NAIL FUNGUS REMOVAL (ONYCHOMYCOSIS)
Now, clients suffering from embarrassing toenail fungus have an alternative, effective treatment with little pain and no side effects.
Nail fungus, known medically as onychomycosis, is a common condition causing the toenails to become discolored, thickened and separated from the nail bed. It can also cause pain when wearing shoes or walking. Approximately half of the population will have at least one infected toenail during the course of their lives.
Current treatment options for nail infection include oral drugs, prescription topical drugs and laser. No single treatment is effective in all clients and there are risks and benefits associated with each one. Be sure to discuss all your treatment options with your doctor.
Laser treatments are effective in eliminating nail infections and restoring clear nails. Most clients experience at least some improvement. During treatment most clients experience warm feeling in their toes. Using laser to treat nail fungus is an FDA-cleared treatment, and a clinical study reported no adverse effects related to the laser.
How does laser treatment work?
Laser treatment targets the fungus directly and gets to the source of the problem immediately. Tiny pulses of light from the laser passes through the toenail to the fungus underneath. The fungus is irradiated without any damage to the surrounding nail or skin.
How long does the procedure take?
Depending on how many toes are affected, the laser procedure will take 10 to 20 minutes.
Is laser treatment painful?
Most people feel a slight warming sensation during the procedure. No pain medication is needed and most people find the treatment very easy to tolerate.
How many treatments are needed before results are seen?
Many patients only need one treatment, but some need more if they have severe cases of toenail fungus. You won’t notice anything immediately following treatment. However, as your nail grows out, the new nail growth should be clear. Toenails grow slowly – especially nails infected with fungus. So, it may take 6 to 12 months for your toenail to clear.
Are there any restrictions on activity post procedure?
Normal activities can resume immediately after the procedure.
Will the fungus come back?
Reinfection with toenail fungus may be acquired anywhere from your environment, for example, damp areas such as public swimming pools. Consult with your healthcare professional to understand how to prevent toenail fungus from reoccurring.
When can nail polish be applied?
While it is important to remove nail polish, decoration and jewelry prior to treatment, you can reapply nail polish 24 hours after treatment.
 Gupta et.al., Onychomycosis Therapy: Past, Present, Future, Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, Vol.9, 9, 2010.