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Laser Nail Treatment

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Nail Fungus (Onychomycosis) has long caused both physical harm and emotional distress to millions of people. In the past treatment for this problem has always been very challenging; topical therapies have had limited efficacy and oral medications have had potentially serious side effects plus they often require  blood testing to monitor for potentially serious complications. As a result, treatment options have been limited, long and frustrating. With the introduction of new laser technology, there is now a simple solution for this common problem.


Cure Nail Fungus With The Q-Clear Laser


Capital Foot & Ankle Centers is extremely pleased to offer a new state of the art technology for the removal of nail fungus called the ‘Q-Clear’ Laser System. This system offers the first and Q-Switched laser to receive FDA Approval specifically for the treatment of nail fungus. As a result, thousands of men and women are now enjoying healthy, clean, restored nails without any unwanted side effects! Safer, quicker and pain-free, this method is unlike any previously available treatment. The Q-Clear Laser System uses short intense bursts of pulsed energy resulting in a dramatic positive impact on the patient results and treatment comfort level.


FDA Approved Nail Fungi Laser Treatment


The Q-Clear Laser System has conducted perhaps the most comprehensive clinical trials to date for the safety, effectiveness, and patient comfort for laser treatment of nail fungus and provides a superior option for the treatment of Onychomycosis. Now you can successfully treat yellow, brittle or thickened nails that is caused by Onychomycosis, or nail fungus. The treatment consist of the physician moving the laser hand piece over the affected area in quick, short passes. Unlike some other lasers, there is very little sensation to the patient beyond some very mild warmth. A treatment usually lasts only a few minutes and the patient experiences absolutely no down-time after the procedure.


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What is the Q-Clear Laser Treatment for Nail Fungus?


Nail fungus is a very common and unsightly condition that affects millions of adults each year. It causes an infection beneath the nail that can be very difficult to treat. In time, fungus causes the nail to turn yellow, brown or gray and become brittle. Thickening, splitting and cracking may also occur. Left untreated, nail fungus can be painful and even lead to more serious infections. With revolutionary new treatment methods such as the Q-Clear laser, however, it is possible to cure fungal infections of the nails in a little as one session.


So what is the Q-Clear Laser treatment for nail fungus? The Q-Clear system is the first q-switched laser that has been approved by the FDA specifically for use in clearing fungal infections. It is revolutionary in terms of simplicity, size, price and, of course, effectiveness. In fact, it provides results that are on far better than which can be achieved using machinery that is considerably more expensive and less versatile.


How the Q-Clear Treatment for Nail Fungus Works


The procedure is performed using the small handheld laser device. It delivers short bursts of intense laser energy to precisely target the fungus under the nail and kill it. Compared to long pulse lasers that rely on heat to kill fungus, Q-Switched lasers are much faster, and, as a result cause little to no pain or discomfort. They also allow doctors to precisely pinpoint the fungus without damaging any of the surrounding tissue. There is no need for any downtime after the procedure, as it is none surgical. In most mild to moderate cases, only one treatment is needed. Each session takes only minutes, so it is possible to cure an infection in a matter of minutes as opposed to the weeks it takes for topical and systemic methods to possibly work.


Effectiveness of the Q-Clear Laser Treatment for Nail Fungus


The Q-Clear laser system is currently one of the best and most effective treatments for onychomycosis. In fact, it has been proven effective in 97% of cases. Though it typically kills the infection in one session, it takes six to twelve months for a healthy nail to regrow. However, as the nail begins to grow, you should be able to see that it is coming in clearer as the old infected nail grows out.


Other cures for fungal nail infections, such as prescription medications, are not as effective as Q-Clear, and they are associated with numerous, unhealthy side effects. In addition to mild ones like skin irritation, dry mouth and nausea, they can cause more serious complication like permanent liver damage. Q-Clear, however, is safe and is not associated with ANY side effects. The Q-Clear can also be used on diabetics and others with compromised immune systems.


Frequently Asked Questions:


1. Am I a Candidate for the Laser Nail Fungus Cure?

If your toenails appear yellow, brittle or thickened, you may be suffering from a medical condition called Onychomycosis, or nail fungus. This is an extremely common problem, shared by up to 10% of the US population. If you are over 40, the number rises to 25% in that age group; and if you are over 60, sufferers from toe nail fungus can be as high as an estimated 50%! Up until very recently, treating toe nail fungus has been challenging due to the hardy nature of the fungus that resides under your nail. Topical medications or lacquers are largely ineffective and designed to mostly prevent the spread or worsening of the condition. Oral medications are estimated to be about 50% successful, but those drugs are not tolerated well by many patients and risk of liver damage is an overriding concern. The latest and most effective treatment for the removal of toe nail fungus is laser therapy. Within this category, the Q-Clear laser has produced the most promising and successful results and is the only device specifically FDA-approved for the treatment of toe nail fungus.



2. How Does The Laser Nail Fungus Process Work?

The Q-Clear uses short burst of laser energy to target the fungus beneath the nail and destroy it. Depending upon the severity and advancement of your nail fungus, one treatment is typically all that is necessary to kill the fungus.


The physician will move the laser hand piece over the affected area in quick, short passes. Unlike some other lasers, there is very little sensation to the patient beyond some very mild warmth. A treatment usually lasts only a few minutes and the patient experiences absolutely no down-time after the procedure.



3. How Quickly Will I See Results from the Nail Fungus Treatment?

Upon a treatment with the Q-Clear Laser System, all of the nail fungus should be destroyed. Visual improvement, however, is not immediate but rather requires your toe nail to grow out. Depending on how quickly your nails grow, you could see new clear nail appear starting at the bottom of your nail in a matter of only a few weeks. It could take, however, six months or longer for your old, diseased nail to completely grow out and be replaced by new, clear nail.



4. How Effective Are Nail Fungus Treatments?

The Q-Clear Laser System has arguably the most comprehensive and resoundingly positive clinical results of any treatment EVER used for nail fungus. It is FDA approved and shown to be safe and effective. The nail is expected to improve with just one treatment. Clinical reports to date have been encouraging with most patients noticing significant improvement. As with all medical procedures, a 100% guarantee is not possible. In a randomized 3-12 month study of 100 subjects, significant nail plate clearance was observed in more than 95% of the subject cases with an mean clearance of greater then 56% of the (abnormal or affected) regions. Changing socks and shoes frequently and controlling excessive perspiration are helpful in preventing recurrence.



5. Does The Nail Fungus Laser Hurt?

Besides its effectiveness, the Q-Clear distinguishes itself from other lasers primarily in the degree of patient comfort its treatments provide. Other lasers use the principle of heat in an attempt to destroy the nail fungus, which in turn can translate into significant patient intolerance of those treatments. Conversely, the shorter burst of Q-switched laser energy employed by the Q-Clear laser imparts only minimal heat detected by the patient. In short, treatments are highly tolerable and do not hurt.Some patients may experience slight warmth or occasional snapping sensation during the procedure.  If you have any pain during the procedure, the laser power can be decreased slightly to eliminate any pain.  No anesthesia is needed.



6. Can I polish my nails or have a pedicure?

You can apply polish to the nail immediately after the laser treatment.  However it is important to remove all nail polish prior to your treatment.



7. Is the laser treatment covered by my health insurance?

No, the procedure is considered cosmetic, and is not covered by health insurance.



8. How much does laser treatment cost?

The cost varies depending on the number of nails involved and severity of the infection.  The national average for laser treatment is between $500 and $1200.  However, since our practice offers the most state-of-the-art laser equipment, we can provide the most effective treatment in less time, and at a reduced cost.  Our fees range between $300 and $1000.  The charges are based on the number of nails with obvious involvement.  The first follow-up visit is provided at no charge.



9. Are there any Associated Risks With The Nail Fungus Treatment?

Although the Q-Clear Laser System has recently been FDA-approved as the only Q-switched laser to treat nail fungus, it is hardly a new technology. It has actually been used and FDA-approved for other medical applications primarily in Dermatology since 2005 and it is estimated that given its broad scope of application, it has been safely used in over one million treatments since that time. There are no perceived risks to a patient seeking treatment for toe nail fungus using the Q-Clear Laser System.



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