Fungal Nail (Onychomycosis) Laser Therapy Treatment
Dr Boyuka has created a unique laser therapy protocol for the treatment and clearing of a fungal toenail infection. Our Initial Intensive Laser Therapy Course combines both focused individual nail treatments, using the Aspen Laser Handpiece, and additional Lunula Laser Forefoot and Toenail treatments. Every 2 weeks, the patient undergoes a Laser Therapy session to the affected toenails, alternating between the Aspen Individual Focused Laser and the Lunula Laser, over a 3 month period.
Some of our patients choose a Maintenance Laser Therapy Package at their 4 month assessment, to maintain clearing of nails or to continue treatment on an advanced case. Since there is no cure for toenail fungus, Dr Boyuka recommends that her patients consider this maintenance option to maximize their long term clinical success.
Dr Boyuka’s unique Laser Therapy Protocol (with using Aspen Laser Handpiece and the Lunula Laser), provides a painless treatment for toenail fungus. The laser energy targets the fungal infection by photobiomodulation, and energizes the damaged tissue cells,which triggers a cascade of healing responses in your body. The affected cells are now stimulated to increase oxygenation of tissue, which in turn inhibits fungal organisms and stimulates new clear nail growth. There are no dangerous smoke plumes, and it does not burn out the fungus or the nail. This Laser treatment takes about 2-3 minutes per focused nail treatment and 12 minutes per forefoot treatment.
Will Laser Therapy for toenails fungus cause pain? How does the treatment feel?
Most patients only will feel a slight warming sensation, or nothing at all. This is due to the wavelengths of light (laser) energy which each Laser Machine uses. Patients and the laser technician must wear protective eyewear, but there is no burning of the fungus or nail, and no dangerous smoke plumes.
Dr Boyuka recommends that her patients perform additional daily treatments at home to their nails, skin and shoes, both during and after Laser therapy, to maximize the clinical outcome and prevent recurrence
We recommend sanitizing your shoes with an ultraviolet light shoe sterilizer, while treating the nails and feet. Fungus, yeast and bacteria can remain in your shoes, resulting in reinfection, every time you put them on. We also recommend treating the skin with a topical antifungal daily.
The following recommended products are available at Southern Tier Podiatry (discounted pricing with the Initial Intensive Laser Therapy Course)
Formula 7 Topical Solution for Nails Steri-Shoe UV Light Sanitizer
Fungi Foam Topical for Skin CleanSweep Antifungal Shoe Spray
Laser therapy treatment is consider cosmetic and is not covered by insurance
Why would I choose Laser therapy instead of just topical medications for Toenail Fungus?