Zap That Fungus! Frequently Asked Questions
- What can I expect at my consultation?
- What takes place during the toenail fungus laster treatment?
- How does the laser treatment work for toenail fungus?
- Is the laser treatment for toenail fungus painful?
- What is the recovery period after fungal toenail laser treatment?
- What is the post-care for toenail fungus laser treatment?
- Can you put nail polish on your toenails after the laser treatment?
- How long does the laser treatment take?
- Is the fungal toenail laser treatment covered by insurance?
- How do I pay for toenail laser treatments?
- Can the fungal infection of the toenails come back?
What to expect at your consultation?
The first appointment is an insurance appointment at which time the docotor will gather information regarding your health history and personal habits, Dr. Kelly can determine whether you are a candidate for the laser procedure. Pedi Peels and preventative care for pre and post Laser treatment care will be discussed with you at length to optimize your success rate. Some of the succeeding appointments may also be insurance appointments depending on if the treatment regime you and the doctor agree on includes prescriptions.
What takes place during the toenail fungus Laser treatment?
Our special Pedi Peel jump starts laser treatment.
Before the laser treatment, we review the prevention care with you to ensure that your feet are ready for the treatment. Depending on your nails they may be prepped by clipping and smoothing the unwanted, thick, and damaged fungal toenails. Then the laser treatment takes place.
How does the Laser treatment work for toenail fungus?
The laser is run over your toenails, exposed nail bed and the involved surrounding tissue, pulsing several times per second. The laser passes through the infected tissue, treating the fungus, mold and bacteria, without causing damage.
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Is the Laser treatment for toenail fungus painful?
Most people feel minimal sensation. You might feel a warming sensation or an occasional pinprick. You can communicate any discomfort during the procedure with us so we can maximize your comfort without compromising the efficacy.
What is the recovery period after fungal toenail laser treatment?
There is no recovery time. You can continue with your usual daily activity.
What is the post-care for laser treatment?
To prevent re-infection from your environment, we provide you with topical antifungal oil for your daily use while your healthy nail is growing. We will also review the prevention care with you and for some patients we recommend a regular regimen of foot facial.
Can you put nail polish on your toenails after the laser treatment?
If you use a polish that has antifugal properties like Dr. Kelly's proprietary nail polish Dream by PS Polish Otherwise a short period of nail polish (less than a week) on the toenails is harmless, we have found in our patient population that it is best to keep your toenails unpolished to prevent accumulation of moisture under the polish which could encourage nail fungus growth. If you need to have a pedicure for an especial occasion, we recommend that you take adavantage of our medical pedicure to ensure the safety and sterility of the service.
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How long does the laser treatment take?
It takes from 20 to 30 minutes for the first laser appointment. Laser appointments two and three are about 15 minutes and spread about 1 month apart!
Is the fungal toenail laser treatment covered by insurance?
Insurance companies do not cover laser treatment of toenail fungus. You can use your health Savings Account or flexible spending account for the treatment.
How do I pay for the Laser treatment?
We accept all major credit cards: Visa, MasterCard and American Express, cash, check and money orders.
Can the fungal infection of the toenails come back?
The short answer is yes, it is possible to be reinfected. It will be extremely crucial to continue with
prevention care to minimize your exposure to prevent another fungal infection.
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