Ask the Expert: Dr. Gregory DeMeo, D.O. Q&A Topic: Mona Lisa Touch
What is Mona Lisa Touch?
Mona Lisa Touch is a groundbreaking technology that helps improve the lives of women who suffer from dyspareunia, a medical condition that describes painful intercourse. Painful intercourse may involve difficulty with penetration, failure to lubricate, or significant irritation during or after relations. This medical condition often leads to difficulty in relationships and marital discourse.
What causes dyspareunia?
Dyspareunia is often common in post-menopausal women. As women age, their ability to produce estrogen from their ovaries progressively diminishes. This decrease in production has a direct effect on vaginal health, leading to painful intercourse.
How has treatment for dyspareunia evolved?
For many years, the mainstay of therapy was the use of hormone replacement medications such as estrogen tablets or creams. While these medications often are quite safe, in some instances, they may pose a medical dilemma for patients with histories of blood clotting or breast cancer. In addition, many patients who are eligible to use the medications find them messy and expensive.
How does Mona Lisa Touch work?
Mona Lisa Touch came to the U.S. after numerous years of study in Europe. The concept of the therapy is the use of a fractionated CO2 laser, which when used properly, will cause injury to layers of tissue below the surface. When the body is injured, a self-healing process occurs, thus, the body repairs itself by promoting revitalization of collagen, stroma and neo-vascularization. In essence, the tissue once injured becomes healthier and renewed. In the vagina, this translates to improved function and less discomfort.
Is there any pain with Mona Lisa Touch?
The therapy is offered in the office and is essentially painless. Initially, it requires three treatments in the first year, with an additional single treatment yearly thereafter. Most patients achieve dramatic improvement after the first therapy, and are remarkably satisfied after the treatment is complete.
This therapy is also showing great promise for lichen sclerosus, a condition seen in all age categories that robs the skin of color and stretchability.
Contact First State Women’s Care for a consultation.
Board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. DeMeo has been practicing in the Wilmington and Newark communities since 1992. Dr. DeMeo is fully certified in DaVinci Robotic surgery and specializes in minimally invasive surgical techniques. In the past 10 years, he has held numerous leadership positions for The American Congress OB/GYN. He currently helps to represent ACOG at a national level regarding Medicare reimbursement. He is also the medical director of Christiana Care’s Labor and Delivery.
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