Foot Issues Treated With Laser
- Toenail fungus
- Plantar Fasciitis
Health Canada and FDA approved
In 2011, Health Canada approved the Cutera, GenesisPlus laser for clearance for the temporary increase of clear nail in patients with Onychomycosis. Laser toenail fungus treatment is noninvasive, fast and painless. The people who have this treatment performed on toenail fungus usually feel a little bit of heat from the laser, but that is the only physical sensation associated with this type of treatment. The laser used for the treatment is able to penetrate the toenail itself, which allows it to reach down into the fungus and to destroy it.
Type of laser
The GenesisPlus is the only laser specifically designed to treat toenail fungus. It is a fast and effective way to increase clear nails in patients with onychomycosis (toenail fungus).
Cutera has been a leader in the aesthetic laser market for over 12 years and represents the new Standard of Care in the treatment of onychomycosis.
In clinical trials, the Cutera GenesisPlus was shown to provide up to an 85% cure rate in the fungal nails treated. In addition, we have developed an intra and post treatment regimen to improve results and prevent the return of the fungal infection.
What to expect
Laser toenail fungus treatment is a non invasive, fast and painless procedure. You can expect to feel a little bit of heat from the laser, but this is the only physical sensation associated with this type of treatment. The laser is able to penetrate the toenail which allows it to reach down into the fungus and destroy it.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does the laser work?
The laser penetrates the nail plate and heats the tissue, killing the fungus beneath. At the time of the procedure, the toenail will not become instantly clear but the new nail growing out will be. After the initial treatment, two more treatments will be performed over two month intervals.
Is this treatment safe?
The Genesis Plus Laser has been both Canada Health and FDA approved. No side effects or adverse reactions have been reported.Is the procedure painful?Most people feel little discomfort. The level of heat generated will be constantly monitored and feedback controlled by you.
What can I expect immediately following the procedure?
Immediately following the procedure your nail may feel warm for a few minutes.
When will I see results?
Over the coming weeks to months, the new nail should begin to grow clear, healthy and fungus-free. On average, most patients will start to see results within eight to 10 weeks.
How soon can I return to normal activities?
The majority of patients can resume normal activities immediately after their treatment. Your podiatrist will discuss this in more detail.
Will the fungus come back?
The infection improves following one treatment but you will need to continue with home care techniques to reduce recurrence of the infection. There is a chance of re-infection because the fungus is present everywhere in the environment.
When can I paint my nails or have a pedicure?
You can apply polish immediately after the treatment. It is important to remove all nail polish and nail decorations the day before your treatment.
Is there a recovery period?
No. You walk in and walk out
Why should I have my laser treatment done by a Podiatrist?
Other businesses such as spas offer laser therapy. However, spas do not typically have medical doctors on staff to correctly diagnosis toenail fungus or other foot problems. This may lead to unnecessary or improper treatment.