A safe, effective treatment for toes and feet
Nail fungus, also called onychomycosis, is a common condition estimated to affect up to 10% of the population worldwide. It can cause nails to become yellow or discolored. As the infection advances the nail can become thick, brittle and separate from the nail bed. It can also cause pain when wearing shoes or walking.
What is GenesisPlus?
GenesisPlus is a Nd:YAG 1064nm laser that has been cleared* to be both a safe and effective solution for the treatment of nail infection (onychomycosis), more commonly known as toenail fungus. This laser is also a safe and effective treatment for scar reduction and warts.
How does GenesisPlus work?
Laser light from GenesisPlus passes through the nail and the surrounding tissue. The laser light is absorbed by pigment in the fungi, which causes the pigment to heat, and this heat kills or damages the fungal organism. This can result in your nail growing normally.
Are there any clinical studies?
In a clinical study, over 80% of patients treated for toenail fungus showed improvement in the percent of nail clear of infection. The amount of nail improvement you may experience is dependent on your individual circumstances and should be discussed with your doctor.
Will the fungus come back?
Your nail infection should improve following treatment but you will need to continue with home care techniques to reduce recurrence of the infection as advised by your doctor. There is a chance of re-infection because the fungus is present everywhere in the environment.
What can you expect?
The treatment involves passing the laser beam over the infected nails and surrounding skin. Your physician will repeat this several times until enough energy has reached the nail bed. Your nail will feel warm during the treatment.
How Do We Get Started?
Schedule an appointment with Advanced Foot & Ankle Clinic where we’ll assess your needs and talk about the Cutera Laser therapy process. We’ll answer any questions you have and show you photos of the typical results you can expect. When you’re ready, we’ll schedule a quick in-office treatment and you’re on your way to new nails.
Can the nail not improve
The Cutera Laser is FDA approved and shown to be safe and effective. The nail is expected to improve with just one treatment. Clinical reports to date have been encouraging with most patients noticing significant improvement. As with all medical procedures, a 100% guarantee is not possible. In a randomized 3-12 month study of 100 subjects, significant nail plate clearance was observed in more than 95% of the subject cases with an mean clearance of greater then 56% of the (abnormal or affected) regions. Changing socks and shoes frequently and controlling excessive perspiration are helpful in preventing recurrence
Can I polish my nails or have a pedicure?
You can apply polish to the nail immediately after the laser treatment. However it is important to remove all nail polish prior to your treatment.
Is the laser treatment covered by my health insurance?
No, the procedure is considered cosmetic, and is not covered by health insurance
How much does laser treatment cost?
The cost varies depending on the number of nails involved and severity of the infection. The national average for laser treatment is between $500 and $1200. However, since our practice offers the most state-of-the-art laser equipment, we can provide the most effective treatment in less time, and at a reduced cost. Our fees range between $295 and $945. A free consultation is provided to determine if you are a good candidate for laser treatment.
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