How does the 980nm diode Laser Toenail Fungus Treatment Work?
Laser treatments for toenail fungus work by shining a focused beam of light in a narrow range, more commonly known as a laser, into a toenail infected with toenail fungus or onychomycosis. The laser penetrates the toenail and vaporizes fungus embedded in the nail bed and nail plate where toenail fungus exists. The 980nm diode laser is a targeted laser tuned to a specific frequency that effects cells that are responsible for the toenail fungus infection.
Nail fungus laser treatment is safe and effective. This in-office treatment is pain free and with no harmful side effects, and typically takes only about 30-45 minutes to complete. Standing out as a new alternative for nail fungus removal, it helps to eradicate onychomycosis, or nail fungus, easily solve your cosmetic and pain issue on the toenails.
What is Nail Fungus?
Onychomycosis means fungal infection of the nail. It is the most common disease of the nails and constitutes about a half of all nail abnormalities. This condition may affect toenails or fingernails. It is estimated to affect nearly 10% of the general population, with the incidence rising to nearly 30%, in patients over age 60.
With only partial efficacy and various side effects from pharmaceutical options, laser treatment is fast becoming the option of choice for nail fungus eradication. 980nm wavelength laser has demonstrated superior results in nail fungus removal, showing safety and efficacy. It provides excellent results with deep penetration, ensuring effective treatment through the nail, without impacting other surrounding structures.
We provide many types of handpiece sets for this treatment, with different spot sizes. During the procedure, the pathogens that cause toenail fungus are targeted, allowing the new nail to grow in healthy and clear. Unlike some medication-driven treatments for toenail fungus, the laser presents no side effects, and it is a great alternative for many patients who cannot or do not want to take oral medications. It is completely Safe with no pain.
Is there any down time after receiving the treatment on all the toe nails?
There is no downtime following the procedure. You can go about your daily schedule immediately following the treatment!
What should I expect from my treatment for 980nm diode laser toenail removal?
You will be able to walk out of the office just as well as you walked in, you might even have a smile on your face. The 980nm diode laser toenail fungus treatment will not harm you in any way. Toenails are dead cells, the laser targets living fungus inside the nail. During the procedure a technician will ask you to indicate any discomfort, and if it is felt will adjust the laser treatment accordingly. Please note that each physician will determine the specific course of action depending on their diagnosis and the equipment involved.
The treatment outcome can be reached by a single or double session, but it depends on the severity of the fungal infection. The outcome, the growth of new clear nail structures is therefore not immediately visible. Nevertheless, in about 6 – 8 weeks after the initial treatment the first new formed clear nail structures are discernible. If this is not the case, an additional treatment could be implemented. A 3rd treatment (ca. 6 – 8 weeks after the 2nd treatment) could be necessary if the fungal infection is very definitive. The ultimate result should be visible in 9 month till one year.
Is this a safe effective way to removal toenail fungus?
The studies on 980nm diode laser treatment for toenail fungus are extremely encouraging, and to date, no known side effects have been found. Long-term effects for 980nm laser treatment for toenail fungus are promising. Coupled with good hygiene of the toes, and follow up treatment with a topical anti-fungal oil, patients should experience good, long-term result in the elimination of the toe nail fungus.
Is 980nm diode toenail laser treatment painful?
The focused, targeted laser light beam will have no effect on healthy tissue, and will only target the infected areas. A patient undergoing laser nail treatment for fungus removal procedures might experience minimal discomfort during or after the treatment.