A Review on Toenail Fungus Laser Treatment

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fingernail inspection prior to fungus laser treatment, Image by ModPod Podiatry

Are you currently suffering from a fungal nail infection on your toenails? It’s a debilitating condition and one that causes great concern for most people reeling from such an infection. It’s not as uncommon as you might think; according to the Australasian College of Dermatologists, nearly 3 out of 100 Australians are affected by toenail fungal infection at some point in their lives. To make matters worse, one can be infected without even realising it that is until it’s effects have become very much apparent. By then most of the damage has already been done and the infection can be very difficult to cure (read our article on the 5 best nail fungus treatments).

Fortunately, we now have access to more effective and expert treatments for combating fungal infections. One such treatment is using the latest laser technology to eliminate fungus and restore healthy nail growth. What exactly is it though? Does laser for toenail fungus really work?

Fungal nail laser treatment options:

Are you considering a laser treatment for toenail fungus? If so, then you’d do well to learn all that you can about the procedure. Only then can you make an informed decision about whether it’s the right treatment for you? One of the first things that you’re probably wondering about is its cost. You’d also want to know how long does it take to get rid of nail fungus. 

Now before anything else, it’s important to get a good grasp about how laser toe nail fungal removal actually works. Well, it’s exactly what it sounds like; eliminating fungi infections in the toenail with the use of laser technology. What makes such an infection so difficult to treat is the fact that the fungi lie within the nail bed.

  • Topical anti-fungal medications traditionally used to treat the problem do not directly address the infection and can take several months to take effect with a low success rate of 10%. 
  • Oral medication has a success rate of approximately 70% although there is a risk of liver damage and you will need to have liver function tests while taking the medication.  
  • Laser systems use energy to penetrate the nail bed and eliminate the infection from within. Hence it is touted as the most effective toenail fungus treatment available in the market.  There are two laser systems Hot and Cold,  at ModPod we have both systems but now exclusively use the cold system due to its superior success rate. 
Hot Laser TreatmentLunula Cold Laser Treatment
Limited effectivenessUpto 80% success rate
Can be painfulPain Free
1 hour + Treatment timeEach session takes only 30 minutes
Only one toenail treated at a timeCan treat all 10 toenails at the same time
Closed footwear may be uncomfortable to wear after treatmentSocks and shoes can be worn immediately after each treatment session
Can damage nail bedImproves nail bed, due to increasing circulation via cold laser stimulation
Not recommended for children and diabeticsSafe for children and diabetics

Toenail fungus Before and After Pictures – can you obtain the same results?

On average, the cost of toenail fungus laser treatment is dependant on how severe the infection is.  On average patients need between 4-6 sessions.  While there is no guarantee that the infection won’t reoccur, it does offer some of the highest curability rates in fungal treatments (more than 80 per cent). The treatment is also more convenient and yields quicker results than anti-fungal medication. In one study, patients who underwent the treatment had 83% success rate after 48 weeks. 

Cost of Fungal Nail Treatment

Read this blog to learn more about costs of fungal treatments

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