A safe, effective treatment for toenail fungus, also called onychomycosis, is a common condition estimated to affect up to 10% of the population worldwide. It can cause nails to become yellow or discolored. As the infection advances, the nail can become thick, brittle and separate from the nail bed. It can also cause pain when wearing shoes or walking. This treatment requires the use of class four medical devices which means each patient must receive a clearance exam from either our on-sight physician or nurse practitioner before treatment may proceed. To treat this condition, the technician will use laser light from an ND: YAG Laser. The laser passes through the nail and the surrounding tissue and the laser light is absorbed by pigment in the fungi, which causes the pigment to heat, and this heat kills or damages the fungal organism. This can result in your nail growing out normally. The treatment involves passing the laser beam over the infected nails and surrounding skin. Your technician will repeat this several times until enough energy has reached the nail bed. Your nail will feel warm during the treatment. A single treatment session takes approximately 20 min. to treat 5-10 nails. Treatment times will vary upon each patient. Most patients show improvement after 1-2 treatments. The required number of treatments will vary depending on how severely each digit is infected. Most patients describe the procedure as being comfortable followed by a small hot pinch at the end that resolves quickly. Immediately following the procedure, the majority of patients can resume normal activities immediately. If the treatment is successful, as the nail grows out, you will see new, healthy nail. Nails grow slowly, so it may take up to 12 months to see an entirely clear nail. We will schedule you a follow-up appointment one to three months after the treatment. And another 3 months following the second appointment. If you have a more severe case, more initial appointments may be suggested to fuel healthy nail growth. Our technician will want to check your progress and decide if any nail has become re-infected with a fungus, which could require a quick, touch-up treatment with the laser. New nail growth takes time, and it will take 3-6 months before you see your new, clear, fungus-free nail growing out from your nail bed.
Length of Appt.: 15-30 min
Sessions Needed: Differs for each patient
Check Up Appt.: 3 months
Medical Clearance Needed: Yes
Results: After 1st session
Purpose: Use a 1064nm Q-Switch laser to remove/diminish toenail fungus
Indications: Toenail Fungus