What is nail fungus?
Dermatophytes are the fungi most commonly responsible for causing this condition. They are specialized organisms that live off of keratin which is the main component of nails and skin. Everyone is at risk for infection because fungus is present everywhere in the environment.
Where do nail infections come from?
Nail infection is caused by contact with dermatophytes. Common sources of infection include swimming pools, public showers, gyms and nail spas. Tight fitting shoes and nail trauma can also lead to infection. Genetic susceptibility, poor health and increasing age are also factors that increase the risk of nail infection.
What are the symptoms of nail fungus?
You may suffer from nail fungus if you have one or more of the following symptoms:
- Discoloured nails
- Yellow streaks under the nails
- Distorted or thickened nails
- Brittle, crumbly or ragged nails
- Nails separated from the underlying skin
- Buildup of debris (nail fragments, skin) under the nails
- White spots or streaks on the nail surface
What options are available?
Traditional treatment options include oral and topical drugs. No single treatment is effective in all patients and there are risks and benefits associated with each one.
What is GenesisPlus?
GenesisPlus is a Nd:YAG 1064 nm laser indicated for the temporary increase of clear nail in patients with onychomycosis, more commonly known as nail fungus.
Nail fungus, also called onychomycosis, is a common condition estimated to affect up to 10% of the population worldwide. It can cause nails to become yellow or discolored. As the infection advances, the nail can become thick, brittle and separate from the nail bed. It can also cause pain when wearing shoes or walking.
What can you expect?
The GenesisPlus procedure involves passing the laser beam over the infected nails and surrounding skin. Your medical professional will repeat this several times until enough energy has reached the nail bed. Your nail will feel warm during the procedure.
|Procedure Time||A single session takes approximately 20 minutes for 5-10 nails. Procedure times will vary, so please ask your doctor for more information.|
|Number of Sessions||Most patients show improvement after one session. The required number of sessions will vary depending on how severely each nail is infected.|
|Before the Procedure||It is important to remove all nail polish and decorations the day before the procedure.|
|During the Procedure||Most patients describe the procedure as being very comfortable. Some may experience a small hot pinch that resolves quickly.|
|After the Procedure||Immediately following the procedure your nail may feel warm for a few minutes.|
The majority of patients can resume normal activities immediately.
Laser Genesis Treatment
Laser Genesis for treatment of toenail fungus offers advanced technology to deliver preferential heating to the targeted area safely and effectively. This targeted heating offers effective treatment to destroy the fungi without the use of oral or topical prescription drugs.
The Laser Genesis difference.
The Laser Genesis procedure utilizes non-invasive laser technology to safely, discretely and effectively treat toenail or fingernail infected areas. Treatments can be performed in a relaxed, comfortable manner without the use of topical anesthetics or gel.
How does Laser Genesis work?
By gently offering preferential heating to the nail surface, Laser Genesis destroys the live or dormant fungi.
How many treatments will I need?
Most patients show improvement after one session. The required number of sessions will vary depending on severity of infection. Most patients require three treatments but as many as five may be required for complete resolve of infection in severe cases.
What are the possible side effects?
Immediately following, nails can feel warm for a few minutes. Normal activities can resume immediately.
What changes can you expect with Laser Genesis therapy?
Due to slow nail growth only subtle changes are noticed in the first three months. Toenails take nine to twelve months and fingernails take six to nine months to grow out. As they grow, the discolouration disappears and nails become smooth and clear again.