The Toenail Fungus Laser
Our technology allows us to provide our patients with an effective laser toenail fungus treatment without any medication, little discomfort, and with guaranteed results.
According to the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society, nearly 20 percent of Americans suffer from toenail fungus. As we get older, the number of people affected increases to nearly 75 percent. Most commonly, those individuals with toenail fungus have to deal with the disease on a cosmetic basis such as not wanting to wear open toed shoes in public. However, sometimes more serious infections can occur.
Common medical treatment includes long term prescriptions of medications like Lamisil, which can cause serious side effects such as gastrointestinal disorders, skin rashes, and even liver damage.
Modern laser technology has allowed us to provide an effective treatment for toenail fungus without any of the side effects associated with medication. By sending short and pain free pulses of high intensity laser light directly through the nail into the nail bed where the fungus resides, we are able to eradicate toenail fungus completely generally with only one or two treatments.
What is Toenail Fungus?
The most common form of toenail fungus is distal subungual onychomycosis usually caused by Trichophyton rubrum, a dermatophyte that invades the nail bed and underside of the nail plate. The main side effect of a toenail fungal infection is that the nails become yellowed and thickened. Sometimes the area around the infection can become itchy. After time, the toenail becomes brittle with jagged edges and can become deformed or detached from the nail bed. Trimming the thickened nail can become difficult, leading to increased pain when wearing shoes.
Many different types of fungi can infect a nail. In warm and moist environments such as showers, the fungus can thrive. These types of infections are more prone to happen to men than women and conditions such as diabetes, malnutrition, and circulation issues can cause a greater occurrence of the infection.
Due to the location of the infection, topical creams are usually not effective. Prescription medications can lead to serious health risks and are only effective in a small percentage of users. Many patients undergo years of medication and treatment without the finding relief they want.
Alternatively, toenail fungus laser treatment kills fungus directly beneath the nail bed.
How Laser Treatment Works
During toenail fungus treatment, intense pulses of laser energy are applied to the entire area of each infected nail. The laser energy penetrates through the nail plate to heat up and kill the fungus hiding in the nail bed.
The procedure typically lasts 10 to 20 minutes, depending on if both feet undergo treatment. The laser pulses cause virtually no pain for patients, although they may feel a slight warming sensation.
It typically takes a 1 to 3 laser treatments to completely kill the fungal colony and restore nails to good health.
The laser pulses immediately kill the fungus, and the newly healthy nail is apparent when the old nail grows out, which takes a few months. Patients typically do not mind waiting to see the results, as they understand that laser treatment is still the best solution to toenail fungus.
How long does the average toenail fungus treatment take?
Our laser treatment of toenail fungus is very quick. Even while needing to treat two feet, the procedure typically takes less than half an hour.
Is it painful?
None of the patients we’ve treated have reported any pain or discomfort. Usually the most common feeling is a bit of warmth at the nail being treated.
How many treatments will I need?
As with any of our procedures, the number of treatment depends on your own immune system. Typically the average person will need two to three treatments spread out over 6 months to achieve complete eradication of toenail fungus.
Are there any aftercare instructions?
The procedure is quick and there are no restrictions on physical activity after treatment. There are, however, some post procedure aftercare instructions we provide to ensure the fungus doesn’t come back. These recommendations include purchasing new shoes, disinfecting all of your footwear daily, and bleaching bedsheets and bathtubs, just to name a few. Our job is to kill the fungus. It is up to you to keep it from returning.
Is there anything I can do to achieve results faster?
We’ve found that patients who have their affected toenails ground down and trimmed by a dermatologist prior to receiving laser treatment typically can experience faster results with less treatment. A thinner nail allows the laser beam to penetrate the fungus more intensely.
How much does it cost?
Our toenail fungus treatment pricing is simple – $500 for one foot, $800 for both. This is the total price you’ll pay regardless of the number of treatments you’ll receive. When you factor in the cost of dermatological visits, prescription refills, and the potential for serious negative health effects from the long term use of medications, our price cannot be beat.