Nail fungus is a very common issue that can cause your toenails to have an odd and discolored appearance.
Nail fungus affects up to ten percent of the population worldwide. When you’re considering all of your treatment options, one such option that you might want to select is laser fungus treatment, which is a very safe and effective treatment that targets the fungus in the nail bed.
At our office, we use the GenesisPlus, an Nd:YAG laser technology by Cutera.
What Is Toenail Fungus?
Nail fungus occurs on a regular basis and usually starts as a yellow or white spot that’s located just under the tip of your toenail. As the infection worsens, the fungus can create discoloration within your nail while also causing the nail to thicken or crumble around the edges. While the fungus may begin around one toenail, it can eventually affect several nails. This condition can range in severity from mild to serious. More mild cases of toenail fungus may not require any treatment and can dissipate on their own.
However, severe cases of toenail fungus can cause pain and a variety of other issues that may require you to obtain some other forms of treatment. While toenail fungus can always reappear on your toenails, among the most effective ways to get rid of the current fungus is with a laser fungus treatment, which has proven to be very successful.
How Laser Fungus Treatment Works
Laser fungus treatment is a very simple and straightforward treatment that makes use of a laser beam, which is passed over the infected nails. This is repeated until the laser energy has reached the nail bed. The laser is designed to promote anti-fungal activity by killing the microbe that has caused the fungus to develop in the first place. The procedure itself is nearly pain-free, although many patients feel a warm sensation during the laser treatment.
How to Prepare for Your Appointment
When you make an appointment with your doctor for laser fungus treatment, you may want to prepare for the appointment so you can make sure that all of your questions are answered. You’ll want to provide your doctor with a list of your symptoms and any medical history so that they can be certain you’re a good candidate for the treatment. If you’re currently using any medications or have recently been through a major life change, your doctor should have all of this information as well. Before your appointment, make sure any nail polish or nail decorations are removed.
It’s during the initial appointment with your doctor that you’ll want to ask any questions that come to mind. While a recovery process is typically unnecessary with this treatment, you’ll still want to inquire about any recommendations for caring for the affected area once the laser treatment has been applied. In general, there is no downtime and you can return to regular activities right away.
What to Expect During the Treatment
The first aspect of any laser fungus treatment involves a thorough evaluation and examination of the symptoms that you’re experiencing. Your affected nails may also be filed down at this time through a process known as debridement. Once the full treatment begins, the laser will be sent directly over the affected nails. It’s possible that the laser will be extended to nails that have yet to develop fungus as a means of stopping any traces of the fungus in its tracks.
A single session of this treatment lasts for about 20 minutes (for five to ten nails), but varies. However, a single treatment session may not be enough to get rid of all of the fungus. The nail will need to grow out again before you are able to determine if the treatment was successful or if additional treatment sessions are needed. Many patients notice improvement after one session, but the amount of sessions that are needed can depend on the severity of the infection.