In our previous blog post about common fungal nail treatment methods, you learned about the advantages and disadvantages of oral medication, nail lacquer, cold laser treatment and thermal laser treatment.
In today’s post, we’ll be discussing the benefits of thermal laser treatment.
Using Thermal Laser Treatment for Fungal Nail Infections (Onychomycosis)
Thermal laser treatment has become a very popular option for treating nail fungus over the last few years. It has also been shown to have a success rate of over 88%.
How Thermal Laser Treatment Works
Thermal laser treatment works by gently heating the nail bed, i.e. the tissue under the nail plate. This photo-thermal process and increase in temperature affect the cellular metabolism of the nail tissue. The lipids in the cell membranes are altered and they are no longer able to protect the cells. This leads to killing of the fungus itself.
Is it Painful?
Usually no. The process of thermal laser treatment is very carefully controlled so that there is little or no heat felt on the skin. Most of the time the only sensation the patient feels is a warm tingly feeling. However in some cases, especially when a long wave pulse laser is being used, there are chances of discomfort.
Are there any Side Effects?
There are no known side effects to thermal laser treatment.
Is the Thermal Laser Treatment of Nail Fungus FDA Approved?
Although many clinics are using thermal lasers for treating nail fungus, you should be aware that not all lasers are FDA approved for this particular treatment. Lasers which as FDA approved for fungal nail treatment include those manufactured by Pinpointe, Cutera Genesis and Fotona.
At Nail Fungus Clinic, our lasers are FDA approved for nail fungus treatment.