We are excited to add the Cutera Genesis Laser to our available treatments for toenail fungus. This new laser is FDA approved and has been available in our office since September 2011. The treatment is painless and takes 30 minutes for all 10 toenails.. The protocols for this laser include 3 treatments scheduled at 3 month intervals, dependent on severity of fungal infection. The cost is between $400 and $700, and can be paid in installments. We have found the new laser to be more effective, and are pleased to be able to offer it to patients.
This procedure requires no blood tests, oral medications, or anesthesia. Laser treatment has been shown to be as effective as any other fungal nail treatment, but with less risk. It will still take up to 1 year for the nails to grow out healthy. Call our office for more information, or to schedule a complimentary consultation.
How does the procedure work?
The light passes through the toenail, killing the fungus underneath without causing damage to the nail or skin around it. As the nail grows out (9-12 months), the new nail may grow out as normal.
How many treatments are needed?
Treatments are done over a year timeframe. Usually, 3 to 5 treatments are needed. Appointments are scheduled at 3 month intervals.
Is the procedure painful?
No, there is no pain. You may feel a little warmth on the toe, but no pain.
How long does the procedure take?
The procedure takes about 30 minutes.
Why doesn't insurance cover this procedure?
Insurance companies do not cover laser procedures for skin and nail problems.
How do I pay for the procedure?
Payment is required at the time of treatment. We accept all major credit cards, cash or flexible spending accounts.
How much does it cost?
The initial consultation is free. During that visit, the doctor evaluates your condition to determine if you are a candidate for this or any other treatment. If you decide to have the treatment, the cost is between $400 to $700.
Will the fungus come back?
You will be instructed on preventive care techniques to reduce recurrence of the infection. Some individuals are more likely to become re-infected than others and may require additional treatments.
How long has the procedure been available?
Laser treatments have been available at Tatar Podiatry since 2009.