MonaLisa Touch Specialist

Kay Elledge, MD, FACOG

Gynecologist & Medical Director located in South Bay, Torrance, CA

Dr. Elledge is a leading gynecologist who serves patients throughout the South Bay, Torrance, Carson, and Greater Los Angeles areas. At her practice, Dr. Elledge offers women treatment of vaginal problems related to hormonal fluctuations. Using the Mona Lisa Touch system, Dr. Elledge can assist to alleviate discomfort and restore normal vaginal function from her office in Torrance, CA.

MonaLisa Touch Q & A

What is the Mona Lisa Touch?

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The Mona Lisa Touch system is a groundbreaking laser treatment designed to restore vaginal function and alleviate discomfort which can accompany hormonal changes, such as menopause. This procedure can treat the symptoms of vaginal atrophy, laxity, and urinary incontinence including burning, itching, and dryness by employing a minimally-invasive CO2 laser. The Mona Lisa Touch stimulates natural collagen production and the rehydrating the vaginal walls, effectively reducing discomfort and reversing vaginal atrophy.

Who can benefit from the procedure?

Women diagnosed with vaginal atrophy as a result of hormonal changes, breast cancer survivors, and those who have had a hysterectomy often find the procedure beneficial. Often, the symptoms, especially pain during intercourse and urinary pain, are very distressing and can be alleviated with the Mona Lisa Touch system. The system is also ideal for women who do not wish to use hormone replacement therapy or have surgery performed.

What conditions can the Mona Lisa Touch treat?

For women, hormonal changes are a part of life. Unfortunately, these changes can cause symptoms which are less than pleasant. When estrogen levels taper off as a result of menopause, breast feeding, hysterectomies, or cancer treatments these side effects frequently present and can interfere with everyday life. Mona Lisa Touch therapy can treat:

  • Pain with intercourse and urination
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Irritation
  • Itching

What happens during the procedure? Is it safe?

To begin the procedure, a special fractional CO2 laser is employed. This laser has been created specifically for applications in gynecology. No anesthesia will be needed and treatments will take about five minutes. The Mona Lisa treatment is very safe and approved by the FDA. For the best results, three treatments should be administered approximately six weeks apart. The procedure should not cause discomfort and it can be performed at the annual well-woman exam.

What will recovery be like?

As soon as the procedure is complete, patients should be able to go home. For approximately two to three days, sexual activity should be avoided. Following this time, women can go back to their everyday routine. For most women, a noticeable change is apparent after the initial treatment.

Women dealing with these symptoms can visit the office for a consultation with Dr. Elledge.