Laser Toe Nail Fungus Treatment FAQs
How does the Laser Nail Fungus Treatment work?
The laser works by shining a gentle laser beam on the nail and surrounding skin. This beam shines through the nail and vaporizes the fungus embedded in the nail bed and nail plate where the nail fungus.
Is the Laser Nail Procedure painful?
The laser does not harm healthy tissue, and most patients do not experience any significant discomfort after the laser procedure, but may experience a warm sensation during the procedure. No anesthesia is used for this treatment.
Will I be able to walk after the Laser Nail Fungus Treatment?
The laser nail fungus treatment does not harm tissue. You can simply walk in, have the procedure done, and then walk right out and go back to your normal activities.
How long does the Laser Nail Fungus Treatment take?
The laser nail fungus treatment usually takes only 20-30 minutes (for all ten nails).
Does the Laser Nail Fungus Treatment really work?
In over 80% of cases the fungus is completely eliminated following the complete treatment protocol.
What does the treatment protocol entail?
You will be given a prescription for a topical antifungal medication to apply to your feet for about a month after. You will also be asked to use an antifungal powder in your shoes for a period after the laser treatment.
How soon will I see results?
You won’t notice anything immediately following treatment. As your nail grows out, the new nail growth should be clear of fungus. Toe nails grow slowly – especially when they are infected with fungus. It will take 6-12 months for your toenail to clear.
When can I apply nail polish after the Laser Nail Fungus Treatment?
Toenail polish can be re-applied the following day. It is important to note that all nail paint and nail polish has to be removed prior to having the laser nail fungus treatment performed.
What is the cost for the Laser Nail Treatment?
Cost is between $600-750 depending on the severity of infection.
Is this covered by my insurance?
Toenail Fungus is considered an aesthetic treatment and health insurance does not provide coverage. Patients with Health Savings Accounts or flexible spending accounts can often use funds from these types of accounts towards procedures such as the laser nail fungus treatment.
Is the Laser Treatment also available for Fingernails?
How does this treatment compare to other nail fungus treatments?
Traditional treatments such as nail trimming, topical medicines, oral medicines or nail removal each have significant drawbacks. Nail trimming doesn’t treat the fungus. Topical medicines need to be applied for 12 months and have a low success rate. Oral medicines are taken for 3-6 months but have the potential to cause liver problems, particularly in those taking statins, coumadin, amiodarone, or other medications. This treatment is different from the PinPointe Dental Laser that has been used for toe nail fungus.