The laser is a specially designed, patented device that shines through your toenail and vaporizes the germs embedded in your nail bed and nail plate that causes toenail fungus.
Is this laser treatment painful?
The laser light beam has no effect on healthy tissue. There is minimal discomfort during or after the treatment and most sensation is due to a quick pulse of heat.
How long does the treatment take?
It takes approximately 10 minutes to treat a big toe and we usually treat all toes, taking about 30 minutes per patient. The vast majority of our patients require 3 treatments. More treatments are necessary depending on the severity.
Does it really work?
The clinical studies to date reveal that over 70% of treated patients show significant improvement. In most cases fungus nails are completely cured.
How soon will I see improvement?
On average, a toenail will replace itself every 6 to 12 months. Healthy new growth will be visible within the first 3 – 6 months.
Is this treatment safe?
Yes. Clinical studies show there have been no adverse reactions, injuries, disabilities or known side effects. As you may know, the use of medication available today for treatment of fungus nails carries with it possible systemic involvement (commonly the liver and kidney). This laser treatment does not.
Do I have to take any drugs as part of the treatment?
No. No drugs are taken. We offer a prescription for topical antifungal creams to keep the fungus from re-infecting.
Can I walk after the treatment?
Yes, you will be able to walk out of the office just as well as you walked in. The treatment does not harm you in any way. You will need to, however, wear other clean shoes or sandals as you leave and not the shoes you wore in. It is ideal to bring NEW socks and shoes to your treatment to wear home OR disinfect your shoes with the SteriShoe UV shoe sanitizer (sold here at our clinic).
How Can I Avoid Toe Fungus?
Fungus can enter the nail through a cuticle trimming, through an injury near the nail or even a crack on the surface of the skin near the nail. Killing the nail fungus does not mean you will not get it again. What you need to do is practice good foot hygiene, which, as simple as it sounds, is really tough for some people.
Avoid moist, wet environments, meaning public showers, pools and locker rooms. Dry conditions and sun exposure is a great way to avoid re-infection.
Be careful when you go for a pedicure. The pedicurist should avoid trimming the cuticles too short, which creates more opportunities for fungus to infect the nail.
Pay attention to your own home. You have to clean out your shower stall and check that bath mat you’ve been stepping on for the past few months — it can be infested with fungus.
Check your shoes. Fungus could be alive and well in those favorite sneakers you’ve been wearing for years. Refer to the SteriShoe® for a cost-effective solution to eliminating the fungus from your shoes.