A fungal nail infection happens when a fungus attacks a fingernail or toenail through small cuts in the skin around your nail. Nail fungus is made up of tiny organisms that infect and grow under the nail where the environment is warm, dark, and moist. You’ll know you have a fungus infection because it causes the nail to become thick, flaky and turn yellow. A fungal toenail will often have a foul smell to it and often accumulate debris under the nail. Experts suggests that an estimated 14% of Canadians have experienced toenail fungus and if left untreated, the fungus can infect the entire nail, spread to other toenails and even from person to person.

Frequently Asked Questions

Laser nail fungal treatment is a non-invasive cosmetic procedure that uses a high-energy YAG Laser to destroy the fungal cells that cause toenail or fingernail infections. The laser emits pulses of light energy that penetrates the nail and heat up the fungus, destroying it without causing damage to the surrounding tissue. The length of each session can vary depending on the severity of the infection and the size of the affected nail.

Some people may experience a warm sensation during the procedure, but generally, most people experience no pain during treatment. Since there is no anesthesia required, you may resume your regular activities immediately. Studies for laser toenail treatment have a success rate of around 80% and no known side effects.

The number of sessions required for laser nail fungal treatment can vary depending on the severity of the infection and the individual’s response to treatment. Generally, most people require between 6 to 8 treatments, with sessions spaced several weeks apart.

It’s important to note that laser nail fungal treatment is not a one-time solution, and multiple sessions are required to achieve optimal results. After the initial treatment, the healthcare professional will monitor the progress of the infection and recommend additional sessions if necessary.

After the treatment, patients may notice some improvement in the appearance of the affected nail, but it can take several months for the new, healthy nail to grow in fully.  To prevent reinfection, it is important to follow good nail hygiene practices, such as keeping the nails clean and dry, and avoiding sharing nail care tools with others.  It’s also important to follow good nail hygiene practices to prevent reinfection and maintain the health of the nails. This includes keeping the nails clean and dry, avoiding sharing nail care tools with others, and wearing clean socks and shoes that allow for adequate ventilation.   Lastly, the esthetician will recommend a topical product to use daily to speed up the results of the treatment.

While laser nail fungal treatment is generally considered safe, there is a risk of some redness, swelling, or temporary discomfort in the treated area.

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