Toenail Fungus Treatment
What is Laser Toenail Fungus treatment?
Lasers can be used to treat toenail fungus without having to take medications by mouth that can have side effects. Toenail fungus affects many people and leads to undesirable changes in the color and texture of the nail. Compared to other treatments, laser toenail fungus therapy is highly effective. It does not have side effects such as liver damage that could occur with oral therapy and it does not lead to disfiguring of the nail that is seen with surgical therapy.
As the nail grows out over several months, clearance is seen. The treatment is pain-free and takes about 15 minutes. Anywhere from one to three treatments are performed at intervals ranging from one week to six months.
What does a Laser Toenail Fungus treatment do?
The Laser Toenail Fungus treatment gently heats the nail and kill the fungus. As the nail grows out over several months, clearance is seen. The treatment is pain-free and takes about 15 minutes.
What happens during a Laser Toenail Fungus treatment?
Before your Laser Toenail Fungus treatment the toes will be cleaned and we will take pictures of your toes to monitor your progress. We will provide you with eye protection before your Laser Toenail Fungus treatment. You will see a bright light; just keep your eyes closed during the Laser Toenail Fungus treatment. We will apply cold gel on your toenails to transmit the light and blow cold air on your skin to keep you comfortable during the Laser Toenail Fungus treatment. We will also place a vibrating distractor on the back of your foot for further comfort during your Laser Toenail Fungus treatment. The Laser Toenail Fungus treatment feels like a hot rubber band snapping on your skin. The Laser Toenail Fungus treatment takes just a few minutes and you can resume your normal activities right away.
When will I see the results of my Laser Toenail Fungus treatment?
You will see the results of your Laser Toenail Fungus treatment slowly over time. Dr. Alex recommends a series of three Laser Toenail Fungus treatments done once a month. As your nails grow, the affected tips will grow out and be cut and the base will be clear of fungus. It could take one to two years to see full clearance after a Laser Toenail Fungus treatment so patience is important. The big toe takes the longest to clear since it is the largest. In severe cases full clearance may not be seen after a series of Laser Toenail Fungus treatments but you will notice improvement.
How long will the results of my Laser Toenail Fungus treatment last?
Once you achieve full clearance after a series of Laser Toenail Fungus treatments, the results will last forever unless your toenails get infected again. It is important to maintain good hygiene by avoiding being barefoot in places such as public pools or gym showers.
What should I do after a Laser Toenail Fungus treatment?
After a Laser Toenail Fungus treatment, avoid heat exposure, alcohol consumption, and strenuous exercise for 24 hours. Heat exposure refers to staying outdoors for prolonged periods in the hot sun. Also avoid hot environments indoors such as a hot bath, sauna or steam room. Additionally, avoid hot or spicy foods or drinks such as soup, hot coffee, and hot tea (iced coffee and iced tea are okay). Strenuous exercise is anything that causes you to sweat or become short of breath. All of these things can cause problems like redness, blisters, and discoloration. Your skin may be red or swollen for a day or two after a Laser Toenail Fungus treatment. This is normal. You can apply cold compresses like ice packs on your toes to keep yourself comfortable.
This is a service to be performed at the A E Skin office in Encino, CA. Patients must be in overall good health. Patients cannot be pregnant, breast feeding, or trying to become pregnant. Patients may not have used Accutane within the last 12 months. New patients must complete medical history paperwork and have a consultation (which may be done on the day of treatment). Patients must sign consent form for each treatment. As with all medical treatments provided by A E Skin, treatment itself if performed at the discretion of Dr. Alex Eshaghian. If you are a not a candidate for the procedure purchased, your purchase will be refunded within 30 days of your consult. All procedures purchased online must have their corresponding consult booked within two months of the date of purchase.