of menopause on the vaginal tissues. During menopause, the vaginal walls lose their elasticity. As the amount of moisture in the area decreases, the tissues begin to stiffen making vaginal intercourse extremely painful. The procedure is non-invasive and requires very little recovery time. The MonaLisa Touch laser rejuvenates the tissues allowing a woman to be more comfortable during sexual intercourse. Laser procedures are performed in Dr. Vanderloos’ office with relatively few side effects. Women will see noticeable improvement a few months after the first procedure.
What Happens During a MonaLisa Touch Procedure?
During a MonaLisa Touch procedure, a wand with a small laser device attached to it is inserted into the vagina. The wand pivots and is able to turn 360 degrees so that all areas of the vagina are effectively reached. The laser penetrates deeply into the tissues, stimulating the production of collagen. Collagen is what adds tone and texture to the tissues. It’s what supports the structure adding volume and allowing the vagina to regain its natural elasticity. The procedure improves the integrity of the vaginal walls allowing them to function as they did prior to menopause causing them to change. The benefits of a laser procedure are long lasting and can dramatically improve a woman's quality of life.
How Many Treatments are Needed?
For a MonaLisa Touch procedure to be truly effective, Dr. Vanderloos recommends 3 treatments. Even though results are noticeable after 3-6 months, the final results can last anywhere from 8 months to a year or longer. To achieve the longest lasting results, 3 MonaLisa Touch procedures will stimulate the production of enough collagen to sufficiently rebuild the tissues and improve the elasticity of the vaginal walls. Although the procedure may not produce permanent results, the long lasting effects are prolonged if additional treatments are used. The number of procedures needed will be determined by the general health of the surrounding tissues in the area.