24 May Fungal Nail Laser Treatment – Is it Worth it?
Does laser treatment for nail fungi work?
How much can you expect to pay for it? These are the kind of questions you probably have in mind if you have been struggling with toenail fungus (Onychomycosis) and are considering a laser-based treatment to eliminate the problem.
The truth behind “before and after” pictures of laser nail fungus treatment
You may have already seen images of laser toenail fungus treatment and have serious doubts about whether you can achieve the same results. If that sounds a lot like you, then you would be happy to know that a laser-based treatment is far different from conventional anti-fungal medications that do not directly address the cause of the infection.
A podiatrist can use hot or cold laser technology to destroy fungal growth deep inside the nail bed. Hence it offers the most direct means of eliminating the disease and having your nails return to normal after treatment depending on the severity of the problem.
It is important to note that there is a difference between hot and cold laser systems:
|Hot Laser Treatment||Lunula Cold Laser Treatment|
|Limited effectiveness||Upto 80% success rate|
|Can be painful||Pain Free|
|1 hour + Treatment time||Each session takes only 30 minutes|
|Only one toenail treated at a time||Can treat all 10 toenails at the same time|
|Closed footwear may be uncomfortable to wear after treatment||Socks and shoes can be worn immediately after each treatment session|
|Can damage nail bed||Improves nail bed, due to increasing circulation via cold laser stimulation|
|Not recommended for children and diabetics||Safe for children and diabetics|
What to expect regarding success rate?
Now that you have an understanding of how different laser systems works, it is easy to see why we now exclusively use cold laser. Unlike conventional anti-fungal medications and Hot laser systems, cold laser works by using two rotating laser beams:
- Blue Laser acts directly and specifically upon the fungus causing changes in its walls which weakens it significantly.
- Red Laser acts on your body’s natural immune cells fortifying them, thus making them more active to destroy the weakened fungus.
- Your body’s immune system is activated to attack and destroy the fungus.
Would you like to learn more? Perhaps you have a few more questions of your own? Then come in for a complimentary Nail Assessment.
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