Understanding Laser Treatment
Laser toenail fungus treatment is a safe, effective, and no-pain procedure that takes only a few minutes. Clear Toes Clinic is Houston’s leading provider of laser treatments for toenail fungus, and we are happy to share our expertise with you.
Why does laser treatment work?
Clear Toes Clinic uses the leading Q-Switched Nd:YAG laser, the Astanza Revolution, which is perfectly designed for treating toenail fungus. In a few billionths of a second, pulses of high power laser energy pass through the nail (nail plate) to the nail bed and nail growth area, killing the fungus instantaneously.
The laser energy works to very quickly heat and kill the dermatophytes that make up toenail fungus. No visible change will be seen immediately, but as the nail grows out over 3-6 months, the patient will begin to see clear nail. The toenail in particular grows rather slowly, so for the full nail to grow out will often take 6-12 months.
What does the laser treatment feel like?
In most cases, patients may feel slight warming or pressure during the laser toenail fungus treatment procedure and no pain whatsoever. Also, as the laser light hits the nail plate, it can create a harmless “snapping” sound. Every patient at our clinic has been able to complete the procedure easily without anesthesia or numbing agents.
If you are concerned about the sensation of the treatment, talk to your laser technician about your concerns. We can do a test spot on your nail so that you can feel the sensation before we proceed.
What does it feel like after the procedure?
You will not feel pain or anything unusual after the treatment is complete, and all normal activities can be resumed immediately. Your treatment provider will discuss aftercare instructions for you to achieve optimal results and prevent reinfection.
How long does the toenail fungus treatment procedure take?
Appointments – including the consultation –take less than 30 minutes. During the free consultation, our expert technician will explain to you the benefits of laser treatment of toenail fungus. We will assess the severity of infection, discuss your treatment history, and explain the procedure. We also provide detailed information about what to do to prevent reinfection of toenail fungus.
Our advanced laser system is exceptionally fast, so laser treatments are completed in mere minutes. The duration of the procedure varies based on the severity of the condition and the size of the toenails. After the procedure, we will apply an antifungal solution to your feet and sterilize your shoes.
Let’s get started. How?
Please schedule an appointment with Clear Toes Clinic by sending us an email or making a phone call. Over the phone we can answer your basic questions. When you arrive for your free consultation, we can show you a few photos of successfully treated patients, answer any questions you have, and give you some advice on how to care for your toes after the treatment.
One of the most important elements of this procedure is the aftercare so that you do you re-infect your toes. We’ll provide you guidance in person on this, as well as provide a list of key aftercare instructions in a document you can take home with you.
What are the success rates?
As with all treatments, different customers may have different results, but the Astanza Revolution laser is FDA cleared and shown to be safe and effective. In fact, clinical studies using this laser system have shown the highest rates of success and clearance than any other laser system currently on the market.
In a randomized study of almost 100 subjects over three to twelve months, 95% of subject cases observed “significant nail plate clearance”.
One of the factors that plays the largest role in the success of patients with near-total or total clearance is adherence to great aftercare – not re-infecting yourself with socks, shoes, etc that haven’t been cleared of existing fungus.
Is it safe to paint my toenails after the treatment?
It is important to remove all toenail polish before the laser treatment, but yes, you can paint your toenails immediately after the procedure. It is best to use a new bottle of polish so there is no risk of fungal re-infection.
Does health insurance cover the laser treatment?
Because this procedure is considered “cosmetic” by health insurance companies, insurance does not provide coverage.
How much does laser treatment cost?
The cost varies depending on the number of nails involved and severity of the infection. A free consultation is provided to determine if you are a good candidate for laser treatment.