Yag Laser Fungal Nail Treatment
- A quick and effective solution to fungal nail infections
- Uses heat to destroy dermatophytes and eliminate fungus
- Optimum results are typically achieved in 4-6 treatment sessions
Our fungal nail treatment system utilises the latest Yag Laser technology to safely and effectively provide a long term solution to fungal nail infections and associated symptoms including discolouration and thickening of the nail.
Our Yag Laser system emits light which is readily absorbed by the water in the skin underneath and around the nail, in turn creating heat. This heat helps to destroy the dermatophytes and eliminate the fungal infection.
Prior to treatment, a consultation is conducted in which a medical history is taken to confirm suitability for treatment. There is also an opportunity for any questions you may have to be answered and time for a small patch test to be carried out*. During treatment the laser applicator is then placed on the nail and a short pulse of light is released. The applicator is then moved to the neighbouring area and the process is repeated until the entire nail bed and nail matrix has been treated. Protective eye wear will be provided.
Treatment of all 10 toenails is completed within 30 minutes. It is necessary to treat all nails, even those that appear healthy, to avoid spread of the infection and ensure optimum results.
Typically 4 to 6 treatments are needed for optimum results, with repeat treatments usually taken at 4 to 6 week intervals. Results become apparent as the nail grows out which may take several months for the full results to be seen.
Treatment sensation varies but most clients liken the sensation to a quick, hot pin prick. Typically no anaesthesia is required and most clients describe the discomfort as moderate and tolerable.
The side-effects of laser treatments are generally mild and transient (unlike the side-effects of some of the medications used to treat fungal infections). After treatment the area may be red, a little swollen and/or tender but this usually subsides within a few hours. Though uncommon, there is some risk of a small blister forming in the area around the nail, and of temporary lightening or darkening of the skin. In rare cases, if the nail is very badly infected the nail may fall off, but if this occurs it will be replaced by a smoother, uninfected nail.
Following treatment it is essential to wash, sterilise or dispose of old shoes which may harbour fungal spores. Socks and bedsheets must also be disinfected and feet should be exposed to fresh air as often and for as long as possible.