Laser treatment for nails is safe, quick and highly effective. Most patients are able to be treated with just one or two sessions, although follow up sessions may be appropriate for some. Laser procedures for nails are proven to be a much safer and effective method as compared to oral medications or topical creams. One of the key aspects of treating nails is to achieve penetration of the laser energy into the nail bed. This area needs significant heating to ensure targeted structures are destroyed, which requires a deep-heating and powerful laser. LightPod lasers offer patients the ideal laser for such treatment. After the treatment, patients are able to resume their daily activities as normal. Results are not immediate, as it takes anywhere from 3-12 months for new nail to grow.
Some patients will respond better than others depending on the severity of the condition and how well the patient adheres to the recommended after treatment care. While some patients may be no longer be affected, their nail may not return to it’s natural color. Recurrence rate is high, especially in elderly patients and continuous foot care and monitoring their feet is the best regiment to deter recurrence.
How many treatment sessions are required?
Typically 3 treatment sessions are recommended spaced out 3-4 weeks to gauge the success of each subsequent treatment and to physically view the nail growth. Follow-up treatments may be needed.
Do I need to use topical anesthesia? What about gels?
No. Anesthetics and cooling gels are not needed with LightPod lasers, because 650-microsecond makes it uniquely pain-free.
Is it painful?
There is a mild sensation of heat that is very tolerable. A slight pinching feeling may occur when using higher energy. This is one of the key technical breakthroughs of Aerolase technology! LightPod lasers set a new standard for virtually pain-free treatment, even on darker skin types, thanks to 650-microsecond technology. This unique benefit saves time, cost and mess by eliminating gels and sprays required by other lasers that cool the skin during treatment.
How does the laser treat nails?
The laser light passes through the nail and skin to reach the nail bed and matrix. The laser light selectively targets structures in the skin to superheat these targets and effectively eradicate them.
Is it permanent?
There is a high recurrence rate for nail treatments due to the complexity of the situation and number of steps and care needed to effectively treat nails in the first place. While nails can commonly be successfully treated, there is a strong focus on consistently adhering to patient aftercare and attention to foot care.
Can it be used on dark skin?
Actually, LightPod lasers are the safest laser in the industry for darker skin types or tanned skin. This is because of 650-microsecond technology, which essentially eliminates treatment pain while minimizing the chances of hyper and/ or hypo-pigmentation. Patients with skin types IV-VI should be treated very cautiously, especially in the facial region, as they pose a higher risk of having hyper and/or hypo-pigmentations.