LASER NAIL FUNGUS REMOVAL
How does the laser treatment work ?
Toenail Fungus is a living organism which is killed when the laser heat enters the nail bed and terminates the fungus. At Blair Med Spa our trained technicians use a Q-Switched NdYAG laser which is one of the most advanced dermatological lasers currently available for fungus removal. Impulses of high power laser energy pass through the nail to the nail bed and nail growth area with typically no damage to the nail or surrounding skin. At the time of the procedure, no visible change is seen until the nail begins to grow out. In a few months, a more normal nail is expected to appear with complete regrowth of the nail taking up to 9-12 months. This treatment works both on hands and feet.
What is the recovery period?
No post treatment pain has been reported. You may resume all normal activities immediately. If you have any problems or questions, please contact our office.
Is the procedure painful?
Most people do not feel any pain. Some patients may experience slight warmth or occasional snapping sensation during the procedure. If you have any pain during the procedure, the laser power can be decreased slightly to eliminate any pain. No anesthesia is needed.
How long does the procedure take?
The amount of time varies on the degree of involvement of the nails. Very thick nails are mechanically reduced to a more normal thickness with specialized equipment. The laser is then applied typically taking only a few minutes. Overall, a visit for consultation and treatment will usually take about 30 minutes. After the 1st initial session, your sessions will be spaced 4 weeks apart. It normally takes up to 3 sessions depending on the severity of the fungus growth.
Can the nail not improve?
The nail is expected to improve with just one treatment. Clinical reports to date have been encouraging with most patients noticing significant improvement. As with all medical procedures, a 100% guarantee is not possible. Laser is considered 75-85% effective.Changing socks and shoes frequently and controlling excessive perspiration are helpful in preventing recurrence.
Can I polish my nails or have a pedicure?
You can apply polish to the nail immediately after the laser treatment. However, it is important to remove all nail polish prior to your treatment.