Treating Onychomycosis – Nail Fungus
Understanding Laser Treatment
Laser nail fungus treatment is a safe, effective, and no-pain procedure that takes only a few minutes. NuNail is Maine’s leading provider of laser treatments for nail fungus, and we are here to help.
Why does laser treatment work?
NuNail uses the leading Nd:YAG laser, the LightPod Neo which is perfectly designed for treating nail fungus. In .6ms, pulses of high-powered laser energy passes through the nail (nail plate) to the nail matrix and nail growth area, killing the fungus. The laser energy heats and kills the dermatophytes that make up Onychomycosis. No visible changes are seen immediately, as the nail grows out over 3-6 months, the nail begins to clear. In humans, nails grow at an average rate of 3 mm (0.12 in) a month. Fingernails require three to six months to regrow completely, and toenails require 12 to 18 months. Actual growth rate is dependent upon age, sex, season, exercise level, diet, and hereditary factors. Nails grow faster in the summer than in any other season.
What does the laser treatment feel like?
In most cases, patients may feel slight warming or pressure during the laser nail fungus treatment procedure and no pain whatsoever. Also, as the laser light hits the nail plate, a harmless “snapping” sound may occur. 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?
There is no pain or anything unusual after the treatment is completed, 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?
Treatment usually takes 30 to 60 minutes depending on the severity of infection. During the free consultation, our expert technician explains the benefits of laser treatment for nail 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 nail fungus. The actual process if relatively quick to perform. After the procedure, we will apply an antifungal solution to your feet and sterilize your shoes.
How to get started?
Please schedule an appointment with NuNail by sending us an email, booking online, or by phone. Over the phone we can answer your basic questions. When you arrive for your free consultation, we have a gallery of photos highlighting successfully treated patients, answer any questions you have, and provide “how to care for your toes” after the treatment. One of the most important elements is the aftercare to prevent re-infection.
What are the success rates?
Results may vary and there are many factors to consider, but the LightPod Neo is FDA cleared and used by many clinic around the world. In fact, clinical studies using this laser system have shown the highest rates of success and clearance than any other laser systems currently on the market. Similar practitioners have seen a 90% success rate in their practices.
Is it safe to paint my nails after the treatment?
It is important to remove all nail polish before the laser treatment, but yes, you can paint your nails 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?
Most insurance companies consider laser nail fungus treatment a cosmetic procedure and DO NOT cover treatment.
How much does laser treatment cost?
The cost to treat one foot is $550 and $900 for both feet.