Noel Duplantier, a physician at Hancock Women's Center in Bay St. Louis, said she will be the first in South Mississippi to offer patients the MonaLisa Touch, a fractional carbon dioxide laser designed to address gynecological health.
This is the first laser being used to treat vaginal atrophy, a condition affecting primarily menopausal women, breast-cancer survivors and women who have undergone hysterectomies.
Symptoms are vaginal dryness and irritation, lack of moisture, painful intercourse, painful urination and loss of vaginal tone.
The laser treatment is painless, Duplantier said, and performed in an office in 2 to 3 minutes without anesthesia or medications. Treatment takes three sessions spaced six weeks apart.
"Physicians currently have a limited number of treatment options, and many patients cannot use standard therapies," Duplantier said. "This is why I am so excited to be the first to offer this to women who suffer from these very common irritating vaginal issues."