What is Fungal Nail Laser Treatment?
Laser therapy is the newest treatment available as a means of combating fungus in toenails, or onychomycosis.
Whether you are young or old, healthy or ill, fungus can find its way into your toenail. Believe it or not, between 20 and 30 million Americans suffer from some variety of ongoing toenail fungus each year. With recent technological developments, podiatrists across the world have been able to take the fight to toenail fungus with laser therapy.
How does Laser Therapy work?
The way it works is very simple; near infra-red laser light is passed over and through your nail to kill the fungus, while there is no damage at all to any of your nails, or your skin. The light literally passes right through your skin without any damage to healthy tissue at all. In fact, on top of no damage, there is also no pain throughout the process, just a feeling of warmth on the nail. Despite being a newer solution to toenail fungus, this technology has been used thousands of times since its creation, and has been proven to work without any side effects. By choosing to use laser therapy to treat your toenail fungus, you circumvent the need for any injections, prescription pills, and laboratory tests. While laser therapy is a great new solution for toenail fungus, there is potential for the fungus to continue. Failures can sometimes result from previous damage to the nail plates either through injury, severe long standing fungus infection, poor circulation, or genetics. Other fungal treatments that exist today come with a variety of pros and cons themselves, however the two prevailing alternatives have inherit flaws as reliable treatments for toenail fungus. Topical creams are inexpensive and easy to use, however they have a very low success rate, less than 18% in fact. The other common treatment is oral medication, which while the success rates are much higher, these pills run the risk of liver toxicity. Using laser therapy as your treatment gives you a quick, safe, and effective means of combating the fungi, molds, and yeasts that cause onychomycosis.
We are very happy to say we are now using the Cutera Genesis Plus laser! This brand new model is changing the game for podiatrists and their treatment of toenail fungus. The most important change is the size of the laser beam itself, on old models the beam only had a diameter of 1millimeter, but now the laser is 5millimeters in diameter. This allows us to be more efficient with the treatment, helping us not miss a single spot, and it makes the whole procedure go a lot faster. Check out the difference in the image. Also, please note, the Genesis Plus is a 1064 nanometer laser, and 1064 nm lasers are the ONLY FDA approved laser on the market.
If you would like to learn more about fungal nail laser treatments, call our West Orange, NJ office to schedule a consultation today (973) 731-1266!