HOW DOES THE Cutera Laser WORK?
The Cutera Laser is a great new treatment for toenail fungal infections that has become widely accepted in the community and now has FDA approval. It kills the fungus that lives in and under the toenail. The laser light passes through the toenail without causing damage to the nail or the surrounding skin. However, the toenail will not become instantly clear, for it takes time to grow out.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF THE LASER?
During the procedure, the pathogens that cause toenail fungus are targeted, allowing the new nail to grow in healthy and clear. Unlike some medication-driven treatments for toenail fungus, the laser presents no side effects, and it is a great alternative for many patients who cannot or do not want to take oral medications. It is completely safe with no pain.
IS THE PROCEDURE PAINFUL?
Most people feel no pain. Some people feel a warming sensation and very few feel a pinprick.
IS THERE A RECOVERY PERIOD?
No. The laser treats patients in a single session by just walking in and walking out.
HOW LONG DOES THE PROCEDURE TAKE?
The laser procedure takes approximately 30 to 45 minutes.
DOES IT REALLY WORK?
Clinical studies to date reveal that over 60% - 65% of treated patients for toenail fungal infections show significant improvement. In most cases, fungus infected nails are completely cured.
WILL THE FUNGUS COME BACK?
The fungus is killed after one treatment and typically the doctor recommends care techniques to reduce recurrence of the infection. There is a chance of reinfection because the fungus is present everywhere in the environment.
WHEN CAN I PAINT MY NAILS OR HAVE A PEDICURE?
You can apply nail polish immediately after the treatment. It is important to remove all nail polish and nail decorations the day before your treatment.
HOW DO I PAY FOR THE TREATMENT?
Credit cards, cash and money orders are all accepted. You may also use your Medical IRA, Health Savings or Flexible Spending Account.
IS THIS COVERED BY MY INSURANCE?
At this time there is no company that covers the PinPointe laser procedure because it is considered to be aesthetic. However, if you have a Health Savings Account or Medical IRA, 100% of the cost can be covered.
IS IT FDA CLEARED?
Yes, it is cleared by the FDA.
Life in the LowCountry! -- time for sandals and flip-flops and peek-a-boo toes. But what's showing on your feet? Painted nails and pretty toe rings...or ugly foot fungus? Nail fungus affects about 38 million people in America. Many people wonder how they got this disease, which can be difficult to eradicate and is certainly unsightly. Here are some commonly asked questions...with answers.
Q: How did I get this toenail fungus?
A: As a practicing board-certified Family Physician, I am asked this question quite often. Unfortunately, it's difficult to ascertain the exact cause of a fungus. Some patients may recall a dirty nail salon or a summer trip with a roommate who may have had toe fungus. The truth is, fungus is everywhere, and some people are more susceptible to it than are others. Fungus can be found in gym locker rooms, hotel rooms, and nail salons. It would be difficult not to be exposed to it, but if you limit your exposure, you can minimize the chance of getting a bad infection.
Q: What does it look like?
A: Fungal infections can cause the nails to become discolored, thick, yellow, incurvated, and can possibly cause the nail to break away from the nail bed, leading to a gap between the nail plate and the nail bed. This allows for dirt, bacteria, germs, and fungus to live under the toenail and breed. Occasionally this can lead to odor as well.
Q: Is toenail fungus contagious?
A: Yes. Studies have shown spouses generally can infect each other. If you or a loved one have fungus, it is better to treat it early to prevent the spread to others in your household.
Q: Is it more common in women?
A: We see a greater number of women with the infection, likely due to the fact that most women paint their toenails. This allows for a dark area under the nail and allows the fungus to breed. Women also take more trips to the nail salon, so they are exposed to fungus more often.
Q: Why are fingernails less likely to develop fungus?
A: Fungus thrives in a dark, moist environment. Fingernails are exposed to light, and there is less moisture on the fingernails. In fact, many people have dry skin on their fingers.
Q: How can I avoid getting this infection?
A: Consider using a nail salon that uses sterile instruments and either bring your own nail file or make sure that a new one is used. The nail file is porous and can act as a breeding ground for fungus. Always use flip-flops at the gym or in hotel rooms. Also consider an anti-fungal powder in your shoes to decrease moisture. Since fungus breeds in a dark, moist environment, you should leave damp or wet shoes near a window to dry properly. Do not put them in your dark closet.
Q: How bad can the fungus get?
A: Fungus can affect the nails to different degrees. You can have a very mild or superficial infection that can usually be treated by topical medications and debridement. This usually starts with white spots on the surface of the nail. Moderate infections may penetrate the nail plate and may affect up to 50% of it. Other, more severe infections can affect over 50% of the nail plate and can get down to the matrix/root of the nail.
Q: How can I effectively treat this?
A: In my experience, topical medications are rather ineffective, and must be applied daily for up to a year. Oral medication have been shown to be effective, with 60-90% success rates. However, the medications run a small risk of liver toxicity, labs must be checked on a regular basis, and the patient is strongly advised to abstain from alcohol during the treatment period. Laser treatment has been shown to be easy, highly effective, and safe.
Q: How safe is the Cutera YAG laser?
A: The laser is completely safe. It is a YAG laser that has been around for many years. YAG lasers have been used for hair removal, aging spots, and sunspots.
Q: What are the benefits of the laser?
A: For optimal results, we recommend two treatments, which require no drugs and no anesthesia. Laser light passes through the toenail without causing damage to the nail or surrounding skin. During the procedure, the pathogens that cause toenail fungus are targeted, allowing the new nail to grow in healthy and clear. Unlike some medication-driven treatments for toenail fungus, the laser presents minimal risk of side effects, and it is a great alternative for many patients who can't or don't want to take oral meds.
Q: Can I use nail polish during treatment?
A: You can use nail polish while on oral medication and immediately after the laser treatment. If a patient is on topical therapy, she cannot use nail polish as the topical medications will not penetrate through the polish.
Q: What is the cost of the laser treatment for Toenail Fungus?
A: A single treatment with the laser procedure costs from about $500 to upward of $1500 across the country.
Call now and be one of many to get rid of this disease with this great toenail fungus treatment, pain free! We currently offer a two-treatment package for only $975.
A Breakthrough in Nail Fungus Treatment
These results are real, effective, and will only get better with time. If toenail fungus is a disease that you have been fighting and have not won over, try the Cutera YAG laser. It's the most effective toenail fungus treatment there is. These results could soon be seen on your toenails! Learn more about the procedure by reading the information below.