The CoolTouch CT3 laser is currently FDA cleared to treat acne scars, fine lines and wrinkles. The CoolBreeze mode is an exciting adaptation of the CoolTouch CT3 laser that has been shown to effectively treat toenail fungus in clinical trials (FDA clearance is pending). Invisible infrared light beams are used to safely treat fungal nails with no adverse side effects.
The Cool Breeze CT3 Laser kills the fungus that lives in and under the toenail by use of 1320nm infrared light. The laser light passes throught the toenail without causing damage to the nail or the surrounding skin. The Cool Touch Laser uses temperature monitoring to ensure safe treatment of the nail with minimal to no discomfort. Effectiveness of the laser is about 80%.
At the time of the procedure, the toenail will not become instanly clear. It will take time for the previously infected nail(s) to grow out and the new nail to form. This can take 6 to 12 months depending on the rate of growth of the toenail. The average toenail grows 1-2mm monthly. Often times you will see early clearing of the nail as it regrows (as soon as 8 weeks).
A three treatment regimen is recommended to effectively treat the nails.
There is no specific preparation for the procedure other than the removal of any nail polish or nail decorations the day of or the day before. On the day of the procedure Dr. DeHeer may file down the nails with a mechanical burr to reduce thickness of the infected nail and to remove any loose nail debris caused by the fungus.
Fungus is an infectious organism. Dr. DeHeer will recommend precautions and treatments to help avoid reinfection. We strongly recommend continued topical treatment and anti-fungal shoe spray to help minimize reinfection. With any nail treatment, including oral medications there is a chance of reinfection because fungus is present throughout the environment.
First off it is very important to understand the meaning of “FDA clearance.” FDA Clearance has NO bearing on the devices safety or effectiveness (see FDA details here). There are currently NO FDA Approved Laser devices specifically for toenail fungus. The CT3PLUS is FDA cleared to market for dermatological general surgery, hemostasis, ablation, wrinkle reduction, mild to moderate acne vulgaris & acne scarring. Currently it is under clinical investigation for onychomycosis (nail fungus).
This is a non-covered treatment service by insurance. The cost is determined by the number of nails that are infected, but starts at a very affordable $600, which includes the total treatment protocol. The cost of the procedure may be applied towards a Flexible Spending Account or Health Savings account as a medical expense. We also accept and offer Care Credit with the option for no interest financing.