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Laser Nail Fungus Removal

Nail fungus (Onychomycosis) is a fungal infection affecting the nail and nail bed. This type of fungal infection is different from athlete’s foot or skin fungus in which the fungus infects the skin on the feet especially between the toes. About half of the nail disorders and nail abnormalities occur as a result of a fungal infection.

Nail infections are usually very persistent and the treatment is complicated. In addition, Toenail Fungus and Fingernail Fungus infections may cause embarrassment because of the deformed and ugly nails. Toenail Fungus signs include a thickened nail plate or nail bed, yellow discoloration of the nails, foot pain and bad foot odor caused by the fungal debris under the nail. The nails often become thick and fragile and can detach from the nail bed or the skin under the nail.

Nail fungus usually starts at the distal end of the fingernail or toenail. The infection then spreads to the proximal end of the nail towards the nail bed. Finally, the fungal infection spreads to other toenails, but rarely infects all of them. Candida and Dermatophytes are the most common fungi causing nail infections. But mostly, the combination of fungi and a moist environment can speed up the fungus growth. Individuals with weak immune systems, such as diabetic patients and elderly people, are more susceptible to toenail fungus.

The Laser Treatment

Lasers are a safe and effective treatment for nail fungus, or Onychomycosis.

The Laser penetrates inside the nail where the nail fungus (dermatophytes) reside, killing the fungus instantly.

The laser light passes right through the tough nail plate killing the fungus with minimal pain and no damage to the surrounding tissues.

The laser procedure is preformed right in our office by our highly skilled medical staff and usually takes 20-30 minutes. The treatment does NOT require any form of anesthesia and there is minimal to no pain experienced.

Most patients will feel some heat generated by the laser, which is our primary objective. No pain medication is required after the procedure and you can go right back to work or any activity immediately afterwards.

Depending on the severity of your fungal infection, you may require up to three laser treatments for nail fungus removal. The second treatment is performed one to two months after the first, and the next treatment is performed one to two months later. Our medical professionals will assess the severity of your fungal infection during your consultation and provide you with the best treatment options based on your individual needs.

The reality is, you may not see results right away and laser treatments will not change your existing nails. As the new nail grows in, it shows signs of clearing from the bottom of the nail as it grows. This usually takes 6-12 months depending on how fast your individual nails grow.

What to Expect After Your Nail Fungus Laser Treatment

To help prevent re-infection:

  • Wear clean shoes/socks home after treatment
  • Wash sheets, disinfect shower/bath and vacuum carpets on the day of treatment.
  • Apply anti-fungal cream 2X per day for approximately 2 weeks to 3+ months depending severity of the infection
  • Apply anti-fungal powder to all shoes at least 1x per week for at least 1+ month
  • Keep nails trimmed and cleaned (disinfecting instruments after each use)
  • Do not walk barefoot in public places (pool, gym, etc.)
  • Nail polish may be applied 24 hours after treatment
  • Number of treatments will depend on severity of the Onychomycosis / Toenail Fungus
  • The average time interval between treatments is 4-6 weeks
  • Due to slow nail growth, results may not be noticeable for 3+ months
  • Toenails may take 9-12+ months and fingernails may take 6-9+ months to grow out
  • Severely infected nails may take longer
  • Cold gel packs or cool compresses may be applied post-treatment on hot spots


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