We are proud to be the first medical office in Utah to offer a state-of-the–art laser treatment for fungal nail infections using the Q-Clear™ Laser System which is approved by the FDA for the treatment of Onychomycosis. The procedure is typically pain free and is conveniently performed in our office. The procedure is safe and you can return to normal activity immediately following the treatment.
A benefit of laser treatment for fungal nails is that it does not require the use of any systemic medications which generally requires blood tests to monitor for possible liver damage.
Our Q-Clear laser is produced by a highly respected company, Light Age, Inc. that manufacturers lasers for uses in medicine, science, government, and industry, including the Q-Clear™ Q-switched or long pulse NdYAG laser. This device has been available since 2004, and is made in the USA. The Q-Clear™ laser has previously been used primarily by dermatologists, plastic surgeons, other medical specialists, and now podiatrists.
Q-Clear™ is approved by the FDA for the treatment of onychomycosis. The FDA has also approved the Q-Clear™ for multiple lower extremity conditions including treatment of the soft tissues in general dermatology which would include soft tissues of the nail unit. Our goal is to provide accurate information regarding the potential patient and practice benefits possible with NdYAG lasers and the added advantage of Q-switched NdYAG lasers.
What are my treatment options?
Successful treatment of fungus of the nail unit may reduce thickness, improve appearance, and make trimming easier. However, treatment is not generally considered medically necessary unless other factors are present such as diabetes, poor circulation, excessive pressure, pain, or lack of normal sensation.
Treatment options include:
- Not having treatment and living with the condition.
- The use of liquid antifungals such as prescription Penlac which reports a 7% cure rate and 44% improvement rate.
- The use of prescription oral Lamisil which reports up to a 66% success rate with need for blood tests to monitor for possible liver damage.
- Laser treatment.
How does the laser treatment work?
Our office uses a Q-Switched NdYAG laser which is one of the most advanced dermatologic lasers currently available. In 3-10 billionths of a second, impulses of high power laser energy pass through the nail to the nail bed and nail growth area with typically no damage to the nail or surrounding skin. At the time of the procedure the fungus is expected to be destroyed. However, no visible change is seen until the nail begins to grow out. In a few months, a more normal nail is expected to appear with complete regrowth of the nail taking up to 9-12 months.
What is the recovery period?
No post treatment pain has been reported. You may resume all normal activities immediately. If you have any problems or questions, please contact our office.
Is the procedure painful?
Most people do not feel any pain. Some patients may experience slight warmth or occasional snapping sensation during the procedure. If you have any pain during the procedure, the laser power can be decreased slightly to eliminate any pain. No anesthesia is needed.
How long does the procedure take?
The amount of time varies on the degree of involvement of the nails. Very thick nails are mechanically reduced to a more normal thickness with specialized equipment. The laser is then applied typically taking only a few minutes. Overall, a visit for consultation and treatment will usually take about 30 minutes.
Can the fungus return or not go away?
The fungal infection is expected to improve with just one treatment. Clinical reports to date have been encouraging with most patients noticing significant improvement. As with all medical procedures, a 100% guarantee is not possible. In addition, since fungus is present everywhere in the environment, reinfection may occur. We will recommend preventative strategies to reduce the chance of reinfection. Changing socks and shoes frequently is helpful, as well as controlling excessive perspiration if present.
Can I polish my nails or have a pedicure?
You can apply polish to the nail immediately after the laser treatment. However it is important to remove all nail polish prior to your treatment.
How much does laser treatment cost?
Because we own the most state-of-the-art laser equipment, we can provide the most effective treatment at a reduced cost. Please call us today for specifics on pricing!
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