Laser Toenail Fungus Treatment

Nail fungus – sometimes referred to as fungal nail infections, or onychomycosis – is a condition that occurs when a microscopic fungus enters either a fingernail of toenail. Fungal nail infections occur more often in toenails than in fingernails and can affect anyone. For those with diabetes or weakened immune systems, fungal infections can present serious risks.

What causes nail fungus?

There are several causes of nail infections, including dermatophyte fungi (tinea unguium), yeasts such as candida albicans, and non-dermaphyte molds. Fungi develop rapidly due to many factors: humiditiy, heat, trauma, diabetes mellitus, and underling tinea pedis (or athlete’s foot). Usually, nail fungus occurs when fungus enter the nail through small trauma (cut of break) in the nail, Nail fungus can be spread from person to person, and it can be difficult to determine exactly where or how a fungal infections is acquired. Toenail infections can be more difficult to treat than fingernails because toenails grow much more slowly. In addition, the wamr and damp environment of a shoe or boot can encourage fungal growth. If the infection is visible, nails are thick and discolored; sometimes patients site pain in the toes or fingertips.

How Does the Laser Treatment Work?

When undergoing laser toenail fungus treatment, a medical professional will directly apply a focused light source onto the toe that is infected. The treatment will target the fungal infection in the toenail and the area below the toenail (call the toenail matrix).  The laser treatment destroys the fungal infection; there is not too much pain involved since the nail is comprised of dead cells. Only living fungus is targeted by the laser.

In addition to the laser treatment itself, other lifestyle changes are necessary in order to prevent the growth from reforming. We prescribe these during your visit – it usually includes throwing out old shoes or applying a special spray to them, as well as a topical medication for the foot.

What kind of laser is it?

1064nm Nd:YAG (neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet)

Restrictions?

The cost and number of visits required is different for every individual based on the severity of the infection. You can come in and consult with our doctor on Friday afternoons, by appointment.

Wake Up With Make Up

Permanent makeup is a cosmetic technique which employs tattoos (permanent pigmentation of the dermis) as a means of producing designs that resemble makeup, such as eyeliner and other permanent enhancing colors to the skin of the face, lips, and eyelids. It is also used to produce artificial eyebrows, particularly in people who have lost them as a consequence of old age, disease, such as alopecia totalis, chemotherapy, or a genetic disturbance, and to disguise scars and white spots in the skin. It is also used to restore or enhance the breast’s areola, such as after breast surgery.

Most commonly called permanent cosmetics, other names include dermapigmentation, micropigmentation, and cosmetic tattooing, the latter being most appropriate since permanent makeup is, in fact, tattooing. In the United States and under similar arrangements in some other countries, the colorant additives used in permanent makeup pigments are subject to pre-market approval as cosmetics and or color additives under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. However because of other competing public health priorities and a previous lack of evidence of safety problems specifically associated with these pigments, FDA traditionally has not exercised regulatory authority for color additives on the pigments used in tattoo inks.

NEW!!! CO2 Fractional Laser Treatment

CO2 Fractional Laser Treatment is an incredible treatment. Wrinkles, stretch marks, burns and scars can all be treated with the CO2 fractional laser with impressive results without harsh side effects.

Collagen is the main protein that keeps skin looking young and line free.  Over time sun exposure, pollution and the natural process of aging destroys collagen therefore increasing wrinkles.  The CO2 fractional treatment laser uses light energy to create tiny holes in the skin.  These holes put the natural collagen created by the body into high speed, creating extra collagen and reducing wrinkles, fine lines, stretch marks, burns and scars.

There will be redness and swelling that lasts about two days.  According to the American Society for Dermatological Surgery http://www.asds.net/, patients with darker complexions may be at risk for pigmentation with any laser surgery.