Toenail Fungus Treatment with Laser

Toenail fungus is often considered both a medical and cosmetic concern because of the pain the infection can cause as well as the yellowish, crusty appearance of the toenail. Dr. Tavakoli and Corona Hair and Skin Clinic utilize Noveon dual wavelength laser in stopping the growth of toenail fungus. This device is the most effective FDA cleared machine  that can destroy the fungus painlessly and without harming the normal tissue.

How it Works

Laser Nail Fungus Treatment in Vancouver, WALaser energy from two different laser wavelengths in the Noveon laser  is simultaneously delivered to the toenail area to kill the fungus in the nail plate and surrounding soft tissue. Surrounding skin, tissue, and even the nail itself is not harmed by the laser energy. Only the fungus in the nail plate will be targeted and destroyed. The procedure does not cause discomfort, nor does it require any numbing.

You will need your toenail polish removed before you come in for your treatment. If you toenail is thicker than 1 mm, you MUST have it filed down to about 1 mm thick, or the desired result may not occur.

Length of Treatment Sessions

Most treatment sessions are performed in less than twenty minutes for one foot. This will largely depend on the number of toenails that are affected and, therefore, how many toenails require treatment.

Recovery from Treatment

This is a non-invasive procedure so you can come in for treatment and return to your normal routine immediately after. There is no required downtime afterwards. While there are generally no restrictions placed on the activities you can engage in, wearing shoes that allow plenty of room for the toes and keeping the feet dry is encouraged. Fungus likes warm, damp environments such as in shoes, locker rooms, showers, and around pools.

Results and Expectations

Be sure to inquire about results with our staff, so you understand what to expect. In some cases, patients require only one treatment session with our laser and most are effectively treated with just two sessions. The results are not evident right away, as it takes a few months for the healthy nail to grow from its root. Adding specially formulated antifungal toenail polish is always advised to improve the results.

Tips to Prevent Toenail Fungal Infections

It is important to understand that recurrence of toenail fungus is a possibility. This is especially true if proper precautions are not taken to avoid exposure to fungus or areas where fungus may thrive. As mentioned, fungus likes warm, damp areas.

Locker rooms, public pools, and similar areas frequented by many people are breeding grounds for fungus, so avoid going barefoot in these areas. Avoid sharing shoes and socks with other people. Change your shoes and socks if they become damp or wet, and dry your feet thoroughly after showering or swimming. Do not share towels, nail clippers, nail polish, or other items that may spread toenail fungus.

Fungus may enter the toenail area through very small cracks that may not even be visible to the naked eye; therefore, some infections may occur even if precautions are taken. While proper hygiene may not itself prevent fungal infections, cleaning the feet regularly and keeping  toenails properly trimmed may be helpful in promoting overall foot and toenail health.

VERY IMPORTANT: before you come in, you MUST file down your toenails that are thick, to only about one millimeter thin. Thicker toenails are not responsive to lasers as the laser energy does not penetrate nail plates that are too thick. You will also need to remove the nail polish on ALL toes of the affected foot. 

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