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Lasers emit powerful energy beams that can be highly focused on small areas to treat an array of skin conditions, both medical and cosmetic. Different types of lasers emit energy at different wavelengths and frequencies, making them very versatile.
Lasers have many applications in dermatology, from treating acne to tightening and resurfacing skin to treating toenail fungus and removing unwanted hair. While they can be ideal for many patients, they're not always the best choice. During your consultation, you'll learn more about laser treatments so you can decide if it's right for your needs.
Yes, lasers can be very effective in treating nail fungus, which can be difficult to treat with other types of methods like topical medications. It also avoids the need for oral medications, which can cause liver damage when taken for a long period of time. The laser destroys the DNA of the fungus so it can no longer multiply or replicate. Treatment takes just 15 to 30 minutes, and it's painless so no anesthetic is needed. The laser treatment focuses solely on the fungus, leaving the rest of the nail and other tissue undamaged. Once treatment is complete, you can return to your regular routines.
Lasers use intense, focused heat to destroy the hair at its root. Over time, successive treatments can significantly slow hair growth or prevent hair from regrowing. Most patients will have success with three to six initial treatments followed by follow-up treatments two to six time a year for a year or two. The number of treatments you need will depend on the amount of laser energy that is used during each treatment.
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