Laser Fungal Nail Removal

Fungal Nail Infections (new treatment)

Solihull Medical Cosmetic Clinic under the supervision of leading cosmetic doctor Dr Sagoo is the first clinic in the UK to offer this exclusive new laser treatment for fungal nail infections. Since promoting this new laser treatment, Dr Sagoo has received many referrals from chiropodists and GPs.

 


What causes nail infection? (Onychomycosis)

Dermatophytes are the fungi most commonly responsible for causing this condition. They are specialised organisms that live off of keratin which is the main component of nails and skin.

Where does nail infection come from?

Common sources of infection include swimming pools, public showers, gyms and nail spas. Tight fitting shoes and nail trauma can also lead to infection. Family history, poor health and increasing age are also factors that increase the risk of nail infection.

What are the symptoms of nail infection?

You may suffer from nail infection (onychomycosis) if you have one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Discoloured nails
  • Yellow streaks under the nail
  • Distorted or thickened nails
  • Brittle, crumbly or ragged nail
  • Nails separated from the underlying skin
  • Build-up of debris (nail fragments, skin) under the nail
  • White spots or streaks on the nail surface

What are the current treatments available for nail infections?

Current treatment options for nail infection include oral drugs or topical drugs.
No single treatment is effective in all patients and there are risks and benefits associated with each one.

Oral drugs

These can be very effective in eliminating nail infections and restoring clear nails.

Disadvantages

  • The drugs must be taken for 6 to 12 weeks and may cause side effects including headache, diarrhoea, upset stomach and skin rash.
  • Serious side effects include risk of liver damage and heart failure. Monthly blood tests may be required to monitor liver function. These drugs are not used for patients in poor health or who have liver disease.

Topical drugs

These are less effective in treating nail infections and restoring clear nails. The drugs are applied directly to the nails daily for up to 12 months. In some patients, the drug is ineffective because it cannot pass through the nail to reach the infection.

What is Genesis?

Genesis is a new laser perfected for safely and effectively treating onychomycosis (toenail fungus). By targeting the fungus directly, Genesis gets to the source of the problem immediately.

How does Genesis work?

Tiny pulses of light from the Genesis laser pass through the toenail to the fungus underneath. The fungus is irradiated without any damage to the surrounding nail or skin.

How long does the procedure take?

Depending on how many toes are affected, the Genesis Plus laser procedure will take approximately 10-20 minutes.

Is Genesis Plus painful?

Most people feel a slight warming sensation during the procedure. No pain medication is needed and most people find the treatment very easy to tolerate.

How many treatments will I need?

Many patients only need 2-4 treatment, but some need more if they have severe cases of toenail fungus.

Are there any restrictions on my activity post procedure?

You can resume your normal activities immediately.

When will I see results?

You won't notice anything immediately following treatment. However, as your nail grows out, the new nail growth should be clear. Toe nails grow slowly – especially nails infected with fungus. So, it may take 6-12 months for your toenail to clear.

Will the fungus come back?

Reinjection with toenail fungus may be acquired anywhere from your environment, for example, in damp areas such as public swimming pools. Consult with your healthcare professional to understand how to prevent toenail fungus from reoccurring.

When can I apply nail polish?

While it is important to remove nail polish, decoration and jewellery prior to treatment, you can reapply nail polish 24 hours after treatment.

How does Genesis compare to other toenail fungus treatments?

Traditional treatments such as nail trimming, topical medicine, oral medicine or nail removal have significant drawbacks. Nail trimming doesn't treat the fungus. Topical medicines need to be applied for 12 months and have a low success rate. Oral medicines are taken for 3 months but can cause liver or kidney problems. Genesis Plus is a quick, easy, safe, effective procedure that treats the fungus at the source.

3 Months Post Treatment

The Pulpit Rock
Photos Courtesy of David Weiss, DPM

2 Months Post Treatment

The Pulpit Rock
Photos Courtesy of David Weiss, DPM


For further information about this exclusive new treatment please contact Birmingham Wart Verruca and Fungal Nail clinic on 0845 603 6150.