Yes. It is perfectly safe as the laser light is penetrating only the most superficial layer of your skin. However, we will need a note from your doctor saying that they are OK with you having the treatments.
You can be out in the sun, but we recommend that you keep the treated area out of the sun in between treatments. You should also use sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher. We also recommend that you do not swim until the treated area has fully healed.
There is a risk the infection could return as the fungus is present everywhere in the environment. If you have diabetes or other chronic medical problems, you are at a higher risk for a return of the infection. If this is the case, please follow the instructions of your doctor.
To minimize the chance of recurrence, you will need to follow our After Care Instructions.
Our laser protocol uses two treatments spaced 6 weeks apart. After each treatment, the majority of the nail fungus will be destroyed. However, visual improvement is not immediate. Depending on how quickly your nails grow out, you should see clearing starting at the bottom of the nail in a matter of weeks. If could take 6-12 months for your old nail to be replaced by a new, clear nail.
The toenail is dead tissue so the treatment is relatively painless. Some patients feel a slight warming sensation during the procedure. There are almost no risks to having the procedure performed.
The fungus is a living organism which is killed when the laser heat penetrates the nail bed and vaporizes it.
Only an experienced physician or podiatrist can distinguish this condition from numerous other nail and nail bed pathologies, as only 50% of abnormal appearing toenails are actually fungal infection. Our physicians have years of experience diagnosing this condition and it is our goal to provide quality care. If you do not select Inkfree, MD for this service, please choose your provider carefully.
Toenail fungus, or onychomycosis is a condition in which a common fungus found in the environment invades the nail bed, leading to a yellowing, and thickening of the nail. Although anyone can acquire this infection it is more common in the elderly, and people with chronic medical conditions. Additionally, the same or different kinds of fungus can affect the fingernails of people who work in warm, moist environments (ex. bartenders and dishwashers) as well as those whose immune systems are compromised.
Depending on your genetics and lifestyle there is a chance that the veins will return. You should be under the regular care of a doctor if you have any conditions such as diabetes, heart disease or if you smoke. Additionally, if your veins appeared during pregnancy, you can expect that subsequent pregnancies will cause a worsening of your spider veins.
Yes, these veins are essentially dilated vessels which no longer serve any purpose in the body. Laser removal of these veins is strictly cosmetic and does not affect your general circulation.