Toenail fungus is a fungal infection of the toenails and fingernails. Also known as Onychomycosis, this condition is quite common and affects 20% of the global population. Toenails are more commonly infected by fungal infections as compared to fingernails. Nail fungus causes nails to thicken and discolour. It distorts the shape of the infected nail, makes it brittle and sometimes it also crumbles from the edges.
It begins as a white or sometimes even a yellow spot under the tip of the nail and grows overtime. The infected nail looks unsightly and may cause pain when standing or walking.
Nail fungus is particularly hard to remove using OTC antifungal creams and oral medications typically because the fungal infection grows beneath the infected nail’s surface. It may take several months to show signs of improvement and continuous usage of OTC treatments may also cause serious side effects. Therefore, it is best to consider laser nail fungus treatment. To book your appointment, contact us today! At Skin Envy MedSpa, we specialize in laser nail fungus removal. It is one of the most common procedures we specialize in.
Causes of Toenail Fungus
Fungal nail infection is usually caused by Dermatophyte fungus. In certain situations, yeast and mold can also be responsible for toenail fungal infection. These are microscopic organisms that thrive in moist environments like swimming pools, locker areas, spas and public showers.
Other causes may include lack of air circulation and age. As you age, you become more susceptible to it.
Symptoms of Toe Nail Fungus
- Symptoms include:
- Discoloured nails
- Ragged, brittle and crumbled nails
- Thickened and distorted nails
- Dark colour of the nails caused by debris building under them
Genesis by Cutera
At Skin Envy MedSpa, we use Genesis by Cutera, the most advanced, premium and effective podiatric laser treatment for nail fungus removal from toes and feet. It is a fast, safe and an excellent treatment for patients suffering from toenail fungus infection. It is non-invasive and delivers beyond satisfactory results without causing any discomfort or side effects.
How does it Work?
Genesis Plus is a patented plus structure Nd:YAG 1064nm laser approved by the FDA. The laser beam is quickly absorbed by the pigments in the fungi under the nail. It causes fungi pigments to heat up. The heat kills and destroys the fungal organism, thereby permitting the nail to grow normally.
The treatment takes about 15 to 30 minutes. The time frame may vary depending on the severity of the nail fungal infection and the areas infected. For best results, three or more treatments are recommended. To give you a realistic estimation of the time and treatments you may need and whether you are a good candidate for this procedure, we recommend you to get a complimentary consultation from our expert first.
How long does it take for Results to Show?
The results are not immediate. It may take 6-12 months for toenails to grow out. Remember toenail grow slowly- especially if they have been infected by fungus. So, patience is the key. As your nail grows out you will see it is both healthy and clear.
Does This Laser Nail Fungus Treatment Actually Work?
Yes it does! In fact in most cases, Genesis Plus treatment has been found to remove the toenail fungus pathogen completely.
Are the Results Permanent?
The chances of re-infection are not fully eliminated because the fungus is present everywhere in our environment. However, your toenail infection should improve following the treatment but it is advisable to take good care of your nails to reduce recurrence of the infection. Consult an expert to learn how you can prevent nail fungus from reoccurring.
When Can I Paint My Nails After the Treatment?
You can apply nail polish the following day. Here it is important to understand, nail polish and nail art must be removed the day before the procedure is scheduled.
How Does Genesis Plus Laser Nail Fungus Treatment Compare to other Fungus Treatments?
In comparison to other toenail fungus treatment like oral medicine and topical formulas, Genesis Plus is a safer and an effective treatment. Traditional OTC treatments have significant side effects. Topical medicines need to be used for a year and sometimes even more and have a low success rate. Oral medication can lead to side effects like kidney and liver problems.