Laser Nail Treatment
We are proud to offer a state-of-the–art laser treatment for fungal nail infections using the Q-Clear™ Laser System which is approved by the FDA for the treatment of Onychomycosis. The procedure is typically pain free and is conveniently preformed in our office. The procedure is safe and you can return to normal activity immediately following the treatment.
NdYAG Lasers have been used for many years for multiple FDA approved indications with a proven safety record. The characteristics of the 1064 nm wavelength produced by the Q-Clear NdYAG laser has minimal effect on normal tissues, has excellent tissue penetration, and is approved for all skin types. A study not linked to any laser manufacturer has found that the most effective lasers for the eradication of T. rubrum (the most common fungus found in infected toenails) in vitro was a “Q-switched” 1064 nm or 532 nm wavelength laser of those commercially available. This is a significant finding as most NdYAG lasers are long pulse configurations and not “Q-switched”.
A benefit of laser treatment for fungal nails is that it does not require the use of any systemic medications which generally requires blood tests to monitor for possible liver damage.
Our Q-Clear laser is produced by a highly respected company, Light Age, Inc. that manufacturers lasers for uses in medicine, science, government, and industry, including the Q-Clear™ Q-switched or long pulse NdYAG laser. This device has been available since 2004, and is made in the USA. The Q-Clear™ laser has previously been used primarily by dermatologists, plastic surgeons, other medical specialists, and now podiatrists.
Q-Clear™ is approved by the FDA for the treatment of onychomycosis. The FDA has also approved the Q-Clear™ for multiple lower extremity conditions including treatment of the soft tissues in general dermatology which would include soft tissues of the nail unit. Our goal is to provide accurate information regarding the potential benefits possible with NdYAG lasers and the added advantage of Q-switched NdYAG lasers.