Cutera GenesisPlus Laser
The GenesisPlus laser system is a new system designed to treat toenail fungus in such a way that it does not affect the surrounding skin or nail in any way. With a trained physician targeting the fungus, the GenesisPlus laser is immediately effective.
Tiny pulses of light pass through the toenail with no adverse effects, and starts treating the fungus. The treatment is fast and effective. It is usually spread over a couple of visits, with the procedure usually taking no more than 30 minutes to complete. No pain medication is needed and patients can return to every day activities immediately.
Along with toenail fungus, the GenesisPlus system can be used to treat warts and scars. It has proven to be very effective in long term treatment with patients.
- Wavelength 1064 nm Pulse Width 0.1 – 1 ms (repetitive)
- 6 – 20 ms (single pulse)
- Fluence 5 – 40 J/cm2 (repetitive)
- 140 – 210 J/cm2 (single pulse) Repetition Rate Single pulse or up to 20 Hz
- Spot Size 1.5, 5 mm Aiming Beam 650 nm diode
The patented, specially designed laser beam that goes through the nail and safely reduces the infection in the nail bed that cause Onychomycosis—more commonly known as nail fungus.
The procedure requires one or a small number of safe, quick treatments with little or no discomfort and is performed as an outpatient service with no anesthesia. The gentle laser light beam has no effect on healthy tissue and treats only the infected area. No drugs or topical ointments are used, eliminating the total-body side effects of traditional oral medications.
Clinical studies show that Laser Procedure kills the fungus and promotes clear nail growth with a single treatment in more than 88% of cases. The procedure is safe, effective and most patients improve after their first treatment.
The Symptoms of Onychomycosis and Foot Fungus
Onychomycosis is the medical term for nail fungus infection. It is the most common nail disorder and makes up nearly 50% of all toenail problems. This condition affects both toenails and fingernails, however toenail infections are far more common. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, onychomycosis affects 12% of all Americans. Onychomycosis is caused by a group of fungi called dermatophytes, and is also known as tinea unguium or tinea of the nails. The symptoms of toenail fungus are the nail plate having a thickened, yellow, or cloudy appearance. The toenails may become rough, ragged, brittle and possibly crumble, or separate from the nail bed, clinically known as onycholysis. When the infection is severe, nails can be distorted in shape or display a dark color caused by build up of debris under the nail. However, unless the disease is particularly severe, pain is usually not a symptom of toenail fungus, and the symptoms are more usually visual or smell oriented. Toenail fungus infections often follow fungal infection of your feet. Toe fungus with tiny white or yellow spots under the tip of your nails are often first signs of nail fungus. If a nail fungus is left untreated, it can persist indefinitely. See your doctor at the first sign of nail fungus.
Fungal skin infections of your feet is more commonly referred to as Athlete’s foot. In medical terms, it is tinea pedis. Athletes’s foot is contagious and can be passed on in direct contact in showers or locker rooms, areas of prolong period of dampness where fungi tend to thrive. The most common symptom is cracked, flaky, peeling skin around the foot or between the toes, with or without associated itchiness and redness. Other symptoms may also include burning, blistering, oozing, or crusting. Treatment of associated skin fungus is often a preventive measure to avert future nail fungus reinfections.