Yellow, brittle, crumbling toenails are ugly and, for many people, embarrassing.
Toenail fungus occurs as a result of yeasts, molds, or a fungus called
dermatophytes. Fungi typically form in warm, moist environments, such as those
provided by shoes and socks. Certain underlying conditions, such as diabetes,
may also place individuals at an increased risk of developing toenail fungus.
The fungal infections are stubborn and hard to eliminate with topical medications.
Oral anti-fungals can be effective, but you have to remember to take a pill every
day for multiple weeks for the medicine to work and carries the risks. Laser
technology, however, has changed the face of fungal toenail treatment. The
Cutera Genesis is a cutting-edge laser.
Dr. David Kaplansky of Kaplansky Foot and Ankle is dedicated to the best
treatment for every patient he sees. That is why he trusts the Cutera laser.
Cutera has been in the business of laser and light medical technology since the
late 1990s, founded by two of the engineers who pioneered light equipment that
have since become established standards in the medical community. A leader in
the industry, the company participates in clinical studies, provides training to use
their equipment, and sends out expert service teams to clinics to handle
machinery issues. Updates in the equipment has resulted in shorter treatments
times and lower costs.
The Cutera treatment itself involves the delivery of pulsed laser energy to the targeted area of the nail and/or skin, where it passes through and is absorbed to reach the fungus. The procedure is noninvasive with no post-
procedure recovery time preventing you from working. Most cases are resolved with three laser treatments, along with follow up appointments with specialist, Dr.David Kaplansky, to make sure your nails are re-growing properly. More severe
infections may require more treatments.
New nail growth—infection free—is usually visible after just a month or two while the nail grows! In anywhere from 6-12 months, your nails should have grown back healthier and as beautiful as ever. Dr. Kaplansky will likely recommend
concurrent topical treatments and a long-term maintenance program to prevent reoccurrence.
Fungal toenail infections do not get better if you leave them alone—they only get worse without treatment. Living with ugly and even uncomfortable toenails does not have to be a fact of your life. If you already have or think you might be developing a fungal nail infection, don’t wait for it to take over your toes before getting help. A consult is required to plan the proper treatment protocol.