Laser Fungus Removal
Nail Fungus – A Common Condition
As many as 14% of Americans suffer from unsightly nails that prevent them from feeling comfortable with bare feet or toes in public.
Nail fungus, clinically named onychomycosis, is the infection of the nail and nail bed that causes a number of changes to the appearance of the nail. The treatment of toenail fungus has previously been very difficult due to the location of the fungus both underneath and inside of the nail.
Nail fungus infections often originate from moist environments – such as gym locker rooms, hotel bathrooms, or pools. Risk factors include aging, heavy perspiration, and humid environments.
With Houston being a humid, warm environment, nail fungus is quite common amongst the population.
In Difficult-to-Reach Locations
The most common form of onychomycosis is distal subungual onychomycosis usually caused by Trichophyton rubrum, a dermatophyte that invades the nail bed and underside of the nail plate.
Due to the location of the infection, topical creams are frequently ineffective for many patients.
Alternative treatment with oral medications can lead to health risks, need liver enzyme testing, and are only effective in a small percentage of users.
Because nail fungus is difficult to treat under the nail plate, many patients undertake years of ineffective treatment at great expense, all the while suffering in silence and hoping for something better to treat their yellowed, brittle, thickened toenails.
Nail fungus affects not only the darkened, cloudy, brittle, thickened appearance of the infected nails themselves but also the confidence of the patient.
Nail fungus can cause people to avoid wearing sandals, showing off a pedicure, or feeling confident at the beach. Especially in a warm climate like Houston, wearing closed-toe shoes instead of sandals can cause excess foot perspiration, perpetuating the fungal infection.
Hiding your toes in sweaty, closed-toe shoes because of their unsightly appearance will only cause the fungal infection to get worse. The most effective way to break the cycle of toenail fungus is to use the only treatment that can penetrate through the nail to the nail bed: laser toenail fungus treatment at New Look Houston.
The Truth About Home Remedies for Toenail Fungus
Home remedies for toenail fungus treatment are widely cited across the internet but we want to give you the facts about these “too good to be true” remedies.
Remember, laser nail treatment is safe, chemical-free, and over 90% effective.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is an essential oil produced from the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia, an Australian plant. While this home remedy has been shown to have antiseptic and antifungal qualities, according to the National Institue of Health is “only 18% effective.” This study required patients to apply tea tree oil twice a day for 6 months – hardly worth the effort for such a low success rate.
Oregano Oil or Olive Oil
These oils have similar properties to tea tree oil and have the added benefit of softening the nail and cuticle. Soft nails resist cracking better, which keeps fungus, bacteria and other particles from entering the nail. While these home remedies can provide some results to a limited percentage of the population, you have to apply it twice a day for six months and deal with no guarantee of any results.
Listerine is a commonly recommended remedy for nail fungus. The antibacterial qualities in this product and others like it can kill bacteria and fungus on the skin, but the active ingredients are too large to pass through the nail and penetrate into the nail bed where the fungus in your toenails lives.
Vinegar is popularly listed under home remedies to combat toenail fungus. Vinegar is an acidic liquid which can inhibit the growth of fungus by changing the pH balance of the affected area. Assuming you can soak your feet for 5 minutes twice a day for 12 months you could see a result, however, there are no scientific studies showing that this is safe or effective home remedy for nail fungus.
At New look Houston, we believe that by combining the right treatment with a proper care and minimal hassle is a far better option, our removal of Toenail fungus is fast, safe and painless with great results so you can get your confidence and comfort back with no downtime required.
Equipment we Use:
An Advanced Laser for Toenail Fungus Treatment
New Look Houston is proud to be a leading user of the Astanza Revolution laser. We were a clinical testing location for this Q-switched Nd: YAG laser system, and we’re proud to share our expertise with our customers using this state-of-the-art device.
A Powerful System from an Industry Leader
Astanza Laser specializes in Q-Switched laser technology, which is why we trust their lasers for our clinical operation. The Revolution offers effective wavelengths, best-in-class power, and a system built for reliability and safety.
Unlike other manufacturers that use low-powered diode lasers, the Q-switched Revolution produces powerful pulses of in the megawatt range for a period of nanoseconds. It’s this powerful, heating pulse that makes a key difference in destroying the dermatophytes that are part of onychomycosis (toenail fungus).
How the Revolution Laser Treats Toenail Fungus
Laser toenail fungus removal with the Astanza Revolution works by focusing laser energy through your toenail into the nail bed to kill the fungus. The wavelength of light produced by the laser affects only the fungus while leaving healthy cells alone. For a fraction of a second, the laser energy heats up and breaks down the fungal infection as we pass the laser across each toenail and toenail matrix. The nail is not harmed during this process, and you will only feel warmth as the laser passes over the toe.
At New Look Houston, our laser has been FDA approved for safe and effective treatment of toenail fungus. The wavelength of light that is produced is very similar to natural light and provides for a fast and safe procedure.
Proven Efficacy and Performance
New Look Houston is Houston’s leader in toenail fungus treatment because we are committed to achieving the best results – that is why we choose to use the Revolution laser.
In fact, clinical studies using the Revolution system have shown the highest rates of success and fungal clearance than any other laser system currently available on the market. In a randomized study of almost 100 subjects over three to twelve months, 95% of subject cases observed “significant nail plate clearance” with an average clearance of 56% or greater of infected areas.