In the past, the treatment of nail infection has been difficult because the infection is under and inside of the nail. This makes it hard for any treatment to reach and destroy the infection. Some people are treated with medicated nail polish or oral medications, which can be associated with side effects and serious drug interactions. Another option is to surgically remove the nail. Many people also try bleach, vinegar, mouthwash or household cleaners-home remedies that ultimately do not resolve the problem.
Now there is better option. Laser light therapy targeting the fungi responsible for the infection, while leaving the nail and surrounding healthy tissue intact.
Targeted Areas for Dramatic Results
The laser light passes through the nail without causing damage to the nail or the surrounding skin. At the time of the procedure, the nail will not become instantly clear, it takes time to grow out. However, you may apply polish immediately after the treatment. It is important to remove all nail polish and nail decorations the day before your treatment.
Powerful, Yet Pain Free
Perhaps the most welcomed advantage is most people feel no pain. There is no need for anesthesia. Some people feel a warming sensation and very few feel a pinprick.
Results After One Treatment
One treatment kills the fungus for most patients. The infection improves following one treatment and typically your physician will recommend care techniques to reduce recurrence of the infection.
There is a chance of reinfection because the fungus is present everywhere in the environment. Your provider will determine your full treatment plan.
After a consultation, the procedure will be performed at your follow-up visit in the office as prescribed by your doctor. This laser has been cleared by the FDA for use on the skin for multiple applications including treatment of nail fungus. The laser uses low levels of energy which gently heats the nail and kills the bacteria.
The laser procedure takes about 15-20 minutes.
There is no recovery period; just walk in and walk out.
Is this procedure covered by Insurance?
Treatment using the laser is considered an elective procedure and therefore not covered by your Insurance.