Laser Treatment for Fungal Nails
Laser treatment of the nail may reduce excessive thickness, improve appearance, and make trimming easier. It may also resolve the underlying fungal infection and prevent additional infection by opportunistic organisms. Generally speaking, the earlier treatment is begun, the better the outcome. That said, treatment of fungal or dystrophic nails is not generally considered medically necessary unless other factors are present such as diabetes, poor circulation, excessive pressure, pain, or lack of normal sensation.
How does the Laser Treatment work?
The Q-Clear Laser System targets the fungi disrupting the growth of healthy nails. It is designed not to harm (“anti-target”) the healthy tissues surrounding the nail. It does this by sending a high intensity burst of light, with just the right characteristics (wavelength, fluence, and temporal format) to pass through the underlying skin. At the time of treatment no visible change is seen. A more normal nail is expected to appear as the nail grows out. Usually some improvement can be seen within a few months following treatment, but complete regrowth of the nail may take up to one year.
How much does Laser Treatment cost?
The cost varies depending on the number of nails involved and severity of the infection. We will be happy to discuss our fee schedule with you prior to your treatment.