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Spade Skin Care Laser Fungal Nails Treatment FAQs

The Technology

The internally air-cooled LightPod technology utilizes compact, high-power electronics, which replaces the traditional design concept of bulky, stationary water-cooled lasers, eliminating the internal water circulating system (the primary reason for the extreme size and weight of traditional lasers) as well as the fiber optic cables and lightguides. The breakthrough of 650-microsecond pulse technology enables the production of high and low fluences ranging from 4 j/cm2 to 255 j/cm2 all within this single 650µsec pulse duration. Through clinical trials and research, the manufacture established this as the optimal pulse duration for enabling LightPod lasers to deliver energy deep into the targeted tissue with minimal absorption by epidermal melanin. This avoids thermal overstressing of the skin, eliminating treatment pain and diminishing the risk of any adverse effects commonly caused by the previous generation of long-pulse lasers. As a result, laser procedures can be performed without needing to cool the skin during treatment, even on skin of color.

What is Fungal Infections

They are very common on both fingernail and toenails. It is a living organism that thrives in dark, damp environments such as under and around nails. Toes are more likely to be affected by fungus since it is attracted to a dark and damp environment which is more common on the foot than on the hand. People who sweat in their shoes for long periods of time like athletes are prone to develop toenail fungus. In more severe conditions, affected nails can have a yellowish or brownish discoloration. They may thicken or become brittle over time, and may even shed. Sometimes the nails have crumbling edges. It can be embarrassing, unsightly, disfiguring, and at times, painful.

How does the toenail fungus laser work?

The laser light passes through the nail and kills the fungus that lives in and under the nail bed. The toenail fungus laser does not cause damage to the nail or surrounding skin.

Will I need one or more laser fungus treatments?

One treatment kills the toe fungus for some people, however some patients may need 3-5 treatments 4-6 weeks apart. In most cases you will have healthy nails, free from toenail fungus in 9 -12 months because of the growth time of the nail.

Is the laser toenail fungus procedure painful?

Most people feel a warming sensation and a few may feel a pinprick from this toenail fungus laser treatment.

Is there a recovery period for the toenail laser treatment?

No; just walk in and out.

How long does the toenail laser treatment take?

The entire procedure takes about 30 minutes

Will the toenail fungus come back?

After any type of toenail fungus treatment there is a chance of reinfection because the foot fungus is present everywhere in the environment. Using sandals in public areas and clean dry socks and shoes will help prevent a fungus infection from recurring.

When can I paint my nails or have a pedicure after laser toenail fungus treatment?

Immediately after the procedure you can apply nail polish but wait 24 hours to have a pedicure. It is important to have nail polish removed from the nails before treatment begins.

Is the laser toenail fungus procedure covered by my insurance?

No, this laser toenail fungus procedure is considered aesthetic and therefore health insurance plans do not provide coverage.

How much does laser toenail fungus treatment cost?

Laser toenail fungus procedure price is dependent on whether one or two feet need to be treated and the number of times it is required. For example treatment of one foot can cost as little as $99. We will discuss pricing during the initial complimentary consultation.

Why are toenails so much more prone to infection than fingernails?

The explanation is fairly simple: feet spend their days stuck in the damp, rarely cleaned insides of shoes, where bacteria thrive. And going barefoot can pose its own dangers—the same conditions crop up in damp public places such as swimming pools, locker rooms, and the fountain that gets the best coins thrown into it.

You can prevent fungal nail infections by taking these simple precautions:

  • Exercise proper hygiene and regularly inspect your feet and toes.
  • Keep your feet clean and dry.
  • Wear shower shoes in public facilities whenever possible.
  • Clip nails straight across so that the nail does not extend beyond the tip of the toe.
  • Use a quality foot powder (talcum, not cornstarch) in conjunction with shoes that fit well and are made of materials that breathe.
  • Avoid wearing excessively tight hosiery, which promotes moisture. Socks made of synthetic fiber tend to “wick” away moisture faster than cotton or wool socks, especially for those with more active lifestyles.
  • Disinfect home pedicure tools and don’t apply polish to nails suspected of infection.