As women age and approach the menopause years in their late 40’s and early 50’s, estrogen levels rapidly decline. The result is a long list of changes that may affect women’s overall health and quality of life. These may include painful vulvar and vaginal dryness with intercourse, urinary frequency and incontinence, and relaxation of the vaginal walls. For decades, the treatments for these conditions tended to center around hormone replacement therapy with various forms of estrogen. However, many women fail to respond to estrogen, are reluctant to use any form of estrogen due to potential risks, or may be prohibited from using estrogen as instructed by their physicians. There were few if any other effective options for these women . . . until now.
MonaLisa Touch is an innovative laser procedure, designed and produced by DEKA (Italy), that delivers fractional C02 laser energy to the vaginal wall tissue. This is the same type of laser technology used in many facial “rejuvenation procedures” performed by dermatologists and plastic surgeons, so it has already been studied extensively and deemed safe for sensitive parts of the body. The Mona Lisa Touch procedure offers significant advantages over current treatment options as it addresses the issues that cause vaginal dryness and pain, rather than simply working on the symptoms.
The Science: How Does It Work? The MonaLisa Touch laser stimulates fibroblast cells in the vaginal tissue to promote a natural regeneration process, mainly by increasing the formation of collagen and other important “building block” molecules, and by restoring the pre-
menopausal blood supply. In as little as 30 days after treatment there is formation of new tissue in the vaginal walls and the protective mucosa recovers volume, hydration and elasticity. The MonaLisa Touch creates longer-lasting relief than current treatments and offers a safe and a life-changing option for patient groups who were previously not suitable for existing treatments.
Who Is It For? Any woman suffering from painful vaginal dryness and it’s associated symptoms – women who have had their ovaries removed, menopausal women, breast cancer survivors and all other women who are prohibited from using estrogen products Is it Safe? It is FDA approved, and has been proven clinically effective and safe in numerous studies by leading researchers in the United States and around the world.
What Should I Expect on the Day of My Appointment? The MonaLisa Touch procedure is performed in an office environment without the need for anesthesia and with virtually no pain or side effects. It is quick (it takes approximately 5 minutes), resulting in virtually no down time. It is able to yield noticeable results after the first treatment (3 treatments are recommended). Most patients are able to return to their daily routines immediately.
Max L. Kamerman,
Dr. Kamerman has been practicing Obstetrics and Gynecology in Naples since July, 2003. Dr. Kamerman is originally from Miami, FL, and relocated to Naples upon completing his
specialty training at The George Washington University Medical Center in Washington, DC.
His areas of interest include high risk obstetrics, basic infertility, and advanced pelvic surgery for women.
Dr. Kamerman enjoys saltwater sportfishing, boating, and travel.
• Bachelor of Arts Duke University, Durham, NC (1993)
• Doctor of Medicine Ponce School of Medicine, Ponce, PR (1999)
• Internship The George Washington University Medical Center, Washington, DC (1999-2000)
• Residency The George Washington University Medical Center, Washington, DC (2000-2003)
• Active State Licensure Florida
• Active Staff Member Naples Community Hospital and North Collier Hospital
• Board Certified American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (2005)
Karysse J. Trandem,
Dr. Trandem has been practicing Obstetrics and Gynecology since July 2012. Dr. Trandem is originally from Minneapolis, MN and relocated to Naples after practicing for 2 years in Grand Rapids, MN.
Her areas of interest include abnormal vaginal bleeding, minimally-invasive surgery, advanced pelvic surgery, pregnancy, and pelvic organ prolapse. Outside of the office and operating room, Dr. Trandem loves to participate in medical missions and research around the world, the performing arts, and any beach or church activity!
• Bachelor of Science, Bethel University, St. Paul, MN (2001)
• Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, A.T. Still University, Kirksville, MO (2008)
• Internship, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN (2008-2009)
• Residency, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN (2008-2012)
• Active State Licensure, Florida and Minnesota
• Active Staff Member, Naples Community Hospital, North Collier Hospital
• Board Certified, American Osteopathic Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology (2012)