The decline in estrogen levels associated with menopause and cancer treatments can cause distressing symptoms in women: vaginal atrophy, dryness, and itching, and painful intercourse, among many others.
Over the years, experts have developed a variety of treatments to combat these side effects, giving women life-changing results. Among these treatments are the ThermiVA and the Mona Lisa Touch.
Read further to learn about the differences between these two innovative treatment modalities and which one may be suitable for you.
Mona Lisa Touch
Approved by the FDA in 2014, Mona Lisa Touch is an in-office, laser-assisted vaginal rejuvenation procedure that regenerates vaginal tissue and structure by boosting the production of collagen and improving the vascularity of the mucosa.
Mona Lisa Touch is a well-tolerated procedure with minimal side effects, and most women experience some improvement in their symptoms right after the first treatment.
Benefits of Mona Lisa Touch include the following:
- Enhanced intimacy by decreasing pain during intercourse
- Increased vaginal lubrication
- Improvement in symptoms of urinary incontinence due to collagen regrowth
- Reduced risk of chronic urinary tract infections
ThermiVA treatment is another in-office vaginal rejuvenation procedure that utilizes radiofrequency technology to boost collagen production and shrinkage and tightening of vaginal tissues.
The benefits of ThermiVA include the following:
- Reduced bladder leakage and pain during intercourse
- Increased vaginal lubrication
- Reduces pain during intercourse
- Vaginal skin tightening and smoothening
Differences Between ThermiVA and Mona Lisa Touch
While ThermiVA and Mona Lisa Touch are both minimally invasive procedures and have a similar goal, which is to treat vaginal laxity, lubrication issues, and urinary incontinence, the two procedures have significant differences, as discussed below:
- Mona Lisa Touch involves three treatment sessions of 5 minutes each, while ThermiVA also requires three treatment sessions, but for 30 minutes each.
- The maintenance treatment for Mona Lisa Touch is needed every 12 months; ThermiVA maintenance treatments are needed between 8 and 12 months.
- The purpose of the Mona Lisa Touch is not to change the appearance of the vagina, labia majora, or labia minora, but to increase lubrication and sensation as well as to decrease symptoms related to reduced estrogen levels. ThermiVa, on the other hand, tightens areas while enhancing the vagina’s appearance, sensation, and functionality.
- Mona Lisa Touch and ThermiVA use different types of energy: the former uses a laser, while the latter uses heat. The side effects of Mona Lisa are minimal, with some women experiencing only mild spotting with it. Some women who had ThermiVA, on the other hand, reported cases of blisters and burns on the site of treatment.
Your gynecologist will do a thorough assessment of your symptoms and recommend the suitable option for you based on your budget and personal preferences, treatment goals, and lifestyle.
Mona Lisa Touch in Miami, FL
At Levin’s Women’s Health and Wellness Center, our board-certified gynecologists are all committed to helping the women in our community feel great about themselves. We offer non-surgical and surgical vaginal rejuvenation procedures, such as Mona Lisa Touch and labiaplasty, helping women restore their confidence, reinvigorate their sex life, and improve their health and overall well-being.