Brunswick Foot & Ankle Surgery
is pleased to announce the area's only Cutera Laser - Genesis Plus Toenail Solution
What is GenesisPlus?
GenesisPlus is a Nd:YAG 1064nm laser that has been shown to be both a safe and effective solution to improve the unsightly appearance of onychomycosis, more commonly known as toenail fungus. This laser is also a safe and effective treatment for scar reduction and warts.
What are the symptoms of nail infection?
You may suffer from nail infection (onychomycosis) if you have one or more of the following symptoms:
• Discolored nails
• Yellow streaks under the nail
• Distorted or thickened nails
• Brittle, crumbly or ragged nail
• Nails separated from the underlying skin
• Buildup of debris (nail fragments, dead skin) under the nail
• White spots or streaks on the nail surface
How does GenesisPlus work?
Laser light from GenesisPlus passes through the nail and the surrounding tissue. The laser light is absorbed by pigment in the fungi, which causes the pigment to heat, and this heat is thought to kill or damages the fungal organism. This can result in your nail looking clearer. There appears to be no adverse effects related to the laser procedure.
What can you expect during the procedure?
It is important to remove all nail polish and decorations the day before the procedure.The procedure involves passing the laser beam over the infected nails and surrounding skin. Your physician will repeat this several times until enough energy has reached the nail bed. Your nail will feel warm during the procedure. Most patients describe the procedure as being comfortable with a small hot pinch at the end that resolves quickly. A single session takes approximately 20 minutes for 5-10 nails. Procedure times will vary, so please ask your doctor for more information. Immediately following the procedure your nail may feel warm for a few minutes. The majority of patients can resume normal activities immediately. Most patients show improvement after one procedure. The required number of treatments will vary depending on how severely each digit is infected.
What can you expect after the procedure?
If the procedure is successful, as the nail grows you will see new, healthy nail. Nails grow slowly, so it may take up to 12 months to see a clear nail. Many people wonder will the unsightly nail come back? Your nail should improve following the procedure, but you will need to continue with home care techniques to reduce the occurrence of the infection as advised by your doctor. There is a chance of re-occurrence because the fungus is present everywhere in the environment. Future laser applications can often help to maintain unsightly nails in stubborn infections.
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