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Nail Fungus

Nail fungus infection (onychomycosis) is the most common disease of the toenails.  Until recently, treating nail fungus has been challenging due to the nature of this fungus. Over-the-counter antifungal treatments are usually not sufficient to treat nail fungus; rather they are designed to prevent the spread or worsening of the condition. Oral medications are only 50% effective and have potentially harmful side effects including liver damage.

 

In its mild forms, nail fungus is merely a cosmetic problem, but over time it can cause toenails to grow abnormally and become painful when walking.  In addition, nail fungus can spread to other nails including fingernails making treatment more difficult.

 

Laser Enhanced Therapies offers a safe and effective way to treat toenail fungus with minimal discomfort using our state-of-the-art GentleYag laser.  Clinical studies have shown an 85% efficacy rate with the Nd:Yag laser.

 

FAQs

  • How do I know if I have nail fungus?

    If your toenails appear yellow, brittle or thickened, you may be suffering from this medical condition.  Over 10% of the US population suffers from nail fungus.

  • What can I expect during the laser treatment?

    Our registered nurse will use a special technique to treat each nail with the laser.  Short bursts of laser energy will target the fungus beneath the nail and destroy it. The treatment is quick and causes minimal discomfort.  Clients often only experience a sensation of warmth under their nails.  The client requires absolutely no downtime after the procedure.  Because nail fungus can spread to other nails, all ten toenails or fingernails are treated with the laser.

  • How many treatments will I need?

    You will receive one treatment per month for three months ‒ for a total of three treatments.  Our Nail Fungus Therapy is sold in a package of three treatments and includes the antifungal homecare solution.

  • Is there anything that I should do between laser treatments?

    You will be provided with an antifungal solution to be used at home two times daily between treatments.  This will prevent re-infection and worsening of the condition. Proper treatment of fungal infections requires proper treatment of your shoes as well.  To avoid re-infecting your nails, you will be asked to sterilize your shoes with an over-the-counter antifungal shoe spray (such as Lamisil or Tinactin) every morning before putting them on.

  • When will I see results?

    After all three treatments, the nail fungus will be destroyed; however, visual improvement is not immediate and requires your nail to grow out.  It may take as long as 6 to 9 months after your laser treatments form a new, healthy nail to completely replace the old, discolored one.

We offer free consultations to anyone interested in our services.  During your consultation, you and your technician can discuss what you hope to accomplish and how our services can make you feel better and look great.  A consultation is not always necessary, and many clients choose to just begin treatment.  If getting to our office is a problem, we can schedule a phone consultation - although please keep in mind that it is often necessary to see the client in person.

*Option to Numb Prior to Treatment. For certain laser treatments, we offer the option to the numb the treatment area with Lidocaine 2.5% and Prilocaine 2.5% numbing cream.  This enables us to treat sensitive areas of the body without any discomfort for our clients.  Numbing for Wrinkle Reduction or Skin Tightening is done on-site after a microdermabrasion (visit our skin tightening/wrinkle reduction page for more information).  Numbing for laser hair removal can be done on-site by one of our technicians or off-site by the client before their appointment.  For more information about numbing prior to laser hair removal, visit our laser hair removal page.

Cancellation Policy: Your treatments are reserved especially for you.  We value your business and ask that you respect our clinic's scheduling policies.  Should you need to cancel or reschedule, please notify us at least 24 hours in advance.  Any cancellations with less than a 24 hour notice are subject to a cancellation fee of $25.  This includes free consultations.  We recognize that the time of our clients and staff is valuable, and we have implemented this policy for this reason.  When you book an appointment with us, you are agreeing to this policy.  All services require credit card or gift certificate information to guarantee a reservation.  You will not be billed unless you fail to provide sufficient notice of a cancellation.  Alternately, clients may provide a $25 deposit in the form of cash, check, or credit card which will be applied to their visit or refunded to them at check-out.

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