Healthcare professionals use the near infrared laser beam, which can go through the nail and cause microbial damage to kill the fungi that causes Onychomycosis (primarily Trichophyton, Phaeoannellomyces and Rhodotorula). Depending on the laser used the procedure may take 15-30 minutes for ten toes. Results are not immediate, as it will take 9-12 months for the new non-infected toenail to grow out.
- Pain-free, no anesthesia needed
- No reported side effects
- Does not harm the nail or surrounding skin tissue
- Usually only one or two treatments required
- No downtime
- Highly effective compared to conventional treatment options
What you need to do
Fill out and submit the form in the right panel so we can find a doctor in your area, who offers laser therapy of nail fungus. Our service is free but your doctor will charge for the treatment.
Your doctor visit
What does the doctor do to my toenails during the laser procedure?
Following thorough clipping, nipping and debridement of the fungal nails, your doctor will irradiate all nails and nail folds with a laser. Unlike conventional treatment options, which merely inhibit the growth of fungi, the laser beam will be used to destroy dermatophytes causing Onychomycosis by intense light and thermal impact.
How much does it cost?
The cost is determined by the treatment provider. Typically the cost is in the $800-1,300 range depending on the location and severity of the case. Laser For Toe schedules appointments for doctors who offer the best value by providing a comprehensive course of treatment, which includes laser treatments, UV shoe sanitizer, topical liquids, care regimen for prevention and follow-up visits to ensure the treatment is working.
Cash, checks, money orders and all major credit cards are accepted.
Financing options, starting at $29.95 per month and interest free programs for 6, 12 and 18 months are available. You can discuss your options with a patient counselor who will contact you within two business days after you submit the form in the sidebar to your right or here.
Is the laser approved by FDA?
To the best of our knowledge no laser devices have been cleared by FDA for the specific use in the treatment of Onychomycosis. Doctors may use medical devices off-label to assist in a therapy, which they believe is the best course of treatment for their patients. Typically doctors use lasers with a wide range of FDA approvals for use in dermatology and general surgery. See additional information.
What type of laser is used?
Doctors have tried several types, and most would agree that YAG lasers are the safest and most effective. More about Nd:YAG lasers for fungus.
Is this covered by my insurance?
This procedure is considered aesthetic by most insurance companies and therefore is not covered. You may use your Medical IRA Health Savings, Flexible Spending or similar accounts.
When can I paint my nails or have a pedicure?
There is no downtime and you can apply polish immediately after the treatment. It is important to remove all nail polish and nail decorations the day before your laser treatments.
Can the fungus come back?
Most doctors believe that the infection will be stopped after the first treatment. Your medical laser provider will discuss your specific case with you and recommend care techniques to reduce recurrence of the infection. There is a chance of reinfection because the fungus is present everywhere in the environment. Compliance with the prescribed care regimen will help reduce your chances of getting fungi again.
Severely infected toenails may require additional treatments and more complex post-laser care for better nail clearance and re-growth.