Laser Treatment For Toenail Fungus


GenesisPlus A Safe Effective Treatment for Toes and Feet
Dr. Fillerup’s office now features the Genesisplus laser for Podiatry.  Genesisplus is an FDA cleared laser treatment for the treatment of nail infection (onychomycosis), more commonly known as toenail fungus.  This laser is also a safe and effective treatment for Scar Reduction and Warts.

GenesisPlus is a quick and comfortable way to clear the nail without drug therapy.  Clear nail growth can be observed as early as 3 months following 1 or 2 fifteen minute laser treatments.

Scar Reduction
GenesisPlus is used to treat and accelerate scar remodeling, improve redness, thickness and enhance cosmesis.  Genesisplus also softens and relaxes the tension in scars, improving mobility for the patient.

GenesisPlus provides the power needed for effective treatment of warts.  Studies with GenesisPlus demonstrate a higher clearance rate than other common therapies*.  – JkoreanMedSci2009

A New Laser Treatment for Nail Fungus

What treatments are available for nail infections?
Current treatments options for nail infections include oral drugs, topical drugs and laser.  No single treatment is effective in all patients and there are risks and benefits associated with each one.  Be sure to discuss all your treatment options with our doctor.

Oral Drugs - can be very effective in eliminating nail infections and restoring clear nails.  The drugs must be taken for  6 to 12 weeks and may cause side effects. Blood tests may be required to monitor liver function.  These drugs are not used for patients in poor health or who have liver disease.

Topical Drugs - are less effective in treating nail infections and restoring clear nails.  The drugs are applied directly to the nails daily for up to 12 months.  In some patients, the drug is ineffective because it cannot pass through the nail to reach the infection.

Laser- treatments are effective in eliminating nail infections and restoring clear nails.  Most patients experience at least some improvement.  Recent studies show an 81% sucess rate.  During treatment most patients experience a warm feeling in their toes.  No anesthetic (topical or injected  is needed during the treatment.

How does the GenesisPlus work for nail fungus (onychomycosis)?
Laser light from the 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 damages the fungal organisms.  This  results in your nail growing normally.

What can you expect?
The treatment 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 treatment.

Treatment Session Time - A single treatment session takes approximately 40 minutes to treat 5-10 nails.  Treatment times will vary, so please ask your doctor for more information.

Number of Treatments - Most patients respond well with 3 treatments.  Additional treatments may be necessary depending on the severity of the infection.

Before the Procedure- It is important to remove all nail polish and decorations the day before the procedure. A digital photograph will be taken of  the nail(s) prior to the procedure for future reference of the progress of  the nail.

During the Procedure - Most patients describe the procedure as being comfortable with a small hot pinch at the end that resolves quickly.

After the Procedure- Immediately following the procedure your nail may feel warm for a few minutes.  The majority of patients can resume normal activities immediately.

Long Term- If the treatments 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 an entirely clear nail.  You should see some clearing at the base of  the nail in 3 months.

Dr. Fillerup is the exclusive provider on the Central Coast and is Certified from Cutera in use of the FDA cleared Gensis Plus laser.  Send us an email or give us a call to inquire further about your laser treatment today.

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