Laser Toenail Fungus Treatments
If you are suffering with unsightly, deformed or discolored toenails, this is most likely due to toenail fungus. With the help of state of the art laser treatment, you no longer have to hide your toes anymore. White Pearl Medical Spa has performed countless toenail fungus removal procedures, which comfortably eliminate the fungus without doing any damage to the surrounding tissue.
Laser treatment for toenail fungus are revolutionary breakthrough procedures in treating nail fungus infection. Laser fungus toenail treatments do not cause cuts or burns and thus has the advantage of patients being treated without reported discomfort.Laser treatment for toenail fungus studies that have been done are extremely encouraging, and to date, no known side effects have been found. Long-term effects for laser treatment for toenail fungus seem just as promising. Coupled with good hygiene of the toes, and follow up treatment with a topical anti-fungal creams, patients should experience good, long-term result in the elimination of the toe nail fungus.Laser nail fungus treatment procedure surpasses those of the more dangerous medications with an effective success rate around 80% in clinical studies showing the fungus to be destroyed, safely.
FAQs Laser Toenail Fungus Treatments(Click to view)
How is Toenail Fungus Removal Performed?
The toenail fungus removal procedure usually takes about 15-30 minutes, and there is no anesthesia needed as it is a relatively painless procedure. Our highly trained technician will use the laser to shine a gentle laser beam on the nail and surrounding skin. This laser penetrates through the nail, working to eliminate the fungus in the nail bed and nail plate where the fungus is living.
What Kind of Post-Operative Toenail Fungus Removal Care Can I Expect?
Because the laser does not harm any living tissue, you will have little to no downtime following your toenail fungus removal. Following the treatment, you’ll be able to walk right out and resume your normal daily activities. In fact, you’ll even be able to paint your toenails the very next day if you wish.
What are San Antonio, TX Toenail Fungus Removal Costs?
Toenail fungus removal prices will be based upon the number of toes treated and the severity of the toes infected. The standard charge of $850.00 includes 1 treatment of all 10 toes to prevent cross infection; however, it’s best to meet with our technicians first to discuss your specific needs and goals. They will sit down with you and come up with an personalized treatment plan, as well as discuss pricing and any other concerns you might have.
How does the nail fungus laser work?
A toenail fungus laser works by shining a focused beam of light in a narrow range, more commonly known as a laser, into a toenail infected with fungus (onychomycosis). The laser penetrates the toenail and vaporizes fungus embedded in the nail bed and nail plate where toenail fungus exists. The toenail fungus targeted laser is tuned to a specific frequency that effects cells that are responsible for infection. There are various manufacturers with lasers currently available or soon to be available. Each manufacturer may have a specific wavelength, wavelengths, pulse frequency or duration schedule that they use. When you consult with your physician they can go over the details of the device they use treat the toenails infected with fungus.
Is fingernail laser treatment painful?
The focused, targeted laser light beam will have no effect on healthy tissue, and will only target the infected areas. A patient undergoing laser nail treatment for fungus removal procedures should experience no discomfort during or after the treatment.
How long does the toenail laser treatment take?
Although specific treatment schedules will be determined by your provider, it typically takes approximately 10 minutes to treat a infected big toe’s fungus. If you have more than one toe infected with toenail fungus, it may take longer. Laser toenail fungus treatment patients generally require three to four sessions.
Does toenail fungus laser treatment really work?
Clinical studies to date reveal that over 80% of treated patients show significant improvement when using certain types of lasers. * In most cases the nail fungus pathogen is completely eliminated.
How soon will I see improvement to my toenails after treatment with a laser?
On average, any toenail will replace itself every 6 to 9 months through natural growth. Healthy new growth will be visible within the first 3 months as the new nail replaces the old. However, follow up treatment with an anti-fungal cream with L-arginine has shown an increase of up to 100% in the speed of healthy nail replacement. Your provider can make recommendations for a post laser treatment toenail cream.
Is the laser toenail fungus treatment safe?
In clinical studies on a variety of lasers there have been no adverse reactions, injuries, disabilities or known side effects from use of lasers to treat toenail fungus infection. As you may know, the use of oral nail fungus medication available today for treatment of fungus nails carries with it possible systemic involvement (commonly the liver and kidney). This laser toenail treatment does not.
Do I have to take any drugs as part of the laser toenail fungus treatment?
No. No drugs or topical ointments are required. Your provider may recommend additional products to improve results and prevent against re-infection.
What do I need to do to prepare for the laser toenail fungus treatment?
All nail polish or nail shellac must be removed. If nails are especially thick, it is recommended that the patient debride the nail to thin the treatment area, allowing for a more effective treatment. White Pearl Medical Spa does not perform nails services such as the filing of the nails, nor is it allowed to be done in the office. It is recommended that patients request this service from a nail salon, cost is usually minimal, or file them at home prior to the treatment. The nail can still be treated if the nail is abnormally thick, however the desired result may take longer to achieve and additional treatments may be necessary.
Will I be able to walk after laser toenail fungus treatment?
You will be able to walk out of the office just as well as you walked in, you might even have a smile on your face. The laser toenail fungus treatment will not harm you in any way. Toenails are dead cells, the laser targets living fungus inside the nail. During the procedure a technician will ask you to indicate any discomfort, and if it is felt will adjust the laser treatment accordingly. Please note that each provider will determine the specific course of action depending on their diagnosis and the equipment involved.
What is the cost for laser toenail treatment?
Cost vary by factors such as the severity of the infection, thickness of nails and the individual treatment plan.
Does my insurance pay for this?
Currently the laser toenail fungus procedure is not included as a health insurance benefit in any plan that we know of; however, the initial foot consultation is complimentary. Insurance plans will consider the laser toenail fungus treatment a cosmetic / aesthetic procedure and therefore does not provide coverage. If you have a Health Savings Account (HSA), Medical Individual Retirement Account (Medical IRA) or other Flexible Medical Spending Accounts (Medical FSA), you can pay for the laser fungus treatment with these funds. Otherwise, payment can be made with cash, credit or debit card. Some patients who have exhausted alternative treatment options have reported receiving partial reimbursement from their insurance, but that would be something determined between the patient and the patient’s insurance provider. White Pearl Medical Spa does not accept insurance, nor does the office provide insurance forms, etc.
* Treatment of Mild, Moderate, and Severe Onychomycosis Using 870- and 930-nm Light Exposure (Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association Volume 100 Number 3 166-177 2010) Adam S. Landsman, DPM, PhD , Alan H. Robbins, MD , Paula F. Angelini, DPM , Catherine C. Wu, DPM , Jeremy Cook, DPM , Mary Oster, BS and Eric S. Bornstein, DMD