Having treated nail problems for over 25 years I have tried many different options to help my patients. Almost 10 years ago I was the first podiatrist to begin using Lunula cold laser to eliminate fungal nail infections. In contrast to hot (thermal) lasers which work in such a way as to be destructive to not only fungal spores but also to healthy tissue, the non-thermal Lunula encourages the body to heal already damaged cells, and speed up nail growth whilst breaking down fungus on both nails and skin.
Lunula has become my treatment of choice, not just for fungal nail infections but for any type of nail damage. This treatment not only clears microbes from the nail area, but regenerates the tissue so that clear nail can grow and attach to the live nail bed.
Cold laser treatment is light therapy, and light keeps us alive and healthy. Lunula produces impressive results when compared to alternative treatments such as oral medications, topical treatments, thermal laser, surgery or home remedies.
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 consultation where your nail condition, medical history, risk factors, and any effects your lifestyle may be having on your nails will be discussed. 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 a treatment plan will be recommended. 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. The foot or hand is placed into the device and receives one cycle of treatment at each appointment. 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 an aftercare package of foot spray, shoe spray, and information sheet.
Based on clinical research studies, nails will require four cycles to be administered. The length of time between each cycle will be dependent upon the outcome of the assessment, as well as how the nails respond to the treatment as we go along. Your treatment plan will be reassessed at each appointment, and adjusted as necessary.
Reviews will be carried out either by photo, in clinic, or, most likely, a mixture of both. In order to see changes occuring in the nail, reviews are generally carried out after six to eight weeks. If nail care is required the review will be carried out in clinic with an Existing Patient appointment. If nail care is not required the review will be carried out 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 various factors such as nail growth rate, lifestyle/health factors that effect nails, 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.