Flaunt your nails and wear your most toe-baring footwear (or live on the edge and forgo footwear altogether) without feeling insecure or dealing with discomfort. Nail fungus can be unsightly, embarrassing and painful but we’ve got your back.
While oral medications carry a risk of liver damage and other side effects and topical treatments aren’t always effective, laser toenail fungus removal is a fast, safe and drug-free treatment for onychomycosis (medical term for a fungal infection of the toenails or fingernails).
We use the GenesisPlus Laser, which has been approved by both Health Canada and the FDA for the treatment of onychomycosis. It destroys the fungus leaving behind clear, healthy nails with no side effects or downtime.
Light pulses from the GenesisPlus Laser pass through the nail and nail bed. The pigment in the fungi absorbs the laser’s energy. This energy kills the fungal organisms without damaging the healthy surrounding tissue. By drying it out, it also creates an undesirable environment for fungi to cultivate. GenesisPlus is a long pulse laser, which provides deeper penetration than short pulse lasers, allowing it to effectively reach nail fungus on toes and fingers.
Contact with dermatophytes, which can be found everywhere in the environment, causes toenail fungal infections. Dermatophytes love to hang around certain areas like swimming pools, public showers, gyms and nail spas. Tight fitting shoes and nail trauma can also lead to nail fungus. The chances of developing a nail infection increase due to genetic susceptibility, poor health and increasing age.
There’s a good chance you’ve been afflicted with fungus if you have one or more of the following symptoms:
- Discolored nails
- Yellow streaks under the nail
- Distorted or thick nails
- Brittle, crumbly or ragged nails
- Nails separated from the underlying skin
- A buildup of debris (nail fragments, skin) under the nail
- White spots or streaks on the nail surface
If you’ve been struggling to find the right solution for toenail fungus, we certainly feel your pain. It’s a frustrating problem. Current treatment options for toenail fungus include oral medications, topical drugs and laser. No single treatment is effective for every patient and there are risks and benefits associated with each one. It’s important to discuss all of your treatment options with your doctor.
Oral drugs can be very effective for destroying toenail fungus but the side effects are the major drawback. The medication must be taken for six to 12 weeks and can cause headache, diarrhea, skin rash and upset stomach. Serious side effects include the risk of liver damage and heart failure. Weekly blood tests may be required to monitor your liver function. Patients in poor health or those who have liver disease can’t use these medications.
Topical medications aren’t as effective in treating toenail fungus. The drugs are applied directly to the nail for up to 12 months. While there are no significant side effects, the topical remedies might not work because they don’t always pass through the nail to reach the fungus.
Laser treatments are effective in ridding patients of fungus and restoring clear nails. Most individuals experience improvement in three treatments. A clinical study reported no adverse effects related to the laser.
The treatment involves passing a laser beam over the infected nails and surrounding skin. Your certified NuAGE laser technician will repeat this several times until enough energy has reached the nail bed. The procedure is virtually painless. We promise you won’t be jumping off the table. Your nail will feel warm during the treatment (think of it as a nice bonus during cold weather). Note: All ten nails are treated regardless of whether or not they are infected because fungi easily spreads and cross-contamination is common.
A major plus of laser treatment for toenail fungus is you can do it on your lunch break. A single session only takes about 20 minutes to treat all 10 nails. However, treatment time can vary so be sure to ask your NuAGE Laser clinician about your specific case.
Most patients show improvement after one treatment. The number of sessions required will vary depending on how severely each nail is infected and how long you’ve had an infection. The minimum number of required treatments is three sessions spaced six weeks apart. As the nail grows, you’ll see new, healthy nail. Since they tend to grow slowly, however, it might take up to 12 months to see an entirely clear nail.
In a clinical study, 68% of patients treated for toenail fungus with laser showed improvement in the percent of the nail clear of fungus. The amount of nail improvement you experience is dependent upon your individual circumstances. You should discuss this with your NuAGE Laser clinician.
Most patients notice a significant difference in just three treatments. However, you will need to continue with home care techniques and good hygiene to prevent recurrence as advised by your doctor and your NuAGE Laser clinician. Since fungus is present everywhere, there is a chance of reinfection if you don’t take the proper precautions.