Frequently Asked Questions
Below is a list of questions we are asked frequently and we hope you find it helpful. If you have a question about toenail fungus or the laser treatment that is not answered here, please contact us and we will be happy to advise you.
- What is the cost of treatment?
- How long does the treatment take?
- What is toenail fungus?
- What are the symptoms of toenail fungus?
- Why do you charge for the first consultation?
- How can I pay?
- Can you treat just the infected nail?
- Are you medically qualified to give this nail treatment?
- Is the nail treatment approved by health authorities?
- Can I claim on my health insurance?
- Will my nails look normal again after treatment?
- Can you treat fingernail fungus?
- What causes nail fungus?
- How can I be sure I have fungal infection?
- Why treat my fungal infection?
- Is the laser treatment painful?
- How effective is the treatment?
- Who manufactures the Lunula Laser?
- What is your cancellation policy?
What is the cost of treatment?
The cost of toenail laser treatment is currently £549 for four treatments on both feet and £99 for subsequent treatments for both feet. A minimum of four treatments is recommended but if your condition is particular severe, more treatments may be required.
Please see our complete list of price plans.
How long does the treatment take?
On average, our appointments last approximately 60 minutes for the first treatment and 30 minutes per follow on treatment. The longer first session gives us time to carry out the procedure, answer any questions and provide follow-up advice. We will carefully treat your infected nails to ensure that any pathogens are eliminated and healthy nail growth is promoted. We are committed to providing the best quality laser treatment available to every one of our patients.
What is toenail fungus?
Toenail fungus or onychomycosis is a common fungal infection that affects around 900 million people worldwide. The nail can appear thickened, yellow or cloudy and will often become rough and crumbly and even separate from the nail bed. Although it can be argued this is a purely a cosmetic problem, the nail can become painful, difficult to cut and very brittle. In addition, particles can collect under the nail and become odorous.
What are the symptoms of toenail fungus?
The affected nail turns white-yellow or yellow-brown and the nail may thicken, develop a crust and the surrounding area may become red and swollen, causing discomfort. The nail can also become pitted and misshapen with grooves or ridges. The thickening, discolouration and irregularities are plainly visible.
Why do you charge for the first consultation?
As there are a number of conditions that can look like a fungal nail infection, it is important to get a correct diagnosis by a specialist. At Beauchamp Foot Care we can usually diagnose what condition is affecting you at your first visit. If we are uncertain as to the cause of your condition, our podiatrists will arrange for a nail sample to be sent away for analysis. There is, however, an additional charge for this procedure should it be necessary.
How can I pay?
We accept cash or credit card payments for nail laser treatment.
Can you treat just the infected nail?
Once you have a nail fungal infection, it can be the main cause of infection in other nails, even spreading to the other foot or hand. The Lunula Laser that we use treats the entire foot or hand at the same time to ensure all microscopic organisms are killed to prevent the spread to other nails and to promote healthy nail growth.
Are you medically qualified to give this nail treatment?
All nail treatments are overseen out by our Certified Podiatrists, each with over 20 years of experience in diagnosing and treating nail conditions. In addition, each specialist has received in-depth training in either the UK or USA on laser treatment systems. And, as we were one of the first clinics in the UK to adopt these techniques, we have treated thousands of patients to date.
Is the nail treatment approved by health authorities?
The Lunula laser treatment is cleared for use in Europe according to the Medical Device Directive (93/42/EEC).
Can I claim on my health insurance?
It will depend on your level of health cover and your particular insurer. We suggest you contact your insurer to check before commencing treatment.
Will my nails look normal again after treatment?
Your nails should look normal again if the appearance is solely affected by the fungal infection. For example, if the nail is thickened due to an injury of the matrix (root), as well as the fungus, then the thickness will not be rectified by the laser.
Can you treat fingernail fungus?
Yes, the Lunula laser system is just as effective on fingernails. In fact, we have treated many patients with fungal fingernail infections since beginning laser therapies. We suggest you make an appointment to see us so we can assess your condition and advise on treatment.
What causes nail fungus?
Microscopic organisms cause nail fungal infections. Most commonly, a group of fungi called dermatophytes is responsible for nail infections. However, some yeasts and moulds also cause these infections. Pathogens that cause nail fungus infection usually enter the skin through tiny cuts or small separations between the nail and nail bed. The fungi grow when the nail provides a suitably warm and moist environment, as is often the case inside shoes.
How can I be sure I have fungal infection?
We suggest an initial 30-minute consultation. If the diagnosis is not conclusive on inspection, we provide a service where we take toenail clippings of possible infected nails, which are then sent to a laboratory to have a culture grown in order to diagnose if fungal spores are present. Nail fungus is the actual cause of the problem in only about 50% of cases we see, so we will advise you accordingly. We will not suggest laser treatment if it isn't suitable for your condition.
Why treat my fungal infection?
In minor or mild cases of fungal infection, people will often turn a blind eye. This can be a mistake as treated quickly there is a much higher success rate and less chance of infection spreading to other nails.
Is the laser treatment painful?
The laser light beam does not harm the nail or surrounding skin and with the Lunula cold laser is completely painless.
How effective is the treatment?
An Erchonia clinical study in the United States concluded that the Erchonia Lunula Laser is an effective tool for increasing clear nail in toenails infected with onychomycosis, significantly increasing mm of clear nail over a 6 month period following completion of the 4-week procedure administration phase.
Who manufactures the Lunula Laser?
The Lunula Laser is made by Erchonia, which is based the USA. Erchonia is the global leader in low-level laser healthcare applications. Over the last 15 years Erchonia has been conducting research and development with the world’s leading physicians to advance the science of low-level lasers. Prior to market introduction, all Erchonia lasers are proven safe and effective through independent clinical trials. Currently, thousands of Erchonia’s lasers are used daily to reduce body fat, eliminate pain, accelerate healing, and treat acne. For additional information, visit www.erchonia.com.
What is your cancellation policy?
If you are unable to attend your appointment, please let us know at least 24 hours in advance so we can allocate that time to another patient. If you do not notify us, a charge will be made.
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