Tristan E. Bickman, MD
OB-GYN located in Santa Monica, CA
As a leading OB-GYN in the Santa Monica, CA, area, Dr. Bickman uses the state-of-the-art MonaLisa Touch laser system to reduce symptoms of vaginal dryness, painful intercourse, and chronic vaginal infections in women with vaginal atrophy and low levels of natural estrogen. The MonaLisa Touch also helps reduce symptoms of the following conditions: - urinary incontinence - vaginal laxity - vaginal pain and discomfort - vaginal irritation - vaginal itching - dyspareunia
MonaLisa Touch Q & A
What is vaginal atrophy?
Vaginal atrophy is a condition that occurs when a woman's natural estrogen levels drop, usually during menopause or while breastfeeding, causing the vaginal walls to become thin, dry and often inflamed. As the tissues atrophy, intercourse can become painful and natural sex drive can begin to decrease as a result. In addition to pain and discomfort, vaginal atrophy can also result in symptoms of incontinence and an increase in urinary tract infections.
What is the MonaLisa Touch?
The MonaLisa Touch is a painless procedure that uses a slim laser device inserted into the vagina to promote the production of collagen in the vaginal walls and restore the normal, healthy balance of the mucous membranes that line the vagina. The Mona Lisa laser was designed specifically for sensitive vagina tissues for maximum safety and optimal results. The procedure works without surgery or medications to help relieve symptoms associated with vaginal atrophy, and it can be performed right in the doctor's office.
How does the MonaLisa Touch work?
The MonaLisa Touch laser uses a special scanner to create tiny lesions in the vaginal wall that stimulate the production of collagen and help replenish the vaginal walls' natural mucosal balance. The collagen rebuilding process begins immediately and can last for weeks, relieving symptoms and regenerating the vaginal lining, helping tissues become tighter and more elastic and helping to restore the natural pH balance of the vaginal lining so the risk of infections is reduced.
How many treatments will I need?
Although just a single treatment can produce improvements in tone and elasticity, maximum results are achieved after three treatments spaced six weeks apart. Treatments are performed in Dr. Bickman's office, and no anesthesia is required. Following treatment, you'll be able to resume your normal activities right away.
Major Insurance Providers Accepted
Dr. Bickman accepts most types of health insurance. Below is a short list of in-network insurance plans. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed below.
Words from our patients
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"Dr Bickman is amazing! She was very helpful and was accessible anytime I had a question."
"She follows up with questions and tests and she is authentic! Dr Bickman has 5 children of her own so she has personal experience that she can relate to."
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"Dr. Bickman was calm and completely in control of a very scary situation and was able to coach me through a natural delivery of our perfect baby girl."
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"My favorite part about Bickman is how available she is. She emailed me personally after the first appointment. I never had to wait more than 24 hours for a response."
"She has a great bedside manner, she answers your questions, you don't feel rushed and overall, she makes you feel at ease."
"She's not full of fluff, Dr. Bickman is direct, to the point and has a way about presenting information that makes me feel reassured and confident."
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"I have been seeing Dr. Bickman for over 10 years now and can only say the best about her. Highly recommend her."
"Dr Bickman has 5 children of her own so she has personal experience that she can relate to her patients."