Marisa Schettino, Medical Aesthetician
Fungal nail infections cause the affected finger or toe nail to become thickened and discoloured which can be unsightly and embarrassing. Usually, these infections are caused by dermatophyte fungi, the same culprit which causes athlete’s foot, and affects around 10% of the UK population.
Over the counter products are not often recommended as they have unreliable results. However, the new Lunula Cold Laser can properly target all of the infected tissue and the nail bed to ensure a quick and pleasant procedure.
The Lunula Cold Laser is the fastest growing laser to treat fungal nail infections and has had fantastic results in clinical trials, with 37% of patients seeing a healthy nail growing in just 6 months.
Unlike thermal lasers which destroy fungal spore using heat alone, the Lunula Cold Laser uses photo-chemistry. This makes it both a quick and comfortable experience for most patients*.
Treatments take around 12 minutes per foot, allowing you to easily fit in an appointment into your busy schedule. There is usually no downtime and no side effects associated with this treatment.
|All laser fungal procedures are carried out by highly qualified aestheticians.|
|We have a long and respected reputation for outstanding patient care.|
|Care Quality Commission (CQC) registered medical clinic.|
Laser Fungal Nail Treatment is effective for treating:
DISCLAIMER: Everyone is unique. This means that sensitivity periods, treatment plans, treatment results and their longevity will vary from patient to patient. The information on this page is based on the average treatment experience. For more accurate information, you should make a consultation with one of our experts.
|No. of treatments||Most patients will have at least 4 treatments.|
|Procedure Time||12 minutes|
|Sensitivity Period||Usually there is none|
|Back to work||Same day for most patients|
|Full Recovery||Same day for most patients|
|Duration of results||Varies|
The Lunula Laser is a chiropodist and podiatrist-led laser which provides a simple and effective solution for treating onychomycosis (fungal nail infections). The patient’s foot is placed under the Lunula Laser where the pre-set laser will touchlessly and painlessly attack the fungus. As the laser will treat all affected nails on one foot simultaneously, it is quicker than traditional lasers.
Unlike traditional thermal lasers which destroy fungal infections using thermal heat alone, the Lunula laser uses photo-chemistry to kill the fungal spores. The Lunula Laser uses two wavelengths simultaneously to treat fungal nail infections without causing pain for most patients. The 405nm laser has an antimicrobial effect while the pulsed 635nm laser regenerates the infected area and stimulates the immune system.
In most cases, only four 12 minute sessions are required to treat the infection.
Is it safe?
Unlike heat-based lasers, which pose a number of risks such as pain, burning and necrosis, the Lunula Cold Laser carries virtually no risk to either the patient or the physician performing the procedure.
Does it hurt?
The Lunula Laser should not hurt whilst treating the nails or afterwards. This means you can exercise, work and wash as normal after your treatment.
How many treatments will I need?
Usually, four 12 minutes sessions is all you will need to successfully kill the fungus.
Can the Lunula Laser be used to treat fingernails?
Yes, the device can be used to treat nails on both feet and hands.
Will the fungal nail infection return?
Unfortunately, people that have had a fungal nail infection are susceptible to reinfection after treatment. However, taking steps to improve foot hygiene can help minimalise your chance of reinfection such as spraying shoes with antifungal spray and paying extra attention when scrubbing your toes in the shower.
What are the symptoms of a fungal nail infection?
Fungal nail infections are characterised by discoloured nails which are crumbly or loose. In addition, those who have a fungal nail infection often have athlete’s foot too.
This treatment is performed by Melissa, our medical medical aesthetician. She has completed her Fungal Nail Laser training course and has been achieving great, confidence-boosting results for her patients.