Cutera Laser Genesis™ is a laser used for the temporary increase of clear nail in patients with Onychomycosis, more commonly known as nail fungus. Onychomycosis is a common condition affecting an estimated 10% of the world’s population. Fungal nail infection causes fingernails or toenails to thicken, discolour, disfigure, and split. At first, onychomycosis appears to be only a cosmetic concern however, without treatment the toenails can become very thick, irritated, and painful.
During the procedure, Dr. Munk will pass the laser beam over the infected nails and surrounding skin. This will be repeated several times until enough energy has reached the nail bed. During the procedure, the patient will be comfortable, feeling only a gentle warmth on the nail and possibly a hot pinch that dissipates quickly. The majority of patients can resume normal activities immediately. While patients may notice an improvement after only one session, the number of sessions will vary depending on the severity of the infection. Combining laser treatment with topical therapy has been shown to be very effective in treating nail fungus, without the side effect profile of oral medications.