The Lunula cold laser is used to regenerate nail and skin, and to eliminate fungal infections within the area. It produces impressive results when compared to alternative treatments such as oral medications, topical treatments, thermal laser, surgery or home remedies.
The Lunula has two laser diodes (beams) which rotate. The beams administer light to the cells in the form of energy. The cells have photoreceptors in which take this energy and convert it into chemicals which are already naturally occurring in the body. The two chemicals that are released by the cells are hydrogen peroxide, which is a natural anti septic. This starts to break down any fungus that may be present. The other chemical produced is nitric oxide. This dilates blood vessels thus increasing blood supply to the area. This increased blood supply helps the body to use its own immune system to fight fungus. It also aids in the regeneration of damaged tissue to enable the affected nail and skin to heal. Lunula is the only treatment available which both heals damage and eliminates fungus.
The treatment procedure begins with a new patient assessment where we will discuss your nail condition, medical history, and any effects your lifestyle may be having on your nails. Photographs will be taken to provide a starting point record so that progress can be recorded. Nails will be cut and filed, using an electric spray file. Treatment options will be discussed and should it be appropriate to go ahead with Lunula treatment the first cycle can be carried out at this appointment.
Each treatment cycle lasts for 12 minutes. Each foot or hand is placed into the device and receives one cycle of treatment at each appointment. Each treatment cycle is started by the Podiatrist. Lunula treatment is not harmful to you in any way as the device uses low power settings. No heat will be felt, unlike treatment with other lasers. Some people may feel a mild pins and needles sensation as the blood vessels dilate and the increased blood supply floods the area. Most people feel nothing at all. After the first cycle you will be given anti-fungal creams for the skin to take home with you and apply daily. This is more of a precaution than a treatment to ensure that any fungal spores sitting on the skin are eliminated so they cannot infect the damaged nail. Your shoes will also be sprayed with an anti-microbial shoe spray (these can be purchased in clinic or via our web shop) and you will be given an advice sheet on how to prevent fungal infections and keep your nails healthy.
Generally four cycles will be administered per foot or hand as part of the initial treatment package. Each cycle is carried out between one week and four weeks apart until the fourth treatment. If further treatment is required, additional cycles will be carried out with a minimum of four weeks between them.
At the fourth appointment nails will be photographed again and cut and filed. Some changes to the nail may be apparent at this early stage, however it does take several months to be able to see healthy growth and less damage.
Four weeks after this appointment nails will be reviewed either in clinic, if nail care will be required, or by photograph, which we will ask patients to email to us. As nails take a minimum of 18 months to grow out (time is dependant on patients’ nail growth rate and severity of initial damage seen) LNLC like to review progress regularly. Photo reviews are free of charge, however appointments in clinic are chargeable at our routine appointment rate.
- 100% safe
- Uses low-level laser light to painlessly kill nail fungus and regenerate damaged nail
- No oral or systemic drugs
- Treatment takes only 12 minutes per cycle to complete
- No downtime required
- No unpleasant side effects
- Effective for toenails and fingernails
- Cleared for use in Europe according to the Medical Device Directive (93/42/EEC)
The low-level Lunula Laser from Erchonia Corp. has received 510(k) approval from the U.S. FDA. Erchonia said it is the first low-level laser to receive marketing clearance for the treatment of onychomycosis, or nail fungus.