The Laser beam is designed to shine through your nail and destroy the specific pathogens embedded in and under your nail that cause the infection. The nail will not become instantly clear- it takes time to grow out.
This is a better result than antifungal medicine, which you take for three months with some risk of side effects to the liver or kidneys.
If the nail bed is healthy the nail plate should grow out in 6-12 months, with healthy new growth visible within the first 3 months.
To prepare for a laser treatment for fungal nail infection it is usually advisable to first have a full medical pedicure. Reduction of the thickness of the infected nails will allow the laser light to penetrate as deep as possible to completely kill the infection and the medical pedicure will also remove all dead skin and detritus that may have built up around the nail bed.
Your nails will immediately show a marked improvement and the dead fungus will grow out over time.
Further treatments are always required to ensure that no remaining infection remains and four treatments at one to two week intervals will usually give complete clearance.
During the procedure it is essential to maintain very high levels of hygiene of the feet and to discard shoes and socks that may have become infected.
The treatment is painless and to date we have had 100% success rate.
Yes among elderly patients the incidence is approximately 25%, in diabetic patients of all ages the incidence is also 25%. Among children, this disease is nearly absent.
Onychomycosis is usually only of cosmetic concern. However in HIV-positive patients, diabetic patients, or otherwise imunocompromised patients, onychomycosis can present a more serious risk.
You should not take drugs which induce photosensitivity before laser therapy other drugs are safe.
The nail is irradiated in 4 treatment sessions, each spaced one week apart. If the nail is thick it needs to be filed down first.
Current clinical studies with a Fotona SP Plus indicate that clearance is 100% on 6 month follow up.