While lasers may seem scary to some, they use safe light energy and are used daily for cosmetic procedures. Now that same state-of-the-art technology can be used to treat toenail fungus. This safe and painless laser treatment irradiates the fungus and kills it without any damage to surrounding nail or skin.
You can visit our office where you will be evaluated as a potential candidate for care. The laser treatment will take about 20 minutes to treat both feet. As each toe is treated by the laser you will feel a mild, warming sensation. Many times, only one treatment is necessary.
Shoes and nail polish can be worn immediately after treatment. We will discuss post treatment care to avoid fungal re-infection.
Significant improvement can be seen over one year, but many times you will notice results within 2-4 months, depending on how quickly your toenails grow. New, clear growth begins to appear at the bottom portion of your nail as the diseased portion of your nail grows out.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the laser treatment painful?
There is no need for anesthesia or painkillers. There might be a slight sensation of heat, but that subsides quickly. The laser light passes through the toenail without damaging the surrounding skin.
Does this laser treatment work!
Studies show that laser fungal treatments clear the nail of fungus as well or better than other treatments. The benefit of laser care is that only one treatment may be necessary.
What IS nail fungus?
A fungus is an organism that lives in warm moist areas. Fungus of the toenails is a common problem that can affect people of all ages, although it most commonly affects individuals who are older. Toenail fungus often begins as an infection in the skin called tinea pedis (also known as athlete's foot). Over time it grows underneath the nail and causes changes to its appearance, such as a yellow or brownish discoloration.
Is this covered by my insurance!
This procedure is considered aesthetic and therefore health insurance does not provide coverage. You can ask your employer if you can use your Health Savings account or medical cafeteria plan for payment.
Laser Treatments for Nail Fungus
Do you have discolored thick toenails? Are you embarrassed to show your nails in public? If so, then we can help. One of the first in the country to use laser therapy to treat fungal discolored nails, we are at the forefront of laser nail care, successfully treating Onychomycosis painlessly with this new technology.
Before the advent of laser treatment, the only products available to treat this condition were strong medications that can cause liver damage and largely ineffective liquids and creams that are time consuming to apply. The laser procedure is a quick, easy, safe and highly effective procedure that treats the fungus at the source. We welcome you to stop by for a consultation to find out if you are a good candidate for nail fungus treatment.
You too, can have clear nails in a ZAP!