Urinary Incontinence Specialist

Elizabeth Piantanida, MD -  - Board Certified Dermatologist

Skin MD Colorado

Elizabeth Piantanida, MD

Board Certified Dermatologist located in Colorado Springs, CO

Urinary incontinence is surprisingly common in adults, especially in women as they enter menopause. In fact, two-thirds of all adults with urinary incontinence are women. The team at Skin MD Colorado. can help you find relief by rejuvenating tissues that are weakened due to loss of estrogen during menopause. Call the office in Colorado Springs, Colorado, to learn about advanced laser treatment with the MonaLisa Touch®, or schedule an appointment online for a consultation.

Urinary Incontinence Q & A

What is urinary incontinence?

Urinary incontinence is a condition in which you accidentally leak urine. You may be aware of two common types: stress incontinence and urge incontinence. Many women don’t realize that urinary incontinence also frequently develops after menopause.

How does menopause affect urinary incontinence?

Your body needs estrogen to keep the muscles and tissues in the urinary tract healthy. When your ovaries stop producing estrogen, tissues deteriorate, losing strength, moisture, and blood supply.

The tube that carries urine away from the bladder (urethra) often become dry, inflamed, or irritated following menopause. Lack of estrogen weakens the bladder and the urethra. All of the changes caused by loss of estrogen make it hard for your urinary tract to control urination.

How can the MonaLisa Touch treat urinary incontinence?

The MonaLisa Touch is a laser treatment primarily designed to rejuvenate vaginal tissues affected by aging and to treat vaginal atrophy caused by loss of estrogen during menopause. It may also help relieve minor cases of urinary incontinence as the laser triggers collagen production and boosts blood supply. After three treatments with the MonaLisa Touch, patients may see a 42-44% improvement in stress and urge incontinence.

What should you do before treatment with the MonaLisa Touch?

Before scheduling treatment with MonaLisa Touch, you should get a thorough examination to rule out other possible causes of urinary incontinence. Your incontinence could be temporarily caused by foods and drinks that stimulate your bladder. In addition to aging and hormonal changes, persistent urinary incontinence may be caused by a blockage or pelvic organ prolapse.

What happens during and after treatment?

Treatment with the MonaLisa Touch doesn’t require a local anesthetic because it’s painless. The procedure only takes about five minutes, then you can return to your normal activities without worrying about downtime. Most people don’t have any side effects, but you’ll need to avoid sexual intercourse for a few days to give tissues time to heal.

The team at Enliven have years of experience helping women with urinary incontinence and other vaginal issues related to aging and menopause. Please don’t hesitate to call their office if you have any questions -- they’re available to help.

*Individual results may vary.