FAQ - Toenail Fungus

How does the nail fungus laser work?

A toenail fungus laser works by shining a focused beam of light in a narrow range, more commonly known as a laser, into a toenail infected with fungus (onychomycosis). The laser penetrates the toenail and vaporizes fungus embedded in the nail bed and nail plate where toenail fungus exists. The toenail fungus targeted laser is tuned to a specific frequency that affects cells that are responsible for infection.

Is nail laser treatment painful?

The focused, targeted laser light beam will have no effect on healthy tissue, and will only target the infected areas. A patient undergoing laser nail treatment for fungus removal procedures should experience a warming discomfort or a pinprink during or after the treatment.

How long does the toenail laser treatment take?

It takes approximately 10 minutes to treat an infected big toe’s fungus. If you have more than one toe infected with toenail fungus, it may take longer. Laser toenail fungus treatment patients generally require 3-4 sessions.

Does toenail fungus laser treatment really work?

Clinical studies to date reveal that over 80% of treated patients show significant improvement when using certain types of lasers.  In most cases the nail fungus pathogen is completely eliminated.

How soon will I see improvement to my toenails after treatment with a laser?

On average, any toenail will replace itself every 6 to 9 months through natural growth. Healthy new growth will be visible within the first 3 months as the new nail replaces the old. However, follow up treatment with an anti-fungal cream will show an increase of up to 100% in the speed of healthy nail replacement.

Is the laser toenail fungus treatment safe?

Yes, it is safe.

When can I paint my nails or have a pedicure?

You can choose to have a pedicure between treatments or paint your nails, but the doctors recommend not to paint your nails to prevent moisture build up on your nails. The polish needs to be removed the day before treatment.

Are there any side effects for this treatment?

Not known side effects from use of lasers to treat toenail fungus infection. As you may know, the use of oral nail fungus medication In our clinical studies on a variety of lasers there have been no adverse reactions, injuries, disabilities or available today for treatment of fungus nails carries with it possible systemic involvement (commonly the liver and kidney). This laser toenail treatment does not.

Do I have to take any drugs as part of the laser toenail fungus treatment?

No. No drugs or topical ointments are required. Some doctors may prescribe topical or oral medication in conjunction with treatment depending on your situation and their diagnosis, again only a physician can make a diagnosis and determine the treatment for your toenail fungus infection.

Will I be able to walk after laser toenail fungus treatment?

You will be able to walk out of the office just as well as you walked in, you might even have a smile on your face. The laser toenail fungus treatment will not harm you in any way. Toenails are dead cells, the laser targets living fungus inside the nail. During the procedure a technician will ask you to indicate any discomfort, and if it is felt will adjust the laser treatment accordingly. Please note that each physician will determine the specific course of action depending on their diagnosis and the equipment involved.

What is the cost for laser toenail treatment?

Cost varies by factors such as the severity of the infection, thickness of nails. Please contact Doral Medical Center to determine the cost of laser toenail fungus treatment.

Does my insurance pay for this?

Currently the laser toenail fungus procedure is not included as a health insurance benefit in any plan that we know of; however, the initial foot consultation is free. Insurance plans will consider the laser toenail fungus treatment a cosmetic / aesthetic procedure and therefore does not provide coverage. Payment can be made with cash, credit or debit card.