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Laser Toenail Fungus Treatment

There are many things that can affect your foot health, and one of the more common issues that people face regarding their toenails involve fungal infections, otherwise known as Onychomycosis. Fungal nails can be annoying and unsightly. Usually, the first sign of a fungal nail is a white spot or area just underneath the nail tip. As the condition worsens and develops, the toenail may become thicker, ridged, discolored, and it may crumble at the edges. If left untreated, these fungal infections of the toe nail can lead to infection.

Dr. Horn and provides advanced toenail fungus treatment that can effectively treat the fungal infection.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the laser treatment work?
The laser attempts to destroy the fungus that lives in and under the toenail. The laser light passes through the toenail without causing damage to the nail or the surrounding skin. At the time of the procedure, the toenail will not become instantly clear - it takes time to grow out, usually 10-12 months.

Is there any preparation needed before the treatment?
All nail polish and nail decorations should be removed before the treatment.

How successful is the treatment?
Clinical studies have demonstrated approximately a 60% reduction in the fungus, as well as improvement in the color and texture of the nails. There is a chance of reinfection because the fungus is present everywhere in the environment. There are no promises or guarantees that the Laser will eliminate the fungus.

How many treatments are recommended?
The number of treatments varies and is dependent on the severity and number of nails involved. The recommended treatment is 1 per month for approximately 10-12 months.

Is the procedure painful?
Most patients feel no pain. Some may feel a warming sensation and very few feel a pinprick.

Are there any negative effects from the laser treatment?
The laser beams do not have any negative effects on healthy tissue and only target the areas of the nail that are affected by the fungus.

Is there a recovery period?
No; just walk in and walk out.

How long does the procedure take?
Usually takes less than less than 20 minutes for all 10 toes. The time spent with the procedure is dependent on the number of nails involved.

When can I paint my nails or have a pedicure?
Dr. Horn usually recommends using a topical antifungal medication during the entirety of the treatments. Pedicures and application of polish can be immediate.

Can the procedure be covered by insurance?
No. This procedure is considered aesthetic, and therefore health insurance plans do not provide coverage.