Nail Fungus Treatment
What is nail fungus?
Fungal infections are very common on both fingernails and toenails. Fungus is a living organism that thrives in dark, damp environments such as under and around nails. Toes are more likely to be affected by fungus since it is attracted
to a dark and damp environment. Other names for toenail fungus are: onychomycosis of the nail plate, and tinea of the nails.
How does laser treatment work to destroy fungus?
The laser beam focuses light into a wavelength of 1064 nm where according to many studies it has been found effective in treating toenail fungus. The Nd Yag Laser kills the fungus that lives in and under the toenail or nail bed. The laser light passes through the toenail without causing damage to the nail or the surrounding skin. Unlike the oral medication, the laser does not require blood testing, has no interactions with any medications, and has no risk of liver toxicity or allergic reactions.
What are the benefits of being treated with a laser?
During the procedure, the pathogens that cause toenail fungus are targeted, allowing the new nail to grow in healthy and clear. Unlike some medication-driven treatments for toenail fungus, the laser presents no side effects, and it is a great alternative for many patients who cannot or do not want to take oral medications.
Is the procedure painful?
Most people feel no pain. Some people feel a warming sensation and very few feel a pinprick.
Is there a recovery period?
No, you are ready to put your sneakers back on and walk out the door immediately after the treatment.
How long does the procedure take?
The laser procedure generally takes 15 minutes.
How many treatments will I need?
1-2 treatments are typically required. Every patient responds differently, but in most cases Dr. Evans will ask to see you again in 6 months for a second treatment.
Treatment for Toenail Fungus is the Cutera Laser Genesis
Toenail fungus, also known as onychomycosis, is a condition in which the toenails become yellow or discolored, thick, and brittle as a result of a fungal infection. Studies have shown a prevalence of this condition as high as 10-25%.
Cutera GenesisPlus laser treatment can safely eliminate toenail fungus infection using modern laser technology, and is FDA approved to treat toenail fungus, or onychomycosis.
An article in The New York Times reported that one early laser manufacturer misrepresented their FDA clearance.
Treatment involves laser light passing through the nail and surrounding tissue, improving the appearance of the nail, as well as reducing pain.
The procedure takes about thirty minutes, depending on severity, and requires no anesthesia. Patients are able to return to their normal activities almost immediately.
Laser Genesis is also FDA cleared for the treatment of Toenail Fungus