Why Should I Consider Laser Treatment for Toenail Fungus?
The use of lasers to treat toenail fungus is not new. Lasers have been used to treat onychomycosis (nail fungus) since the 1980s. The original application of lasers in the treatment of nail fungus was to use the laser to create holes or channels in the nail. This process was meant to give topical treatments better access to the fungus and kill it. This approach was not very successful.
As lasers evolved and became more available to podiatrists and surgeons, a better approach was adopted. By using a laser with a specific wavelength of laser light energy, the fungus can be targeted and killed, while leaving the skin and toenail intact. Instead of making large tunnels in the toenail, the light is focused on the fungus directly. Simply put, the laser energy heats the fungus to the point that it is killed, but does not burn the surrounding tissue.
What are the benefits of Laser Treatment for Toenail Fungus?
- Quick, in-office procedure.
- Proven, safe, & effective treatment.
- Painless procedure with no down-time.
- High success rate when compared with alternative treatment options that involved prescription medications.
- Cost Effective.
Will My Insurance Cover Laser Treatment for Toenail Fungus?
This is a non-covered treatment service by insurances as it is considered a cosmetic procedure. However, most insurance companies will cover your initial consultation for the evaluation and proper diagnosis of your condition. Normal co-pays will apply. The cost of the procedure may be applied towards a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) or Health Savings account (HSA) as a medical expense. If you do not have insurance coverage the evaluation visit cost is $89. Dr. Kahan may also recommend a “Trial” laser treatment included in your consultation if he is not 100% certain that laser will be of benefit. At 6 weeks he will re-evaluate to see whether it makes sense or not to continue with laser or recommend other treatment options.