MonaLisa Touch is only FDA and Health Canada-approved laser for the treatment of symptoms of pelvic aging, now known as genitourinary syndrome of menopause (GSM) and previously known as vaginal atrophy. MonaLisa Touch is a completely non-hormonal and non-surgical office treatment that returns the vaginal tissue to a more youthful and healthy state.
In menopause, the collagen and elastin within the vaginal tissues decline, the lining thins and secretes less fluid, and the pH becomes more alkaline. All these changes lead to painful sex (dyspareunia) as well as increased susceptibility to bladder infections and urinary problems, collectively known as genitourinary syndrome of menopause. MonaLisa Touch is a completely hormone-free solution to these problems.
- Restores normal vaginal moisture and lubrication
- Relieves vaginal burning, itching and pain
- Improves elasticity of the vagina
- Allows couples to resume pleasurable intimacy
- Suitable for women who choose not to use hormones
- Improves mild to moderate urinary incontinence
- Relieves urgency, frequency and recurrent urinary tract infections
Dr. Tkatch was featured in a Vancouver Sun article about the MonaLisa Touch.
How does the MonaLisa Touch laser work and is it safe?
Gentle but powerful pulses of laser energy are delivered to the collagen layer of the vaginal skin triggering production of new collagen to restore vaginal skin health. MonaLisa Touch is the treatment of choice for genitourinary changes of menopause (vaginal atrophy) in women unable to take hormones due to breast cancer or who simply prefer not to take hormones.
It is a non-surgical alternative for women not wishing to have mesh tape surgery for mild to moderate urinary incontinence, and an alternative to medications that cause severe dry mouth when treating overactive bladder.
What to expect during your treatment
Dr. Tkatch is a specialist gynecologist and will provide a complete gynecological exam prior to treatment. She may diagnose you with a gynecological condition for which the MonaLisa Touch may not be optimal; however, she is able to offer the full spectrum of medical and surgical gynecological alternatives to suit your individual health concern.
The MonaLisa Touch is a series of three in-office laser treatments, each taking 5-10 minutes and spaced six weeks apart. No anaesthesia is required, and the MonaLisa Touch treatment is as easy and comfortable as a pap smear.
You may resume daily activities immediately and intimacy in 72 hours, and symptom relief usually starts 1-2 weeks after the first MonaLisa Touch treatment and continues to improve as you complete the series.
You should receive an annual touch-up to maintain vaginal skin health.
Why should I have my vaginal laser treatment with Dr. Tkatch?
Vaginal laser treatments can leave you with significant health problems if they are improperly performed. Why trust your vaginal health to providers who aren’t experts in gynecology? Your vagina deserves an expert!
Do I need a referral for MonaLisa Touch laser treatment?
It is optimal for you to be referred to Dr. Tkatch by your family physician for evaluation of your symptoms of genitourinary syndrome. This allows Dr. Tkatch to fully evaluate your gynecological health and care for all issues identified. She will discuss all appropriate treatment options with you, which may include the MonaLisa Touch laser treatment, medications, dilators, physiotherapy, or surgery. If you do not have a regular family physician, you may want to use a virtual care service such as TELUS MyCare to obtain a referral to Dr. Tkatch.
What does MonaLisa Touch laser treatment cost?
MonaLisa Touch is a laser medical treatment for genitourinary syndrome that, like prescription drugs, is not covered by provincial health plans. If you have a private health services plan or extended health insurance check with your insurance provider to see if this treatment is covered. The approximate cost of a series of treatments is $2700.
Watch the video below to learn more about MonaLisa Touch.