Laser Toenail Fungus Procedure & Overview
Laser treatment for toenail fungus is a recent treatment option for a toenail infected with fungus (onychomycosis). Laser fungus toenail treatments do not cause cuts or burns and thus has the advantage of patients being treated without reported discomfort. The laser energy passes through the nail and vaporizes fungus in the nail bed and nail plate; the laser energy kills the fungus that is responsible for infection.
Studies on laser treatment for toenail fungus are extremely encouraging, and to date, no known side effects have been found. Long-term effects, coupled with good hygiene of the toes, follow up treatment with a topical and patients should experience good, long-term result in the elimination of the toe nail fungus.
Laser nail fungus treatment procedure surpasses those of the more dangerous medications with an effective success rate around 80% in clinical studies.
How many treatments does it usually take to rid a nail of fungus?
This depends on the severity of the infection with patients needing one to three treatments.
How soon will I see results?
Slowly over a period of 3 months, patients can expect to see improvement in their nails at a rate consistent with that of the new nail growth. We typically schedule your followup treatments for that time frame.
What if I have only one toenail that needs treatment?
We treat all toenails on the same foot, regardless of whether they demonstrate outward signs of infection to prevent occurrence of infection or re-infection.
What is the success rate with one treatment?
The success rate for laser toe fungus treatment is between 70% & 80% - a common results found from this type of treatment. The number of treatments depends on the severity of the infection, patients may need from one to three treatments.
BARELaser is achieving significant results from our clients who adhere to our specific program. Ask us about our post-treatment oil.
Can I use nail polish on my toes during or after the treatment?
You need to have the nail polish removed for the treatment. It's recommended that you hold off on nail polish following the treatment for two weeks.
Fingernail Fungus - Can this be used to treat a fingernail instead of a toe nail?
This can be similar and we can treat this type of fungus. Please give us a call to discuss and the issue and treatment at 720.626.0267
Is there any guarantee?
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. Our laser is FDA approved and we are fully certified and credentialed for this type of treatment. In addition to our certified laser specialists, we have a registered nurse and medical director on staff.
Is there any down time after receiving the treatment on all the toe nails?
There is no downtime following the procedure. You can go about your daily schedule immediately following the visit!
How does the nail fungus laser work?
A toenail fungus laser works by shining a focused beam of light in a narrow range, more commonly known as a laser, into a toenail infected with fungus (onychomycosis). The laser penetrates the toenail and vaporizes fungus embedded in the nail bed and nail plate where toenail fungus exists. The toenail fungus targeted laser is tuned to a specific frequency that effects cells that are responsible for infection.
Is toenail laser treatment painful?
The focused, targeted laser light beam will have no effect on healthy tissue, and will only target the infected areas. A patient undergoing laser nail treatment for fungus removal procedures should experience no discomfort during or after the treatment.
How long does the toenail laser treatment take?
It takes approximately 15 minutes to treat an infected toe's fungus. If you have more than one toe infected with toenail fungus, it may take longer.
How soon will I see improvement to my toenails after treatment with a laser?
On average, any toenail will replace itself every 6 to 9 months through natural growth. Healthy new growth will be visible within the first 3 months as the new nail replaces the old. However, follow up treatment with our anti-fungal oil has shown an increase of up to 100% in the speed of healthy nail replacement.
Is the laser toenail fungus treatment safe?
In clinical studies on a variety of lasers there have been no adverse reactions, injuries, disabilities or known side effects from use of lasers to treat toenail fungus infection. As you may know, the use of oral nail fungus medication available today for treatment of fungus nails carries with it possible systemic involvement (commonly the liver and kidney). This laser toenail treatment does not.
Do I have to take any drugs as part of the laser toenail fungus treatment?
No. No drugs or topical ointments are required. Some doctors may prescribe topical or oral medication in conjunction with treatment depending on your situation and their diagnosis, again only a physician can make a diagnosis and determine the treatment for your toenail fungus infection.
Will I be able to walk after laser toenail fungus treatment?
You will be able to walk out of the office just as well as you walked in, you might even have a smile on your face. The laser toenail fungus treatment will not harm you in any way. Toenails are dead cells, the laser targets living fungus inside the nail. During the procedure a technician will ask you to indicate any discomfort, and if it is felt will adjust the laser treatment accordingly. Please note that each physician will determine the specific course of action depending on their diagnosis and the equipment involved.
What is the cost for laser toenail treatment?
Cost vary by factors such as the severity of the infection, thickness of nails and location of the center. We offer a standard list price on our website, however it's important to contact us at 720.626.0267 to discuss any specials or packages we may be offering!
Does my insurance pay for this?
Currently the laser toenail fungus procedure is not included as a health insurance benefit in any plan that we know of; however, the initial foot consultation is free. Insurance plans will consider the laser toenail fungus treatment a cosmetic / aesthetic procedure and therefore does not provide coverage.
Please call today to schedule your consultation - 720.626.0267