Vaginal Revitalization Specialist

Willow Glen Primary Care Medicine

Concierge Medicine & Primary Care located in Willow Glen, San Jose, CA

We are excited to now offer the MonaLisa Touch® gynecologic laser! This unique treatment can improve sexual health in post-partum and peri- and post-menopausal women without using surgery, hormones, chemicals or drugs. Atrophic vaginitis, dryness, irritation, pain with sex, and some forms of urine leakage can be significantly improved. No need to suffer in silence! The laser treatments are short (5-15 minutes), performed in our outpatient clinic, and are well-tolerated, typically with minimal or no discomfort. Patients usually return to normal activities the same day. (We recommend refraining from sexual activity for 2-3 days.) We individualize your treatment plan to maximize your results. Schedule a consultation with Sian Lindsay, MD, a certified MonaLisa specialist, at Willow Glen Primary Care in San Jose, California, to find out more.

Vaginal Revitalization Q & A

Why should I consider vaginal revitalization?

MonaLisa vaginal laser provides nonsurgical treatment that can improve vaginal health without any incisions, hormones, or the need for downtime in most patients.

As we go through the normal aging and childbearing process, our bodies experience a variety of changes that can affect vaginal and sexual health. This is especially true during perimenopause, the time leading up to the permanent end of the menstrual cycle, and during the postpartum period after childbirth, especially in breastfeeding women.

During these times, reproductive hormones fluctuate and the body begins slowing down hormone production. 

A loss of these hormones, as well as a loss of collagen and elastin — essential for healthy skin and supportive tissue — causes a variety of symptoms interfering with vaginal health, such as:

  • Dryness
  • Itching
  • Irritation
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Loss of natural lubrication

These changes can result in painful sex, and more difficulty enjoying sex, possibly impacting our intimate relationships.

Vaginal revitalization treatments can be helpful to postpartum mothers as they recover from childbirth.

How does vaginal revitalization work?

To improve changes that occur with aging and childbirth, Dr. Lindsay offers in-office vaginal revitalization treatments using the nonsurgical, nonhormonal MonaLisa Touch system. This laser technology delivers gentle, yet effective, laser energy directly into the vaginal tissues.

The energy stimulates increased production of collagen and elastin in the soft tissues of the vaginal canal. Over time, as new collagen and elastin form, vaginal health improves. The tissue naturally lubricates better, improving comfort and sensation with intercourse. 

Stronger tissues and a more balanced pH can also better support the bladder, reducing the severity and frequency of urinary leaks and infections common with aging.

Dr. Lindsay inserts the MonaLisa Touch probe into the vaginal canal for just a few minutes. This is essentially painless and requires no anesthesia. An external prob delivers the laser energy to the vulvar tissues after anesthetic cream has been applied. 

The laser energy also increases collagen and elasticity to the vulva, alleviating itching, burning, and tears. Immediately after your session, you can expect to go back to your usual routine, except avoiding intercourse for 2-3 days.

How long does it take to see the results of MonaLisa Touch?

To ensure you achieve the best results, Dr. Lindsay creates a customized treatment plan. Typically patients need three initial treatments with MonaLisa Touch to receive the optimum benefit of laser therapy. 

Because it takes time for new collagen to develop, you can expect to start seeing results within four weeks of treatment. However, many patients will begin to notice improvement after the first session As new collagen grows and fills out the vaginal tissues, your results continue to improve in the months after your laser sessions. Annual maintenance treatment is recommended. 

Find out if you’re a candidate for vaginal restoration with MonaLisa Touch by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Lindsay by phone or online now.