Frequently Asked Laser Treatment Questions
Why Should I Consider Laser Treatment for Toenail Fungus?
The use of lasers to treat nail fungus is not new. Lasers have been used to treat onychomycosis (nail fungus) since the 1980s. The original application of lasers in the treatment of nail fungus was to use the laser to create holes or channels in the nail. This process was meant to give topical treatments better access to the fungus and kill it. This approach was not very successful.
As lasers evolved and became more available to podiatrists and surgeons, a better approach was adopted. By using a laser with a specific wavelength of laser light energy, the fungus can be targeted and killed, while leaving the skin and toenail intact. Instead of making large tunnels in the toenail, the light is focused on the fungus directly. Simply put, the laser energy heats the fungus to the point that it is killed, but does not burn the surrounding tissue.
What are the benefits of Laser Treatment?
- Quick, in-office procedure.
- Proven, safe, & effective treatment.
- Painless procedure with no down-time.
- High success rate when compared with alternative treatment options that involved prescription medications.
- Cost Effective.
Will My Insurance Cover Laser Treatment?
The laser treatment of toenail fungus is not covered by insurance. Despite the fact that it is an infectious disease, most insurance companies will look at this treatment as a cosmetic procedure like hair or wrinkle removal.
How Much Does It Cost?
For most patients, the out-of-pocket costs are much less than you would expect. If you have a Health Savings Account or Medical IRA, 100% of the cost can be covered.
Contact our office today for more information and to setup a consultation for laser treatment of toenail fungus. (713) 721-5500
Can the laser treat any other conditions?
The Cutera GenesisPlus laser is also used to remove warts and for scar revision. If you have unsightly scars or warts, come in today and let us help you.