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Laser Nail Fungus Treatment

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Cosmetic dermatologists have made great strides using laser treatment technology to treat nail fungus. Due to the risks associated with oral medications and the disappointing results from prescription creams and polishes to treat nail fungus, these therapies are quickly becoming treatments of the past.

Clinical research trials show laser treatment success being as high as 90% with multiple treatments, whereas current prescription therapies are about 50% effective. Laser treatment works by heating up the nail layers specific to the fungus and attempting to destroy the genetic material responsible for fungus growth and survival.

What are the benefits of laser nail fungus treatment?

  • Safe and effective
  • Treatments are quick (about 30 minutes)
  • Minimal to no discomfort (although it is not uncommon to feel heat from the laser)
  • Excellent alternative to potentially harmful oral medication

What can I expect during and after the laser nail fungus treatment?

  • Minimum of 2 treatments is recommended
  • Treatments performed 5 to 6 weeks apart
  • All nails in the area of the fungus are treated
  • Laser treatment is used in conjunction with topical creams
  • Fingernails require 3 to 6 months to regrow completely and toenails 12 to 18 months
  • Results will not be seen until at least 2 months from the initial laser treatment

 

Please note: Cosmetics procedures are not covered by health insurance.