Laser treatment targets the fungus directly and gets to the source of the problem immediately. Tiny pulses of light from the laser passes through the toenail to the fungus underneath. The fungus is irradiated without any damage to the surrounding nail or skin.
Depending on how many toes are affected, the laser procedure will take 10 to 20 minutes.
Most people feel a slight warming sensation during the procedure. No pain medication is needed and most people find the treatment very easy to tolerate.
Many patients only need one treatment, but some need more if they have severe cases of toenail fungus. You won’t notice anything immediately following treatment. However, as your nail grows out, the new nail growth should be clear. Toenails grow slowly – especially nails infected with fungus. So, it may take 6 to 12 months for your toenail to clear.
Reinfection with toenail fungus may be acquired anywhere from your environment, for example, damp areas such as public swimming pools. Consult with your healthcare professional to understand how to prevent toenail fungus from reoccurring.
While it is important to remove nail polish, decoration and jewelry prior to treatment, you can reapply nail polish 24 hours after treatment.