Feel good being barefoot again! Get rid of unsightly and uncomfortable toenail fungus with our Laser Nail Fungus removal treatment plan. Laser toenail fungus treatment is a safe, effective, and no-pain procedure that takes up to 30 minutes.
What Is Toenail Fungus (Onychomycosis)? Toenail fungus is a condition that causes the toenails to thicken and turn a yellow or cloudy color. Long-term exposure to moist environments is the leading cause of toenail fungus. If left untreated, toenail fungus can lead to serious infections, as the fungus services on eating your skin and nails. Examples of moist environments where toenail fungus lives includes: swimming pools, inside of shoes, communal showers, spas, gyms. Toenail fungus begins on the nail but if left untreated, it can work its way under the nail and damage the nail and skin.
How Does Toenail Fungus Laser Treatment Work? Laser treatments for toenail fungus work by shining a focused beam of light in a narrow range into a toenail infected with toenail fungus. The laser penetrates the toenail in a few billionths of a second, pulses of high power laser energy pass through the nail (nail plate) to the nail bed and nail growth area, killing the fungus instantaneously. No visible change will be seen immediately, but as the nail grows out over 3-6 months, the patient will begin to see clear nail. One treatment with a subsequent follow up treatment 3-6 months after if necessary is all most patients require. The toenail in particular grows rather slowly, so for the full nail to grow out will often take 6-12 months.
Is Toenail Fungus Laser Treatment Painful? In most cases, patients may feel slight warming or pressure during the laser toenail fungus treatment procedure and no pain whatsoever. Also, as the laser light hits the nail plate, it can create a harmless “snapping” sound. Every patient at our clinic has been able to complete the procedure easily without anesthesia or numbing agents, however might experience minimal discomfort during treatment.
How Long Does The Toenail Fungus Treatment Procedure Take? Our laser is exceptionally fast, so laser treatments are completed up to 15 minutes. The duration of the procedure varies based on the severity of the condition and the size of the toenails.
Is There Any Down Time After Receiving The Treatment? You will not feel pain or anything unusual after the treatment is complete, and all normal activities can be resumed immediately. Your treatment provider will discuss aftercare instructions for you to achieve optimal results and prevent re-infection.
Is This A Safe Effective Way To Removal Toenail Fungus? The studies on laser treatment for toenail fungus are extremely encouraging, and to date, no known side effects have been found. Long-term effects for laser treatment for toenail fungus are promising. Coupled with good hygiene of the toes, and follow up treatment with a topical anti-fungal oil, patients should experience good, long-term result in the elimination of the toe nail fungus.
Is It Safe To Paint My Toenails After The Treatment? It is important to remove all toenail polish before the laser treatment, but yes, you can paint your toenails immediately after the procedure. It is best to use a new bottle of nail polish so there is no risk of fungal re-infection.
Does Health Insurance Cover The Laser Treatment? Because this procedure is considered “cosmetic” by health insurance companies, insurance does not provide coverage.
How Much Does Laser Treatment Cost? The cost varies depending on the number of nails involved and severity of the infection.