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Q:How does the laser toenail fungus treatment procedure work?

ClearSense is an easy treatment to perform; the laser technology heats the nail and the nail bed with laser energy resulting in a decrease of nail fungus and an increase in the growth of clear nails. The treatment involves passing the laser beam over the infected nails and surrounding skin. The treatment is repeated until enough energy has reached the nail bed and the desired temperature is reached.

Q:Is the laser toenail fungus treatment procedure painful?

There is no pain or discomfort during or after the procedure. Some patients may feel a very slight pressure resembling a pinprick, but there is rarely any feeling whatsoever. The laser has absolutely no effect on healthy tissue, thereby making it completely safe.

Q:How long will my laser toenail fungus treatment procedure take?

Most infections improve after one 15-20 minute treatment, however, the number of treatments will vary depending on the severity of the nail fungus. Consult your physician for the specific number of treatments that are right for you. Immediately following treatment, no visual change in the nail will be detected, as it takes time for the clear nail to grow.

Q:Is this laser procedure safe?

In a word….yes. To date, all clinical studies have shown no adverse reactions, no injuries, disabilities and even no known side effects. In opposition, the use of available medications for treatment of nail fungus comes with increased risks of systemic problems in the liver and kidneys. The Sciton ClearSense treatment has no associated risks of these kinds.

Q:I don’t like to take drugs. Are there any drugs involved in this procedure?

There are no drugs, anesthetic or topical ointments required.

Q:How soon will my toenail healing be completed?

The toenail will generally completely grow out and replace itself every 6 to 12 months. Most patients show healthy new growth to be visible within the first 3 months.

Q:This sounds too good to be true. Is it more effective than Lamisil?

The clinical case studies to date have found that over 79 percent of toes imp[roved in clear nail over 90 days following treatment. Lamisil and other oral anti-fungal medication have a documented success rate of 60-70%.

Q:How soon will I be able to walk after the treatment procedure?

This procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, and needs no recuperation period. You literally can walk out of the treatment and resume your daily activities immediately.

Q:Will insurance pay for my treatment procedure?

While we offer the initial consultation for treatment without charge, the procedure itself is not covered by most insurance carriers. In some cases, the procedure is covered as an eligible medical expense under flexible spending accounts or health savings accounts. Check with your individual carrier for verification.

Q:Do you accept financing ?

We currently accept patient financing through CareCredit. Call for more information.

Q:What areas in California do you service with this procedure?

Atherton, Belmont, Brisbane, Burlingame, Colma, Daly City, Palo Alto, Foster City, Half Moon Bay, Hillsborough, Menlo Park, Millbrae, Pacifica, Portola Valley, Redwood City, Redwood Shores, San Bruno, San Carlos, San Mateo, Woodside, South San Francisco, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, San Jose or any other city in the San Francisco metro area, you can make an appointment at any of our convenient clinics, as well as requesting a consultation.