Laser Treatment for Toenail Fungus
Pricing: 5 Toes – $299 | 10 Toes – $399
How does the laser treatment work?
Our doctors use a Q-Switched NdYAG laser which is one of the most advanced dermatologic lasers currently available. IN 3-10 billionths of a second, impulses of high power laser energy pass through the nail to the nail bed and nail growth area with typically no damage to the nail or surrounding skin. At the time of the procedure the fungus is expected to be destroyed. However, no visible change is seen until the nail begins to grow out. In a few months, a more normal nil begins to grow out. In a few months, a more normal nail is expected to appear with complete regrowth of nail taking up to 9-12 months.
What is the Recovery Period?
No post treatment pain has been reported. You may resume all normal activities immediately. If you have any problems or questions, please contact our office.
Is the Procedure Painful?
Most people do not feel any pain. Some patients may experience slight warmth or occasional snapping sensation during the procedure. If you have any pain during the procedure, the laser power can be decreased slightly to eliminate any pain. No anesthesia is needed.
How long does the procedure take?
The amount of time varies on the degree of involvement of the nails. Very thick nails are mechanically reduced to a more normal thickness with specialized equipment. The laser is then applied typically taking only a few minutes. Overall, a visit for consultation and treatment will usually take about 30 minutes.
Can the fungus return or not go away?
The fungal infection is expected to improve with just one treatment. Clinical reports to date have been encouraging with most patients noticing significant improvement. As with all medical procedures, a 100%guarntee is not possible. In Addition, since fungus is present everywhere in the environment, reinfection may occur. Your doctor can recommend preventive strategies to reduce the chance of reinfection. Changing socks and shoes frequently is helpful, as well as controlling excessive perspiration if present.
Can I polish my nails or have a pedicure?
You can apply polish to the nail immediately after the laser treatment. However it is important to remove all nail polish to your treatment.
Is the laser treatment covered by my health insurance?
No, the procedure is considered cosmetic, and is not covered by health insurance.