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A Mushroom Walks into a Bar…

A mushroom walks into a bar and asks for a gin and tonic. The bartender says: “Get outta here, we don’t serve the likes of you around here.”
“C’mon man!” the Mushroom says.  “Give me a chance… I’m a really fungi once you get to know me!”

We side with the bartender on this one. Nail fungus is not only unsightly and contagious, but we know it to be very resistant to treatment and can be a lifetime affliction.  Until a few years ago, oral or topical prescription medication was the only treatment available, and efficacy was poor. Topical medication could not reliably penetrate the nail to deliver the ingredients to where they were needed and had an efficacy of about 5-10%. Oral medication has higher efficacy (50%), but the trade off is a slew of undesirable side effects.  The advent of laser treatments to fight onychomycosis (nail fungus) in the last few years saw beautiful results. Lasers treat nail fungus by using bulk heating into the nail to kill the fungus, instead of medication, avoiding the issue of penetration or medication side effects. Laser treatments increased efficacy to over 80% but there are still stubborn cases that don’t clear with laser treatment alone.

The next evolution in treating onychomycosis, developed by our clinic, is a three-pronged approach:

  • A fractionated laser is used to “make tiny holes” in the nail. As you know from cutting your nails, the actual nail is made up of dead cells and no nerves, so there is minimal discomfort with this procedure.


  • These tiny holes allow a new, advanced formulation of antifungal topical medication to penetrate deep into the nail. Treating the fungus with a topical medication in between laser sessions keeps the fungus “at bay” while your immune system fights it off, and you body re-grows a healthy nail.


  • Lastly, a series of three conventional laser treatments 6 weeks apart are used to bulk heat the nail and further destroy the fungus in the nail.


PF animation and toesOther clinics may only offer a series of laser treatments to bulk heat into the nail, and that is not always enough. If a topical medication is recommended with the laser treatment, the penetration may not be optimal. Our addition of a fractionated laser treatment to create micro-channels for product penetration significantly increases your chances of clearance. This approach is unique to our clinic and is the best approach to deal with this stubborn nail fungus.
Call us today at 403.685.0110 to book your free consultation.


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Fractional lasers improve treatment for nail fungus

The Calgary Laser Nail Clinic at Westside Laser & Light has been successfully treating nail fungus for over 4 years with the Cutera Genesis laser. Our experience has shown laser treatment to be very effective at treating nail fungus for the majority of patients. In our opinion, laser treatment is definitely the most effective treatment option available when comparing to oral and topical medications.

While many patients have successful outcomes with the Genesis Laser and topical medication alone, the concept of adding a fractional ablative laser treatment to create “tiny pipelines” in the nail was introduced to us earlier this year. The rationale here was that these tiny pipelines would enhance the delivery of topical medications to the nail bed where the fungus resides.


Toe nail fungus can be difficult to treat and results can vary from patient to patient. The fungus is present in ones environment which makes reinfection possible and can inhibit results. Age and health of the patients as well as diet and habits can also affect treatment results.

The following before image shows a patient’s nail who had several laser treatments prior to receiving the Pearl Fractional treatment. The after image was taken 6 weeks after a Pearl Fractional laser treatment.

These results are encouraging and great feedback that the addition of fractional laser is effective. We will keep up with this new protocol for treating nail fungus and continue to evaluate results. Price for the addtional treatment is $200.

For information on nail fungus or for a free consultatation, please call the office at 403-685-0110 or send us an email and we will contact you for an appointment.


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