How does it work?
The laser light passes through the toenail without causing damage to the nail or the surrounding skin. At the time of the procedure, the toenail will not become instantly clear; it takes time to grow out
What can I expect in the clinic?
An assessment consultation with us to identify if you have the fungal nail condition and are suitable for treatment, then the appropriate treatment plan (and progress monitoring) can be organised if you decide to pursue laser treatment for your condition.
Is the procedure painful?
Most people feel no pain. Some people feel heat or a warming sensation and very few feel a pinprick sensation. The Lunula cold laser is without sensation at all.
Is there a recovery period?
No, it is an external and non-invasive procedure.
How long does the procedure take?
The lasing protocol and nail care treatment can take about one to two hours in total if it is a gross condition.
Will the fungus come back?
The infection begins to improves following treatment, and typically we will recommend care techniques to reduce recurrence of the infection. There is a chance of re-infection because the fungus is present everywhere in the environment and some people may be more susceptible to the condition than others.
When can I paint my nails or have a pedicure?
You can have a pedicure and cut the nails but we advise you use a reputable therapist to minimise the chance of recontamination, sterile equipment is essential. It is important to remove all nail polish and nail decorations the day before your treatment and we advise at least a couple of weeks before applying any new polish, but if you can let the nails be free of polish for as long as possible.
How much does it cost?
A series of treatment will commonly be required (although some patients may experience rapid improvement following one lasing, this is not always the case as everyone responds uniquely) and the cost is likely to be dependent on severity of the infection, the involvement and the time it has been present. An evaluation of the condition is required so that an individual care plan can be developed on a patient by patient basis. Please refer to our page on costings.
How do I pay for the procedure?
We have the facility to take most major credit cards, cash or cheque.
Is this covered by my insurance?
This procedure is considered aesthetic and therefore health insurance does not provide coverage.
How long has this been available?
Podiatrists began using it in 2008 in the USA where it was developed following successful clinical studies. We began using laser treatment back in 2009.
Is it safe?
Yes, it has CE Mark in the EU and was the first of its type to be given its Label by the FDAin the USA.