Laser treatment is among the most popular therapies for skin smoothening and hair reduction, but it can actually be used for treating stubborn onychomycosis or toenail fungus.
Here at Prestige Podiatry in our Indianapolis, IN, and Carmel, IN, offices, our foot doctor, Dr. Jeffrey Agricola, uses laser therapy for treating persistent toenail fungal infections.
How Laser Treatment for Toenail Fungus Works
The device used for laser toenail fungus therapy emits laser energy pulses that generate heat. When used for treating toenail fungus, the heat will be directed to the affected toenail so it can reach the fungus in the nail bed, which is where it thrives. The infected tissue will then be gasified and then decompose, killing the fungal infection.
The Results of Laser Toenail Fungus Treatment
Some individuals see great results with just one laser treatment, while others may need extra sessions depending on their specific results. Obvious signs that the treatment is working include:
- The disappearance of flaky debris on the infected nail
- Resolution of brown, white, or yellowish discoloration in the infected toenail
- Normal texture and shape of new toenail growth without the modified shape, bumps, or thickness
- Resolution of onycholysis, which happens when the toenail detaches from the nail bed
A session of laser treatment for toenail fungal infection usually lasts approximately 20 to 30 minutes. Toenail fungal infections typically need a couple of laser sessions with your foot doctor in our Carmel, IN, or Indianapolis, IN, office before completely going away. Additionally, depending on the severity of the toenail fungus and your specific circumstances, it might take about six months to 18 months of laser treatment to experience the full effects of the treatment.
Need More Information on Laser Toenail Fungal Treatment? Talk to Us
Schedule a visit with your foot doctor, Dr. Jeffrey Agricola, here at Prestige Podiatry. Dial (317) 881-0070 to reach our Indianapolis, IN, office or (317) 846-4111 to reach our Carmel, IN, office.