Laser Fungal Nail Treatment
What is a fungal nail infection?
Fungal nail infections are increasingly common, affecting up to one in ten of the UK population. Fungal nail infections can be unsightly and embarrassing, and until now they have been very difficult to treat. Our safe Lynton Lumina advanced medical laser penetrate into the nail bed to eliminate fungal nail infection on your fingernails or toenails.
How does Lynton Lumina work?
Light is absorbed by water in the skin beneath and around the nail, creating heat. This heat helps to destroy dermatophytes and eliminate the fungal infection. The laser applicator is placed on the nail and a short pulse of light is released. The entire nail bed and nail matrix is then treated in this way.
What does Lynton Lumina deliver?
Research shows that laser treatment is a safe and effective procedure – some studies report a success rate of up to 90% in three months.
What can I expect?
Treatments generally take in the region of 30 minutes. A degree of heating and some discomfort is felt during treatment. A skin cooling device can be used to make treatment as comfortable as possible.
The side-effects of laser treatments are generally mild and transient (unlike the side-effects of some of the medications used to treat fungal infections). The area may be red immediately after treatment and may be a little swollen and tender, but this usually subsides within a few hours. Unwanted reactions are rare but may include a small blister in the area around the nail, or temporary lightening or darkening of the skin. In rare cases, if the nail is very badly infected, the nail may fall off, but if this occurs, it will be replaced by a smoother, uninfected nail.
You will receive treatments every two to four weeks, depending on the area being treated. The number of treatments required varies, although typically six to eight treatments are needed for optimum results. These results become apparent as the nail grows out – due to the slow rate of growth of toenails it may take several months for the full results to become apparent.