Toenail Fungal (Onychomycosis))
Fotona’s ClearSteps™ Onychomycosis Treatment is considered a patient-friendly method for treating onychomycosis (toenail fungal) and warts. It is a simple and effective procedure that uses the power of Nd:YAG laser light to heat evenly throughout the depth of the affected nail and skin tissue, weakening. It is also helpful in killing parasitic fungi which are the reason for infection in the patient's nails.
Safe and Effective, Without Side-Effects
The killing of parasitic fungus is stimulated by the deep, pulse-profile heating of the nail bed. This further enables the natural growth and immune processes of your body to restore your nail to its pristine state. In comparison to the traditional methods, the effects of laser light spread evenly throughout the tissue. These effects are not subject to the limits of chemical diffusion such as are topicals or the induction of hepatoxic side effects which is the case with oral medications.
ClearSteps™ is Performed in Three Simple Steps:
Step 1: File down the Nail. During the process of onychomycosis, the affected nail will become deformed and overgrown, and may even thicken. Filing down the nail enables the laser light to penetrate completely into the treatment site.
Step 2: Regulate Nd:YAG laser pulses covering the entire nail circularly. Overlap the beam slightly so that the nail is covered completely so that the patient feels a slight heating sensation throughout the area.
Step 3: Target Nd:YAG laser pulses around the nail bed’s perimeter and the finger or toe. As in most cases, parasitic fungus works its way beyond the nail bed, it needs to be eliminated in all the tissue surrounding the affected nail to prevent any recurrence.
Prior to Treatment
Every person wishing to be treated at Advanced Laser Clinic will require a consultation with our Laser Consultant prior to their first treatment.
At this appointment, we welcome all questions to advance your understanding of the treatment. There will be a consultation form to be completed about your health and medications to assess your eligibility for treatment.
A patch test will be performed on your skin to check if the laser settings are suitable for you or not. If there are no reactions 24 hours after your patch test, we can commence your laser treatment.
Before the laser therapy is performed, it is essential for you to keep your treated area away from sun exposure. Your skin needs to be protected from the sun for a minimum of two weeks before any treatment commences and should be taken care of both before and after the treatment. The lasers in this treatment provide a specific heat at a specific depth in your tissue to deliver a desired result. This result can be aggravated if exposed to sun and may even cause unwanted side effects on your affected area.
Before & After
Is Fotona Laser safe?Yes, as the laser treatment is a non-surgical and non-invasive process which makes use of multi-laser technology., it is clinically proven to be safe for all skin types. Apart from this, it has minimal to no downtime and produces satisfactory results.
Do you offer numbing for Laser hair removal?Unfortunately, topical numbing creams are not safe nor effective when doing Laser Hair Removal. The sensation you feel in treatment is not felt on the skin, but in the follicle of the hair. Unfortunately numbing cream cannot penetrate deep enough to minimise the discomfort that may be felt at the follicle. Please ensure that no occlusive creams are present in the treatment areas when undergoing laser hair removal treatments.
What areas are included in a Full Body Laser Hair Removal?A Full Body Laser Hair Removal includes every part of your body except the head.
Can I have my treatment when I am menstruating?Yes - you can still have laser hair removal treatment while on your period. We advise you to wear a tampon or menstrual cup if you would like to have the Brazilian area treated.
Can I have Laser hair removal if i have Epilepsy?Epilepsy sufferers are advised to consult with their doctor about having Laser Hair Removal. An individual will need to obtain medical clearance from their doctor prior to starting treatment. At Laser Clinics Australia, we also offer various options of protective eyewear to ensure your safety at all times during treatment.
What kind of results can I expect?A majority of patients who undergo this treatment see an 80-90% reduction in their hair growth. and the hair follicles that remain after treatment are damaged, meaning that they will produce a finer hair than before treatment. In the weeks following the laser treatment, you will be noticing less hair, slower-growing hair, and even hair falling out. There is also a reduction in hair bumps and ingrown hairs after your first treatment. It is important to apply moisturizers and cool compresses immediately after the treatment if you feel any discomfort in the treated area. Following the treatment, overall you should be able to see a loss of hair over the month. It is recommended to use sunscreen whenever you step out. Although there are some complications that may occur with the process of laser hair removal, as it is with any medical procedure, these are usually minor and rarely occur. Any possible effects of laser hair removal will be reviewed by your clinician during your consultation.
Pre & post care for laser hair removal treatments.- You are required to shave the entire area you wish to get treated prior to the day of your laser hair removal treatment. - Avoid using exfoliators such as alpha beta hydroxyl acid, alcohol toners or any other creams which might be irritating, for one-week before your laser hair removal treatment. - Do not apply any perfumes, deodorants or any type of makeup to the area to be treated on the day of your treatment. - Do not go for any artificial tanning such as tanning beds and spray tans within 2-3 weeks prior to your treatment. - After your hair removal treatment, you may experience the growth of hair for up to two weeks. However, this is only the treated hair that is being shed from the follicle. - Following your laser hair removal treatment, you will likely experience slight redness and swelling around the hair follicles and some mild discomfort, mostly similar to sunburn. Cool packs may be applied. - You may observe during and after your session the smell of burned hair. However, this is normal. - It is essential to avoid swimming pools and spas treated with chemicals or chlorine until the skin returns to its normal condition. - Until the skin returns to normal condition, you must not have any facials or peels on any treated facial areas. - If the underarm area is being treated, do not use deodorant for 24 to 48 hours. - Following the treatment, do not rub, or pick the area which is treated. Use of loofahs or abrasive scrubs is prohibited for at least 5 days. - Do not practice any strenuous sport activities and any hot water, saunas or jacuzzi for 3 days. - In case a crust develops on the treat area, use aloe Vera twice daily to keep it moist until it gets healed. - If you notice any signs of infection or blistering in the treated area, contact us. - Use sunblock SPF 30 or 50 to protect the skin before and after all treatments.
Scheduling your next treatment.- Shaving is recommended between sessions and 1 or 2 days prior to your next appointment. - The sessions of the facial area treatment are scheduled in four week intervals and four to six weeks for other areas. - Disrupting or missing the appointments can cause less than optimal results. - Between the schedule of treatments, you should not undergo Electrolysis, waxing, threading or tweezing. Avoid tweezing between sessions, however, shaving can be done..
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A Novel Metod for the Treatment of Fungal Nail Disease with 1064 nm Nd:YAG. Yegor V.Kolodchenko,Vasyl I. Baetul. Journal of the Laser and Health Academy, Vol. 2013, No.1. Read Full Text.
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