FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT CAUSES NAIL FUNGUS?
Your body naturally hosts a variety of microorganisms including bacteria and fungi. While some microorganisms can be useful to the body, others can multiply rapidly and cause infections, such as onychomycosis (or fungal nail). When the fungus infects a broken or injured nail, or even spreads from a nearby skin infection, it can result in a condition called tinea, also known as athlete’s foot. Due to humidity and compression, onychomycosis is far more frequent in toenails than in the fingernails.
HOW CAN TOENAIL LASER TREATMENT HELP?
The treatment works by using a light wavelength that passes through the nail and the surrounding tissue. The laser light will then be absorbed by the pigment present in the toenail fungus, causing it to heat up and eventually kill the fungal organism. Unlike many treatments, your toenail will not fall off as a result of this procedure. It’s very effective, but you won’t be able to notice a clear nail immediately after. It can take at least 3 months for your nail to clear out, and from 6 to 12 months for the entire nail to grow again.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS DOES IT TAKE?
For most patients the fungal nail can clear with a single treatment, especially in cases where the fungal nail existed for less than a year. Other cases, in which the nails have been infected by fungus for several months or years, the treatment can take up to 4 sessions or more. In both scenarios, it is also important to keep in mind that it can take 9 to 12 months to see complete clearing of the fungal nail.
AM I A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR THE TREATMENT?
Unfortunately, not all nail conditions can be treated with Laser Genesis. The technology was designed to attack fungal organisms only. Complications like nail trauma and other dermatological conditions, but will not respond to treatment. So it is crucial to have your yellow toenails assessed beforehand to determine if this treatment is appropriate for your particular condition.
HOW MUCH DOES LASER GENESIS FOR NAIL FUNGUS COST?
Nail and toenail fungus treatments are considered aesthetic procedures and therefore are not covered by insurance plans. The treatment is, however, quite affordable. The cost for a Nail Fungus Laser Genesis treatment is frequently LESS expensive than counterpart prescription medications. Costs range around $250 per toe, or $400 for all toes. At StudioMD Larchmont we offer several payment options and our staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the treatment.
WHERE CAN I GET NAIL FUNGUS THERAPY WITH LASER GENESIS IN LARCHMONT?
StudioMD Medical Aesthetics & Wellness Centers offers many skin and laser services, including the Laser Genesis for nail and toenail fungus treatment. Laser Genesis requires no downtime and is the perfect solution for busy, on-the-go individuals that need speedy and effective attending to their feet. Beyond treating nail fungus, Laser Genesis can help smooth the skin and reduce the look of fine lines, dark spots, and wrinkles. So book an appointment today at our Larchmont location and learn more about this fantastic technology.