Fungal nail infections are unsightly and difficult to treat. Typical treatment consists of oral or topical antifungal medications or a combination of the two. These come with a risk of side effects and must be taken for weeks. Laser nail fungus treatments offer a safer treatment option without the potentially serious side effects of antifungal medications.
What Is Laser Fungus Treatment and How Does It Work?
The GentleMax by Candela is a laser treatment that was originally designed for hair removal and is now FDA approved to treat nail fungus. A high-intensity light is delivered deep into the tissues under the nail to destroy the fungus with controlled heat right at the site of infection. The upper layers of the skin are protected by a burst of a cooling agent from a specialized device. With the fungus destroyed your nails are able to regrow and return to normal.
What Does the Process Involve?
Your nails must first be filed down to allow the laser to more easily penetrate into the infected tissues. Even nails that appear normal will be treated since they could be infected but not yet showing symptoms. Next, laser pulses will be applied to your nails. This may feel a little warm but is not painful. More treatments will be completed as needed to ensure the infection is completely gone. Then it is just a matter of allowing your nails to grow out and replace the nail damaged by the fungus.
Are There Any Precautions During Treatment?
You should avoid getting professional manicures and pedicures until the infection is completely gone to avoid spreading the infection. You can give yourself a mani and pedi at home, but be sure to disinfect your tools and do not reuse your nail polish to avoid reinfecting yourself. Use it once and toss it.
Contact the Weston HCG Center today to set up your free consultation to see if Candela GentleMax Pro treatment is right for you. You can find us at 1654 Tower Center Circle in Weston, Florida or give us a call at 954.888.9889. If you prefer, you can also book your consultation online. We look forward to helping you have beautifully healthy nails again.