MonaLisa Touch Specialist

Gary Willen, MD, MBA -  - Gynecologist

Tahoe Women's Care

Gary Willen, MD, MBA

Gynecologist located in Carson City, NV

You don’t have to resign yourself to living with vaginal dryness and discomfort as the natural result of life changes. Gary F. Willen, MD, provides the MonaLisa Touch® vaginal rejuvenation procedure at Tahoe Women’s Care. It encourages collagen production to help restore lubrication and elasticity. Contact the Carson City, Nevada, clinic online or by phone to set up a consultation to discuss treatment.

MonaLisa Touch Q & A

What is vaginal atrophy?

Vaginal atrophy is the thinning, inflammation, lost elasticity, or dryness in the vaginal walls. The dip in estrogen levels during menopause, following oophorectomy, after cancer treatment, or from aging contribute to vaginal changes. Vaginal atrophy can cause:

  • Urinary incontinence
  • Painful intercourse
  • Vaginal dryness

How does the MonaLisa Touch help with vaginal atrophy?

The MonaLisa Touch works by directing specially-calibrated lasers at the vaginal walls. These lasers increase blood flow to the area, stimulating collagen production and tissue regeneration. Collagen helps restore tissue elasticity and enhance lubrication. The process also helps restore optimal vaginal pH levels.

What is the MonaLisa Touch procedure like?

During this quick five-minute in-office procedure, Dr. Willen uses a special laser wand to enhance vaginal function. You get to rest comfortably on the exam table with your legs in stirrups.

Dr. Willen then inserts the laser wand into your vagina and maneuvers it, directing the laser pulses at the vaginal walls. He maneuvers the probe down the length of the vagina one centimeter at a time.

The non-invasive, painless procedure requires no anesthesia, but some women notice a slight tingling sensation from the lasers.

What happens after the vaginal rejuvenation therapy?

The MonaLisa Touch procedure doesn’t require any recovery time so that you can return to your regular activities. You may experience some brief, minor swelling or discomfort after the procedure, but you should feel fully restored within a day or two.

You won’t be able to have sex, take hot baths, or exercise for up to five days afterward. It takes about a month to notice changes, at which time you should recognize enhanced lubrication and tightness.

Dr. Willen may recommend up to two more procedures, spaced about six weeks apart for optimal results. Then, you can schedule treatments once every year after that for maintenance.

If you would like to discuss the MonaLisa Touch with the professionals at Tahoe Women’s Care, book an appointment online or by phone or schedule a free consultation.

Click here for more information on MonaLisa Touch

*Individual results may vary