Although a laser treatment aimed at reversing vaginal atrophy might sound extreme and possible painful, this quick and relatively painless procedure could prove life changing for many thousands of women in the UK.

The ageing process can be cruel. For women it’s often not just the case of lines or wrinkles on the face and body as skin starts to sag, but a further, rarely discussed ageing problem is vaginal atrophy and laxity.

Often associated with the menopause, this condition is caused by the decline in the hormone oestrogen. The consequences of loss of oestrogen in relation to the vagina are as follows:

  • weakness of the vagina lining, called the mucosa
  • dryness and itching
  • pain during sexual intercourse

As a leading female gynaecologist, Miss Amanda Tozer has a number of treatment options that can help to relieve this problem, but the recent FDA clearance for the MonaLisa Touch laser was of great interest.

This fractional CO2 laser rejuvenates the vagina by stimulating the production of collagen, hyaluronic acid, glycosaminoglycans and proteoglycans, all of which we lose during the menopause. The aim is restore younger, healthy, pre-menopausal tissue.

Added benefit: reversing mild urinary incontinence

A further benefit of the MonaLisa Touch is that it can be used to treat mild incontinence that is a common side effect of vaginal laxity. Recent studies have shown that the new, stimulated vaginal tissue can help re-establish the functionality of the urogenital structures. Reversing this problem can have a profound impact on quality of life for the sufferer.

What to expect from my MonaLisa Touch procedure?

The procedure is relatively painless; it is recommended to have three, three-minute laser sessions, four to six weeks apart. No anaesthetic is required and there might just be a slight discomfort immediately after your session. Miss Tozer will advise you on what to expect and how to look after yourself in the recovery period.

To find out more about MonaLisa Touch and its many benefits, call Miss Tozer’s practice manager Lynne Bowen on 020 7034 6240 or email