Laser Treatment

icon1 How does the laser treatment work? Expand/Contract

Our doctors use a Q-Switched NdYAG laser which is one of the most advanced dermatologic lasers currently available. 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 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.

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No post treatment pain has been reported. You may resume all normal activities immediately. If you have any problems or questions, please contact our office.Is the procedure painful?Most people do not feel any pain. Some patients may experience slight warmth or occasional snapping sensation during the procedure. If you have any pain during the procedure, the laser power can be decreased slightly to eliminate any pain. No anesthesia is needed.

icon3 How long does the procedure take? Expand/Contract

The amount of time varies on the degree of involvement of the nails. Very thick nails are mechanically reduced to a more normal thickness with specialized equipment. The laser is then applied typically taking only 1-2 minutes per nail. Overall, a visit for treatment will usually take about 30-45 minutes.

icon4 Can the nail not improve? Expand/Contract

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. Your doctor can recommend other strategies to maintain healthy nails. Changing socks and shoes frequently is helpful, as well as controlling excessive perspiration if present.

icon5 Can I polish the nail or have a pedicure? Expand/Contract

You can apply polish to the nail immediately after thelaser treatment. However it is important to remove allnail polish prior to your treatment.

icon6 Is the laser treatment covered by health insurance? Expand/Contract

No, the procedure is considered cosmetic, and is not covered by health insurance.

icon7 How much does laser treatment cost? Expand/Contract

The cost varies depending on the number of nails involved and severity of the infection. The charges are based on the number of nails with obvious involvement. Consultation is free, so please call and schedule a visit to discuss in more detail.  Treatments are done at the subsequent visit to your consultation visit.

Toenail Fungus (Onychomycosis)

Onychomycosis is a fungal infection of the fingernails or toenails. The actual infection is of the bed of the nail and of the plate under the surface of the nail.  These fungal infections usually cause discoloration, thickening and often softening of the nails.  Nail fungus is a difficult condition to treat and may often cause permanent damage to the nails and possibly nail loss.

Q-Switched NdYAG laser

The Q-Clear Laser is an excellent treatment for fungal infections. It’s specially designed to shine through your toenail and destroy only the pathogens embedded in and under your nail causing the infection without causing damage to the nail or the surrounding skin.  The laser is so sophisticated that it can detect and reach the proper target temperature leading to elimination of the toenail infection. The Q-Clear Q-Switch is an industry-leading laser that was developed for this treatment.

Watch an Informative Video to Learn More About Toenail Fungus and Next Steps