How Laser Treatment for Toenail Fungus Works
“No Need to hide your toenails any longer!”
Our state-of-the-art laser provides for typically pain-free treatment of toe nail bed fungus. The procedure is conveniently performed in our office in a single treatment, avoiding costly and time-consuming scheduling delays. There are no known side effects and you can return to normal activities immediately following the treatment. Call today to schedule your complimentary consultation.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does the laser treatment work?
Using one of the most advanced laser currently available a Q-Clear™ q-switched NdYAG laser, near infrared laser light passes through the nail with typically no damage to the nail or surrounding skin. At the time of the procedure the fungus is expected to be destroyed. However, no visible change is seen until the nail begins to grow out. In a few months, a more normal nail is expected to appear with complete regrowth of the nail taking up to 9-12 months.
How is our laser different from most other lasers used to treat nail fungus?
Our practice uses the most advanced laser technology currently available. Dr. Kresch is the first in the area to use the Q-Clear™ q-switched NdYAG laser for the treatment of fungal nail beds. Most other laser systems are not “q-switched” and can not produce the the same effect. Q-switched lasers are capable of producing very high power in extremely short impulses only lasting a few billionths of a second.
Is the laser treatment covered by my healthcare insurance?
No, the procedure is considered cosmetic, and is not covered by health insurance.
Is the procedure painful?
Most people do not feel any pain during treatment. Some patients may experience a slight snapping sensation which can be eliminated by decreasing the laser power slightly. In the treatment of several hundreds of patients, no patients have reported any pain, or side effects, following treatment.
What is the recovery period?
There typically is no need to limit activity. You may resume all normal activities immediately. If you have any problems or questions, contact our office immediately.
How long does the procedure take?
The amount of time varies on the degree of involvement of the nails. Very thick nails are mechanically reduced without pain to a more normal thickness with specialized equipment. The laser light is then applied to the nails which typically takes only a few minutes. Overall a typical visit for consultation and treatment will take anywhere between 20 minutes to 40 minutes.
Can the fungus return, or not go away?
The fungal infection is expected to improve with just one treatment. Clinical reports to date have demonstrated effectiveness with approximately 80% to 90% of patients noticing significant improvement. As with all medical procedures, a 100% guarantee is not possible. In addition, since fungus is present everywhere in the environment, reinfection can occur. Your doctor can recommend preventative strategies to reduce the chance of reinfection.
Can I polish my nails or have a pedicure?
You can apply polish to the nail immediately after the laser treatment. However it is important to remove all nail polish prior to your treatment. Changing socks and shoes frequently is helpful, as well as controlling excessive perspiration if present.
How much does laser treatment cost?
The cost varies depending on the number of nails involved and severity of the infection. The national average for treatment is between $500 and $1200. However, since our practice offers the most state-of-the-art laser equipment, we can provide the most effective treatment in less time, and at a reduced cost. Our fees range between $295 and $945 at the present time. A free consultation is provided to determine if you are a good candidate for laser treatment. Payment plans are available.