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Millions of people suffer from nail fungus. Nail fungus infection is a condition which can be embarrassing and often, even painful. Fungal infected toenails are one of the leading reasons people visit podiatrists.
Adults over the age of 60 or patients suffering from diabetes, patients with circulation problems or patients with a weakened immune system are more susceptible to nail fungus. Men also have a higher chance of developing nail fungus than women.
Fortunately, there is a way to get rid of nail fungus with no harsh chemicals or toxic medications. The GenesisPlus Laser by Cutera is 85-90% effective at eliminating fungus from fingernails and toenails after just one treatment. This amazing treatment takes only twenty minutes, and results are visible as healthy nails grow in.
There is no surgery required, no anesthetics required and no down time. Patients who can walk in can walk out right after treatment.
Advantages to using the GenesisPlus Laser:
• Cutera is a worldwide leader in laser technology
• GenesisPlus is the culmination of more than a decade of experience
• Multiple applications for toenail fungus, scars and warts
• Proven effectiveness
TOENAIL FUNGUS FACT SHEET
Onychomycosis (also known as "dermatophytic of the nail," "ringworm of the nail," and "tinea unguium") means fungal infection of the nail. It is the most common disease of the nails and constitutes about a half of all nail abnormalities. This condition may affect toenails or fingernails, but toenail infections are particularly common. The prevalence of onychomycosis is about 6-8% in the adult population in United States. Treatment of onychomycosis is challenging because the infection is embedded within the nail and is difficult to reach.
Why did we select this specific technology? Before our office utilizes a treatment modality we need to have a high level of confidence that the treatment will be effective. The Cutera GenesisPlus Laser, which our office utilizes, is FDA approved for the treatment of onychomycosis (nail fungus). It is the premier laser for nail fungus because it has a patented micro-second technology, a 1064nm long-pulsed wavelength with a 605 nm diode aiming beam. The treatments are expensive because the machine costs over $68,000. There are prudent protocols to be employed with any procedure and treating fungus nails with a laser is no exception.
How does the laser work? The mechanism of action is thought to be a combination of photo-inactivation of the fungus cells and the raising of the temperature of the nail plate and nail bed with laser energy to the point of destruction of the nail cells. The penetration level of the laser is dependent on the wavelength of the machine and that is why we have selected a 1064nm machine for the office. The efficacy (described as clearing of nail) is estimated to be over 80%. Of course, in medicine, there are always exceptions and cases that stump all the experts.