What is laser treatment?
Do you have yellow, thick, brittle toenails that are embarrassing when exposed? If you answered yes, you may be showing signs of nail fungus. Nail fungus, otherwise known as onychomycosis, is a common fungal infection of the toenail that affects many people. A few common causes of onychomycosis are: shoes and socks that don't allow enough air flow , not completely drying fett after bathing, sharing communal facilities such as a fitness center, public showers and wearing nail polish for an extended period of time. Nail fungus can also be passed from person to person. There are several treatments for onychomycosis including oral medications, topical antifungals, surgical removal, and one of our newest treatments, Genesis Plus laser treatment. Many of our patients prefer laser treatment for their fungal nails because there is no medication or anesthesia involved.
How does it work with fungal nails?
Our laser treatment requires no anesthesia and can take up to 10-15 minutes depending on how many nails need to be treated. Two treatments are given six weeks apart.. Our Genesis Plus laser generates enough heat to penetrate the fungus and other pathogens found underneath the nail tissue. Once the fungal nail is penetrated, a new healthy nail will begin to grow out. To prevent the fungal infection from recurring, we dispense antifungal spray for your closed toe shoes . Every patient who has laser treatment will also receive a free shoe sterilization treatment, an estimated $45.00 value! The shoe sterilization is an 8 minute process that uses ultraviolet light to minimize shoe odors and kill fungus -causing bacteria. It is recommended that you apply a topical antifungal between the two laser sessions to prevent any additional fungal from forming beneath the nails.
Before and after pictures of our patients with laser :Before Treatment After 6 weeks of 1st Treatment Before Treatment After 6 weeks of 1st Treatment
How does it work with plantar warts?
Similar to our fungal laser treatments, plantar warts will only take 5-10 minutes according to the severity of the condition and require just a topical ice pack to numb the area. The wavelength of light emitted by the laser is absorbed by the wart and onverted into thermal energy thereby destroying the lesion. Our protocol is 3 treatments spaced one month apart. Most patient see resolution after two. For more information on this advanced treatment for plantar warts, please call our office at 717-464-5603.