Mona Lisa Smile

The Mona Lisa Touch is a new vaginal laser therapy available for the first time in the Western Cape, and provides much anticipated relief for women everywhere, at all stages of life

Women are finally being given something they’ve needed for a host of reasons.

  • Loss of sensation
  • Itching in an awkward spot
  • Burning
  • Painful sex

These are all symptoms which many women recognise. Chelsea Clinic and Spa have responded to the need by now launching the new era in vaginal rejuvenation.

Chelsea Clinic and Spa is the sole agent in the Western Cape of the ‘Mona Lisa’, the very latest in a new generation of laser machines offering a therapy for women who up until now faced a void if they wanted to restore sexual function or alleviate incontinence.

Lasers have altered the way we do things and now they are solving the concerns patients and clients have with surgery.

Used to treat vaginal laxity, discomfort and incontinence in a painless, discreet and cost-effective way, the Mona Lisa is alone in its class in Cape Town with a 360o beam yielding greater accuracy than its predecessor’s limited 90o range. Scientists and specialists in Italy have found that laser therapy eliminates the cost, inconvenience and anxiety of surgery.

This long-awaited support is available in a 5-minute, elective treatment without side effects or downtime and is carried out by a medical doctor at the Chelsea Clinic and Spa in Wynberg. It’s a safe, fast and painless treatment which is effective immediately, with results improving dramatically after each of the recommended three initial visits.

Lasers are already widely used and popular in the beauty aesthetics industry to rejuvenate and enhance the skin’s elasticity, firmness and tone. Uro-gynaecological specialists in Pavia, Italy have developed a method to do the same for common vaginal symptoms. According to Dr Mickey Karram at The Christ Hospital, Cincinnati, USA, the Mona Lisa Touch R is a “game changer … I was very willing to try this because it’s a huge need … patients had improved moisture, less pain, less pressure … 100% of our patients have had improvements.”

Dr Suleman (far right) with Chelsea Spa therapists

In her rooms at Chelsea Clinic, Dr Shaamilah Suleman MBChB (UCT) said, “I’m excited about finally being able to assist so many of my patients, who have been waiting for something to help restore what they have lost, and to alleviate anxiety.” She said the applicator is introduced internally, is a painless procedure which stimulates the vaginal mucosa helping to tone, reshape and regulate vaginal degeneration often caused by a drop in oestroegen, and it also helps to restore the healthy functioning of the tissues.

Dr Stefano Salvatore, et al, Head of Urogynaecology IRCCS San Raffaele Hospital and University Vita e Salute, Milan, Italy and President of the European Urogynaecological Association, reports that 17 out of 20 postmenopausal women who had not been sexually active at the beginning of the tests, said their sex lives returned to normal, with increased sensation and response after 3 treatments over 12 weeks.

The Mona Lisa works by delicately and safely stimulating the tissue improving elasticity and stimulating collagen.

This is welcome news for women of all ages around the world who have been troubled by common vaginal complaints. Laser therapy is the modern alternative to surgery with its attendant risk and loss of time. Symptoms ranging from dryness and laxity, natural ageing and stress urinary incontinence can now be treated therapeutically without invasive surgery, anaesthesia, possible pain or post-recovery complications.

“I started going through menopause 8 years ago and it became difficult to have intercourse with my husband. No therapy was effective. I almost didn’t feel like a woman anymore … I feel really good now … accept (menopause) less passively and discover you are a woman again,” Floriana, a 57 year old Italian, echoes a common complaint. Natural ageing of the vaginal tract causes physiological and psychological problems for women and studies at the Department of Gynaecology at the San Raffaele Hospital (Milan, Italy) report a significant 90% improvement in laxity and a 72% improvement in dyspareunia – painful sexual intercourse – after three sessions of treatment.

There isn’t any interference with the endocrine system and laser treatments look set to be a welcome solution for women reluctant or unable to use traditional oral or patch Hormonal Replacement Therapy, such as post-cancer patients[1].

Wear and tear of the vaginal tract causes physical and psychological problems for many women, so for anyone who has tried all other available alternatives, with little success, the Mona Lisa is an answer to a prayer.

With feminine sexual health and wellbeing being part of a larger worldwide trend, the challenge is to find a less aggressive approach to treatment. This well-researched option changes the quality of life for many women who up until now have quietly borne the frustration, pain and loss of confidence. Melanie Garthwaite, who started Chelsea Clinic and Spa over 30 years ago, understands this only too well. She has shared the anguish with her clients, so she researched advanced methods of non-drug and non-surgical solutions.

As loyal followers know, Chelsea is a trusted name in aesthetic care in Cape Town. A highly-trained team of professionals are acknowledged experts in their field and Chelsea consistently research and deliver the latest technology with results equal to the best in capitals around the world.

And coming soon, for the many women looking for a non-surgical way to enhance the outer labia of their vaginas, the Mona Lisa is to be joined by a counterpart laser which reshapes, reduces pigmentation and rejuvenates appearance.

To find out more, please contact:

Tel 021797 5001


51A Waterloo Road, Wynberg, Cape Town




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