Nail Fungus Removal

Feel good being barefoot again! Get rid of unsightly and uncomfortable nail fungus with our RediMedi Laser Nail Fungus removal treatment plan.

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Effective Treatment

Our LightPod Neo Laser has the unique capability of penetrating through the nail and into the nail matrix, heating the tissue in the nail bed to maximize coagulation of soft tissue contaminated with fungus.

Fast & Conveinent

The treatment of nails with LightPod laser is fast and convenient – it takes approximately 5 to 15 seconds to cover a single nail with laser pulses.

Minimal, Low Pain

Since laser treatment is so fast, patients generally experience little pain as the laser superheats the nail bed. Pain does vary from patient to patient, as everyone’s pain tolerance is different.

Nail Fungus (Onycomycosis)

Onychomycosis is common in people over 50 and is unusual in children. There may be a genetic predisposition to fungal infection of the nails in some patients. Infection is contagious, and is spread by contact with infected nail files/clippers and possibly by walking barefoot in public areas.

Onychomycosis is very difficult to cure. By preventing the spread of athlete’s foot, nail infection can be minimized or avoided. In approximately half of suspected nail fungus cases there is actually no fungal infection, but only nail deformity. Because of this, a confirmation of fungal infection should precede treatment. Risk factors include perspiring heavily, being in a humid or moist environment, psoriasis, wearing socks and shoes that hinder ventilation and do not absorb perspiration, going barefoot in damp public places such as swimming pools, gyms and shower rooms, having athlete’s foot (tinea pedis), minor skin or nail injury, damaged nail, or other infection, and having diabetes, circulation problems, which may also lead to lower peripheral temperatures on hands and feet, or a weakened immune system.

*Pricing varies by size, color and technicality. Call us for a consult or email us pictures and dimensions for an estimate.

What To Expect

Clinical research has shown that the LightPod Neoand LightPod Fortelasers are capable of effectively superheating the skin tissue beneath finger and toe nails, causing the coagulation of the soft tissue that is contaminated with fungal material. This can result in a significant cosmetic enhancement for patients.  In order to super heat and coagulate the soft tissue beneath a finger or toe nail and particularly to reach the depth of the nail matrix, it is necessary to use a powerful, deep-heating laser modality within a tolerable pulse duration. Aerolase offers the unique combination with its LightPod Neo and LightPod Fortelasers, which deliver laser energy at the 1064nm wavelength and at optimum submillisecond pulse duration. This type of laser is capable of penetrating through the nail and into the nail matrix, heating the tissue in the nail bed to maximize coagulation of soft tissue contaminated with fungus. The presence of pigment and water in such soft tissue structures, as well as hemoglobin in the vasculature supporting the nail bed, collectively represent the common chromophores that absorb 1064nm laser energy as part of the process of coagulating and destroying the targeted tissue structures.

For more information on the process and treatment, please read our frequently asked questions below.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does Aerolase work?

Clinical research has shown that the LightPod Neo and LightPod Forte lasers are capable of effectively superheating the skin tissue beneath finger and toe nails, causing the coagulation of the soft tissue that is contaminated with fungal material. This can result in a significant cosmetic enhancement for patients.  In order to super heat and coagulate the soft tissue beneath a finger or toe nail and particularly to reach the depth of the nail matrix, it is necessary to use a powerful, deep-heating laser modality within a tolerable pulse duration.

Aerolase offers the unique combination with its LightPod Neo and LightPod Forte lasers, which deliver laser energy at the 1064nm wavelength and at optimum submillisecond pulse duration. This type of laser is capable of penetrating through the nail and into the nail matrix, heating the tissue in the nail bed to maximize coagulation of soft tissue contaminated with fungus. The presence of pigment and water in such soft tissue structures, as well as hemoglobin in the vasculature supporting the nail bed, collectively represent the common chromophores that absorb 1064nm laser energy as part of the process of coagulating and destroying the targeted tissue structures.

The treatment of nails with LightPod laser is fast and convenient – it takes approximately 5 to 15 seconds to cover a single nail with laser pulses.

What does the Aerolase nail fungus treatment consist of?

Includes treatment on all toenails plus the option to buy a bottle of Formula 3 Rx to protect you from getting reinfected during treatments. Treatments are $100 per session, sessions vary depending on severity of the case. 3 treatments is typical if you follow aftercare instructions regularly.

What is the aftercare and how do I prevent the fungus from returning?

It is very important to follow the aftercare instructions listed here because, even though our laser procedure is highly effective at killing fungus, a fungal reinfection is always possible. We will destroy the fungus under your nails, but you have to keep it from returning. The simple actions and habits below will greatly improve your chances for remaining fungus free for life.

  1. You can resume your normal activities immediately. Our procedure is designed so that you can walk, run, hike, swim or do any activity you are used to doing the same day. You might notice some redness around the toenail which will go away within 24-48 hours, but you shouldn’t experience any pain after the procedure.
  2. Wash your toes and feet daily, ensuring that you dry them completely – especially between the toes.
  3. After cleaning and dying your feet, apply Formula 3 to all of your toenails twice daily until your prescription is finished (typically 3-6 months). Preferably after a shower, your nail plate is soft and makes the penetration more effective.
  4. It is very important that you also treat your feet, especially if you have symptoms of Athlete’s Foot (itching, burning, cracking or peeling skin), and even if you don’t. This will prevent any fungus on the skin from infecting the toenails. Apply antifungal cream or spray twice daily if athlete’s foot is present, and once daily for prevention. Options include tolnaftate, lotrimin, tea tree oil, etc.
  5. Change your socks daily. Bleach ALL your socks or buy new socks. You don’t want to put treated toes in a possibly infected sock. Always wash socks in hot water and dry on HOT dryer setting. You may use bleach or vinegar in the rinse cycle as an antifungal measure. Wear socks made of wool or Cool-Max (moisture-wicking), which are good materials to minimize moisture buildup on the feet. Avoid nylon socks.
  6. Keep the insides of your shoes dry and fungus free. Fungus loves warmth and moisture, so loose-fitting shoes made of breathable material helps to ensure that your toes are kept as dry as possible. You can use an antifungal shoe spray or powder such as Lotrimin or Lamisil to reduce the chance of fungus growing in your shoes. Avoid shoes made of rubber or plastic. Try to rotate shoes every other to allow them to air out.

Another option is the UV Total Recovery shoe sanitizer (UVTR). US Laboratory testing confirmed that the UVTR shoe sanitizer for just 15 minutes a day will kill 99% of the microbes in your shoes, including fungus, bacteria, mold, and other microorganisms, thus also preventing bad odors associates with them, When used daily this is an effective was to ensure that your shoes don’t reinfect your toes. http://uvtotalrecovery.com/

  1. Keep your toenails short and trimmed straight across. Long nails have a tendency to break which provides easy access for fungus to re-infect the nail bed. Trim and file down thickened nail weekly. Avoid using infected nail clippers and files. Clean them by boiling or by using diluted bleach and make sure any nail tools you use at home or in the nail salon are properly cleaned as well. We strongly recommend bringing your own nail tools and polish when getting a professional pedicure. We suggest using disposable nail files to trim because it decreases the chance of breaking the skin and inviting the infection back in.
  2. Clean and disinfect your shower/bathtub 1-2 times daily (50/50 water and vinegar mix in a spray bottle). Change bath towels after 2nd Change bed sheets 2 times weekly. Always wash towels and sheets on hot water and use the HOT setting on your dryer. You should also use bleach or vinegar in the rinse cycle.
  3. Wear sandals or flip-flops in public places that are wet such as hotel bathrooms, locker rooms and indoor swimming pools.
  • Dispose of your old nail polish as nail polish may be contaminated with fungus. Ideally, avoid using nail polish while using Formula 3, as the polish may prevent the topical antifungal from adequately penetrating the nail.
  • Fresh air and sunshine! Expose toes to both as often as possible. UV light inhibits the growth of microbes and encourages faster nail growth.
  • If you have crooked or overlapping toes that rub against each other, consider wearing toe spacers to lessen the continued trauma to the toenails. A recommended brand is Correct Toes. http://nwfootankle.com/correct-toes
  • NonyX may be used as an adjunct treatment to help with discoloration. NonyX dissolves excess keratin under the nails, but is NOT an antifungal. http://www.xenna.com/Products/NonyX.aspx
  • Toenail polish. We recommend ’s Remedy nail polish, as it minimizes toxic ingredients and contains the natural antifungals, garlic and tea tree oil. http://www.remedynails.com/
  • Foot soaks are another way to prevent fungus and athletes foot. Try to soak in a concentrated foot bath for at least 20 minutes, 2-3 times per week. This mixture consists on ¼ cup Listerine, 1 cup vinegar and enough water to just cover the toenails (Epsom salts optional). Do NOT fill the tub up with water, this will dilute the mixture.
How long does the procedure take?

Depending on how many toes are affected, the Aerolase laser procedure will take 20-30 minutes.

Is Aerolase Laser Therapy painful?

Most people feel a slight warming sensation during the procedure. No pain medication is needed and most people find the treatment very easy to tolerate.

How many treatments will I need?

Three treatments are recommended in order to achieve approximately 80 - 85% success. Results vary per person.

Are there any restrictions on my activity post procedure?

You can resume your normal activities immediately. Make sure you bring a brand new or freshly bleached socks with you to your appointment.

When will I see results?

You won't notice anything immediately following treatment. However, as your nail grows out, the new nail growth should be clear.Toe nails grow slowly –especially nails infected with fungus. So, it may take 6-12 months for your toenail to clear, if you need a Rx topical, you may purchase in our office.

Will the fungus come back?

Reinfection with toenail fungus may be acquired anywhere from your environment, for example, in damp areas such as public swimming pools, shower, socks and sheets that were not properly washed or dried on high heat. Consult with your healthcare professional to understand how to prevent toenail fungus from reoccurring.

When can I apply nail polish?

While it is important to remove nail polish, decoration and jewelry prior to treatment, you can reapply nail polish 24 hours after treatment. We don’t recommend it tho. We will send you home with Formula 3 topical Rx that will need to be applied 2 times daily until it is finished. This will help you to not get reinfected during treatment. You may want to throw out your old polishes also. The fungus may be picked up with the brush and when placed back into the bottle, it could infect all of the polish.

How does Aerolase laser treatments compare to other toenail fungus treatments?

Traditional treatments such as nail trimming, topical medicine, oral medicine or nail removal have significant drawbacks. Nail trimming doesn't treat the fungus. Topical medicines need to be applied for 12 months and have a low success rate. Oral medicines are taken for 3 months but can cause liver or kidney problems. Aerolase is a quick, easy, safe, effective procedure that treats the fungus at the source safety and effectively. It will kill the fungus immediately, keeping yourself from getting reinfected is the hard part. There is quite a bit of at home care you will need to follow to get the best results.

Who will perform the laser toenail fungus treatment?

Our technicians are specially trained and experienced in the use of this new laser technology for the treatment of fungal nail disease.

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Happy Clients!

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I have this ugly-ass toenail that resists all my attempts to fix it. Over the years I’ve tried everything from soaking it in vinegar, tea tree oil, and bleach.  I’ve used every single toe nail fungus remover you can buy. I was finally ready to try laser treatment and sought the services of RediMedi. This place is great!

I saw Jessica, who was so knowledgable and professional. She was very thorough with the laser, zapping like a pro.  During my appointment, she put special UV lights in my boots that would kill any fungus that might have been lurking there.  How awesome is that?  Afterwards, she sent me home with a bottle of medicated oil to apply to my feet twice daily.  I have two more appointments to go, but I’m already seeing a difference in my nail.  I’m super stoked to see the results after the series is complete.

Kristen S.

Portland

When you have toenail fungus, it’s extremely embarrassing and at times uncomfortable. But when you have a laser pro like Jessica, you’ll have no doubt it’s going to work. The relieving part is, the staff made me feel as though it was no big deal… “everybody gets it”…. so they have helped to qualm my fears, embarrassment, and toenail fungus!

I’ve only had 2 or the 3 treatments so far, but I could see the difference even after the first treatment! A healthy nail is growing out, and fungus is subsiding. I literally couldn’t be any happier with RediMedi’s services! I will definitely be going back for other laser services in the future, because these guys have got a good thing going!

Shelley W.

Portland

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