How does the laser treatment work?
Our practice uses a Q-Switched NdYAG laser to treat fungal toenail infections. In 3-10 billionths of a second, impulses of high power laser energy pass through the nail to the nail bed and nail growth area with typically no damage to the nail or surrounding skin. At the time of the procedure no visible change will be seen. 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 long does the procedure take?
The amount of time varies on the degree of involvement of the nails. Thickened nails are mechanically reduced to a more normal thickness with specialized equipment. The laser is then applied, typically taking only a few minutes. Overall, a visit for consultation and treatment will usually take about 30 minutes.
Is the procedure painful?
Most people do not feel any discomfort. Some patients may experience slight warmth or occasional snapping sensations during the procedure. If you have any discomfort during the procedure, the laser power can be decreased slightly to eliminate any discomfort. No anesthesia is needed.
What is the recovery period?
No post treatment discomfort has been reported. You may resume all normal activities immediately. If you have any problems or questions, please contact our office.
Can the nail improve?
The Q-clear™ Laser is FDA approved and shown to be safe and effective. The nail is expected to improve with just one treatment. Clinical reports to date have been encouraging with most patients noticing significant improvement. As with all medical procedures, a 100% guarantee is not possible. In a randomized 3-12 month study of 100 subjects, significant nail plate clearance was observed in more than 95% of the subject cases with a mean clearance of greater than 56% from the (abnormal or affected) regions. Changing socks and shoes frequently and controlling excessive perspiration are helpful in preventing recurrence. We also recommend the use of a topical antifungal nail solution and shoe spray following laser treatment.
Can I polish my nails or have a pedicure?
You can apply polish to the nail 24 hours after the laser treatment. However it is important to remove all nail polish prior to your treatment and all visits to the office for evaluation.
Is the laser treatment covered by my health insurance?
No, the procedure is considered cosmetic, and is not covered by health insurance. The cost varies depending on the number of nails involved and severity of the infection. 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. Patients can also use their Health Spending Account to pay for this service.
Laser therapy for thick, yellow, and unsightly nails is available in our office. Please call today for more information regarding this exciting, safe, and effective treatment.