Onychomycosis is the medical term for fungal infection of the nail or nail plate. Onychomycosis infection is acquired by invasion of the nail plate from adjacent infected skin or directly through the surface of the nail plate by pathogenic fungal species, specifically acquired from direct contact with an infected source.

At Bespoke Skin Clinic the intense pulses of our laser technology are applied to the entire area of each infected nail. The laser energy penetrates through the nail plate to heat up and kill the fungus hiding in the nail bed and root. During our bespoke treatment, the fungus absorbs the color and the heat from the laser and dies. The laser pulses immediately kill the fungus, and the newly healthy nail is apparent when the old nail grows out, which takes a few months. Our clients typically do not mind waiting to see the results, as they understand that laser treatment is now the best solution for nail fungus.

Symptoms of nail fungus infections include:

  • Thick nails
  • Misshapen nails
  • Discoloured nails
  • Nails that fall off

frequently asked questions

How long does the treatment take?

It takes approximately 25 minutes to treat all nails. We recommend treatment of all nails to eradicate nails which have yet to manifest clinical signs of disease. We feel this will help prevent recurrence as well if some fungal cells are not treated which are in other nails yet to show the clinical manifestations of disease.

The vast majority of our clients need 1 or 2 treatments and this is dependent upon the length of time the patient has had the infection and the severity in which the nail is involved. For totally involved thick nails the recommendation is 3 treatments to fully eradicate the fungus.

It takes approximately 10 minutes to treat a big toe. Naturally, if you have more than one nail infected, it may take a little longer. The vast majority of our clients require only one or 2 treatments.

Is this laser treatment painful?

The laser light beam has no effect on healthy tissue. Patients should experience no discomfort during or after the treatment.

Patients will experience some warming of the nail which will not be painful or cause any discomfort. The patient will also sometimes experience a spray of cooling agent which will cool any discomfort immediately.

Can I walk after the treatment?

Yes, you will be able to walk out of the clinic just as well as you walked in. The treatment does not harm you in any way. There is no pain and you can resume all activities. We do not recommend some nail salons due to the use of toxic nail polishes as well as cross contamination and risk of getting re-infected with fungus. If you wish to have your nails polished or manicured we recommend having your own instruments.

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