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LASER TREATMENT FOR FUNGAL TOENAILS

  • Safe & Effective 
  • Patented laser technology kills the pathogens that cause toenail fungus
  • Gentle laser light works through the nail and does not harm the nail or skin
  • Proven Clinical Results 80-85% effective
  • Quick, in-office procedure
  • Treatment takes only 20 minutes, walk in and walk out pain free
  • No downtime from regular activities
  • Shoes and nail polish can be worn immediately after treatment
  • Great alternative to prescription medications

The most common cause of brittle yellowing nails is fungal infection. Over 35 million Americans have fungal nail infections. Fungi are dermatophytes that feed on nail keratin. These organisms propagate in a warm, dark and moist environment. There is no better place for nail fungus to reside and infect toes than in shoes. Infected nails have yellowing or white spots on the nails. As the infection develops, nails will get thicker, further discolor and fracture. Progressive infection of additional nails is common.

  • Thickening of the nail
  • Build-up of debris under the nail
  • Changes in texture, loss of shine and clarity
  • Brittleness and crumbling at the edges of the nail
  • Small separations of the nail plate from the nail bed

The use of laser in podiatry is not new. For years lasers have been used safely on the foot for several conditions. Although the 1064 laser is FDA approved for the temporary clearing of nails, new lasers are now being used to treat nail fungus. These lasers have some advantages and are approved by the FDA for many other treatments but laser treatment of nail fungus is considered an "off label use".

The ability of the 1064 laser energy to gently heat the nail bed makes it ideal for the safe and effective desired result of nail clearing. The effects of 1064 nanometer laser energy on nail fungi are two fold and understood in relation to cellular chemical reactions within fungal cells that are necessary for fungal growth and survival. The photo-thermal effect changes cellular metabolism and at increased temperature (42°C), cell components are damaged and metabolism is altered. The full effect of 1064 laser energy is not fully understood but there is thought to be a photo-chemical effect that further compromises fungal cell enzymes and proteins. Lipids in cell membranes are changed in structure and their function of protecting and regulating the internal environment of the cell becomes further compromised resulting in fungal death and nail clearance.

Podiatrists experienced with clinically treating onychomycosis have come to the conclusion that the treatment of fungal nails is a process and the prevention of reinfection is critical to achieving success.

Laser is an excellent choice for patients who do not want to risk taking oral medications.


Toenail being treated with laser


Before / After - 1 month after 1 treatment


Before / After - 3 months after 1 treatment


WHAT TO EXPECT

Your toenails will be cleaned and filed prior to the laser treatment. As each toe is treated with the laser you will feel a mild, warming sensation. The laser treatment will take about 20 minutes to treat both feet and there is usually no discomfort after the treatment. Our doctor will discuss post-treatment care to avoid fungal re-infection.

New, clear growth begins to appear at the bottom portion of your nail as the diseased portion of the nail grows out. Final results achieved when nail is fully grown out.

You may return to your normal daily routine immediately after your toenail treatment, including painting your nails or pedicure treatments.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Is the treatment safe?

Clinical studies have shown no adverse reactions, injuries, disabilities or side effects following treatment. There are no age limitations or health restrictions for Laser fungus toenail treatment.

Does it really work?

Clinical studies have shown the treatment to be 89-90% effective in killing the fungus. After 2-4 treatments patients grew out normal looking nails in 3-12 months depending on the extent of the infection. You can expect the same results if you have a healthy nail bed.

Will the Fungus come back?

The fungus under the toenail is killed after 2-4 treatments and clinical studies have shown a vey low recurrence rate (5-10%). The doctor will recommend care and prevention techniques to reduce the chance of re-infection following treatment. However just like any other infection there is a chance of re-infection because the fungus is present everywhere in our environment.

How does the laser work?

The laser is a specially designed light beam that passes through the toenail to the fungus which is then killed by the heat of the laser. There is no damage to the nail or surrounding tissue.

Is the procedure painful?

There is no discomfort associated with the treatment during or after. Some people feel a mild warming sensation under the toenail.

How long does the procedure take?

Typically the visit will last 20 - 30 minutes. Cutting or thinning of the nail may be required in some instances. Treatment by the laser itself will take about 10-15 minutes. The remainder of the visit will include discussion with the doctor about prevention of re-infection.

What can I expect after treatment?

There is no recovery period following treatment. You will walk out of the office just as well as you walked in. All types of shoes can be worn immediately with no effect in your daily activity. Nail polish can also be used immediately after treatment. It is important to remove polish the day of treatment.