ABOUT NAIL FUNGUS REMOVAL
About 12% of American’s suffer from yellow, discolored, and thickened toenail fungus known as Onychomycosis. The bad news is that there is no 100% cure for this unsightly fungus and current medication prescribed to suppress this can pose unnecessary stress to your liver with poor efficacy.
The good news is that laser treatment of nail fungus is a very effective proven method that offers a new alternative to oral medications. Bella Mia Medical now offers the latest, most advanced treatment of laser toenail fungus with proven clinical protocols to achieve maximum success.
With onychomycosis, the visible changes of the toenail are usually gradual and tend to worsen over time. There are several types of fungus that can cause onychomycosis, and the condition may develop after trauma to the foot or as a complication of athlete’s foot.
What Are The Symptoms?
- Yellow, white, or brown discoloration of the affected toenail
- Flaky debris under or on the nail
- Onycholysis- detachment of the nail from the nail bed below
- Thickening of the nail or a change in texture
- Changes in the shape of the nail, such as an increase in curvature
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What to Expect
Laser devices emit pulses of energy that impart heat to tissues such as nails and skin. The laser energy penetrates through the toenail to the nail bed where the fungus is likely also present.
The laser is believed to exert antifungal activity by killing the mold or fungal organisms. When these microbes absorb the heat, they are destroyed. Pulsing the laser or using selected wavelengths helps minimize heat on the skin, which reduces the risk of bleeding and pain. There may also be other, still-unidentified factors at play which aid in clearing the infection.
An initial consultation for laser onychomycosis treatment involves an evaluation of the symptoms and possibly filing down of the nail (debridement). Typically, onychomycosis is diagnosed based on the appearance of the nail, but a sample may be taken for examination under a microscope if necessary.
The laser will be maneuvered over any affected nails and may even be used over non-affected nails. One session typically lasts 30 minutes or less.
While some people experience resolution of the infection with a single treatment, additional treatments may be recommended depending on the results. Even effective treatments are not expected to clear an infected nail immediately—it may take up 12 months until the nail grows out to determine if the treatment has been successful.
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Laser nail fungus treatment FAQs
What causes fungus to grow under the nails?
There are several reasons why someone would develop fungus under the nails. Some conditions like athlete's foot, trauma, poor nail hygiene, and certain medications are all common causes. During your consultation, we can learn about your medical background to understand why you have this problem.
What will happen if nail fungus is not properly treated?
If nail fungus is not treated by a professional, fungus can spread and cause problems like discoloration, thickening of the nail, and even detachment from the nail bed. We recommend calling Bella Mia Medical as soon as possible for treatment options to minimize future damage.
Will my insurance cover laser nail fungus treatment?
If your procedure is considered for cosmetic purposes, it may not be covered by your health insurance. Our team can review the reasons for laser treatment and investigate whether insurance will cover the costs. We can also review easy payment options — so your procedure is as affordable as possible.