Prescott, AZ (PRWEB) October 29, 2012
Robin Fleck, M.D., founder and medical director of Body Oasis Laser Aesthetics Medical Spa has announced the acquisition of the PinPoint FootLaserTM, a laser technology for clearing nails in patients with onychomycosis, or nail fungus.
Nail fungus is an embarrassing cosmetic condition that impacts a person's quality of life and can lead to serious health problems especially in diabetics. Fungal nail infection is estimated to affect more than 10 percent of the global population, and 36 million Americans. The condition can be passed between family members if left untreated.
Symptoms of nail fungal infection include thickened, yellow or dark nails, white spots on nails, crumbly nails, separation of the nail from the bed, and scaling around the nail. Fungus is present in the dead skin around the nails, the space under the free edge of the nail and between the toes. Infection of fingernails is less frequent than toenails; however the laser treatment is effective for both areas.
Nail infection is caused by yeast or mold which is very resistant to most treatments. Until now, the only effective treatment consisted of nearly a year of therapy with oral medications that could result in liver damage. The relapse rate after completion of drug therapy is 50% or higher.
PinPoint is the only FDA-approved laser available today designed specifically to treat nail fungus. During the treatment, the laser light targets and heats the fungus without causing damage to the surrounding skin or discomfort to the patient. "This unique laser enables us to treat the fungus in a single treatment," explains Lisa Ramirez, certified laser technician at Body Oasis Medical Spa. "For patients with onychomycosis, laser nail treatment offers new hope." Up to 75% clearing of nails occurs with a single treatment after one year without the potential for toxic drug side effects. In the remainder of patients, an additional treatment session may be necessary at 6 months.
A typical treatment takes about an hour since the nails must first be thinned to allow the laser heat to penetrate into the nail bed. After the thinning procedure, the nails can be treated with the laser with no discomfort. The nails slowly begin to grow out normally and reattach to the nail bed; however, this process takes between 12-18 months.
People with nail fungus infection have a selective defect of their immune system, whereby they don’t seem to recognize or eradicate the infection. Otherwise their immune systems function normally, but because of this selective weakness, they are more prone to reinfection from fungus.
As a result, there is a series of steps which must be taken to prevent fungus from returning after the nail is treated. Topical antifungal creams, wearing shoes which have not been exposed to fungus, avoiding nail salons that do not properly disinfect their equipment and precautions like wearing flip-flops while using a sports club or staying in a hotel are all necessary for preventing reinfection.
If you would like to know more about our revolutionary new treatment for nail fungus, or to schedule a free consultation, please call Lisa at 928-778-0414.
Cosmetic dermatologist, Robin Fleck, M.D. is a double board certified dermatologist and internist, recognized by the American Board of Dermatology and the American Board of Internal Medicine. She is founder and Medical Director of Body Oasis Laser Aesthetics and Southwest Skin & Cancer Institute http://www.rejuvadoc.com. She is a fellow of the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery and the American Academy of Dermatology. Dr. Fleck is also the founder of Vein Specialties http://www.prescottvein.com in Prescott, Arizona.