What is Laser Toenail Fungus Treatment?
Lasers have been used to treat medical conditions since 1962, but the use of medical lasers in treating toenail fungus is new. In fact, it is the newest treatment for toenail fungus and has only been around for a few years. The laser delivers light energy to gently heat the toenail bed and kill the toenail fungus and fungal spores. This process makes the laser ideal for a safe and effective desired result of toenail clearing. The laser energy alters fungal cellular metabolism and at increased temperature, fungal organisms' cell components are damaged. There is also a photochemical effect that further damages fungal cell enzymes and proteins. The laser treatment resulting in fungal death and toenail clearance also damages fungal cell membranes.
Q&A Laser Treatment
to get rid of Toenail Fungus
Where does toenail fungus come from?
The organism that causes toenail infections is everywhere. The fungus is a living organism and spores are essentially the seeds that can sprout a fungal infection. However, toenail fungus really has to have 3 basic ingredients to grow.1. Moisture 2. Warmth 3. Darkness
Does the Laser Toenail Treatment hurt?
No. The laser generates some heat as it kills the fungus in the toenail, but it is not painful. You may feel some warmth in the toenail area. If the heat gets too intense, we simply move the light energy to another area of the toenail and the warmth sensation immediately dissipates.
How long does it take for the laser to cure toenail fungus?
The photochemical response of the Laser damages fungal cell enzymes and proteins at the time of the treatment. However, depending on the condition of the fungal infection, multiple treatments may be required.
How fast will I see results?
Although the laser effectively kills the fungus at the time of treatment, the toenail still has to grow out. Healthy toenails typically grow out at a rate of about 1mm per month. If the nail is only 1/4 involved, it will probably look clear and healthy in about 3-4 months. If the toenail if fully involved, it can take up to a year to regrow after the laser procedure.