What to expect...
While lasers may seem scary to some, they use safe light energy and are used daily for cosmetic procedures. Now that same state-of-the-art technology can be used to treat toe nail fungus. This safe and painless laser treatment irradiates the fungus and kills it without any damage to surrounding nail or skin.
You can visit our office for a free consultation where you will be evaluated as a potential candidate for care. The laser treatment will take about 20 minutes to treat both feet. All treatments are performed by Dr. Weiss. As each toe is treated by the laser you will feel a mild, warming sensation. Many times only one treatment is necessary.
The laser treatment potentially consists of up to 3 sessions beginning at day 1, 6 weeks, and 12 weeks if necessary. Shoes and nail polish can be worn immediately after treatment. We will discuss post treatment care to avoid fungal re-infection.
Significant improvement can be seen over one year, but many times you will notice results within 2-4 months, depending on how quickly your toenails grow. New, clear growth begins to appear at the bottom portion of your nail as the diseased portion of your nail grows out.
Is the Laser treatment painful?
There is no need for anesthesia or painkillers. There might be a slight sensation of heat, but that subsides quickly. The laser light passes through the toenail without damaging the surrounding skin.
Does the laser treatment Work?
Studies show that laser fungal treatments clear the nail of fungus as well or better than other treatments. The benefit of laser care is that only one treatment may be necessary.
What is nail fungus?
A fungus is an organism that lives in warm moist areas. Fungus of the toenails is a common problem that can affect people of all ages, although it most commonly affects individuals who are older. Toenail fungus often begins as an infection in the skin called tinea pedis (also known as athlete’s foot). Over time it grows underneath the nail and causes changes to its appearance, such as a yellow or brownish discoloration.
Is this covered by my insurance?
This procedure is considered aesthetic and therefore health insurance does not provide coverage. You can ask your employer if you can use your Health Savings account or medical cafeteria plan for payment.
How do I pay for the procedure?
We accept most major Credit Cards (VISA and MasterCard ), Debit Cards and cash.
Is the Laser Treatment also available for Fingernails?
Yes, we offer the Laser Treatment for Fingernails.