Many people develop a fungal nail infection at some point in their life. It's not usually serious, but can be unpleasant and difficult to get rid of.
The fungus usually colonises a nail following an injury or manicure, but can arise without any obvious cause. Over time the nail becomes more acutely affected as the entire thickness of the nail becomes colonised. The infection usually jumps to other nails over time and can often be passed to other family members. The nail becomes discoloured, thickened and distorted. Toenails are more frequently affected than the fingernails. The medical name for a fungal nail infection is onychomycosis.
Treatments include, topical nail paints, powerful systemic medications and laser treatment. Topical treatments are unable to penetrate through the thickness of the nail from the outside, and systemic medications find it hard to pentrate into the nail from the inside.
Highland Tattoo Removal has a high-tech laser system with a proprietary Photo-Thermal mode which is ideally suited to treating this condition. The laser heats the fungus and its spores within the nail itself, destroying them. Minimal discomfort is felt during this procedure.
Fingers & Toes
If any single toe nail is affected, I treat all 10 toes. Similarly, if any fingernail is affected I treat all 10 fingers. This is essential for erradication of the fungal infection. The therapy is fairly intensive with each nail being scanned by the laser 8 times in each treatment but is very well tolerated, some people fall asleep!
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
There is an 80% succes rate with this treatment.
80% success rate
Pain free procedure
Treatment from £75
Proprietary Photo-Thermal mode for this treatment - not all lasers are the same!
I now reccomend a course of 5 treatments for all cases
Each treatment should be 1 week apart to a maximum of 2 weeks apart
Frequently Asked Questions
What happens at my consultation?
I have a look at your nails to confirm diagnosis. Many people feel embarrassed by their nails, don't be. This is why you've come to see me, and I'm here to help. The procedure is very simple and is described in detail. We also have some paperwork to fill in.
Will it hurt?
No. I treat your nails as aggressively as I can within your tolerance. A definite warming feeling is felt, if this becomes uncomfortably hot I adjust the treatment parameters, or take it a little slower.
How do my nails look after treatment?
Not much different at first! Over time they will become less discoloured and generally healthier. I will take pictures of your nails before each treatment so that you can see these changes over time.
Are there any side effects?
This procedure is extremely safe. Your nails may soften a little during your course of treatment, and you may experience some dry skin around the treated nails, but this is fairly minimal. Some people have colour changes to their nails or slight malformation of the nail profile, but these disappear once the nail grows out.
How many treatments will be necessary?
I now recommend a course of 5 treatments in all cases to give you the best chance possible of erradicating the infection
What do I do when I get there?
Detailed directions to the Birchwood clinic can be found on the Find Me page.
Please park at the front of Birchwood House in the designated customer parking area. If there is another car there already, then please park in front of the Highland Tattoo Removal car further up the drive taking care not to obstruct access for my lovely new neighbours.
The clinic entrance is round to the left hand side of the house near the wooden fence.
I do not have a waiting room facility, so if you’re early or in the rare instance that I have an appointment over running, you may have to wait in your car.
If the blinds are closed in my clinic room, I am probably lasering someone else!
Can I bring someone with me?
Yes! Customers tend to be much more relaxed if they bring a friend and this is recommended. For safety reasons, children can not be in the clinic during laser treatment under any circumstances.
How do I pay for my treatment?
You pay for each treatment on the day. Alternatively pay for your entire course of treatment in one go and receive a free aftercare kit worth £50. We accept Apple Pay and all sorts of plastic except American Express. Cash payment is also fine.
How long will it take to get rid of my fungal nail infection and how much will it cost?
A course of 5 treatments over 5-10 weeks will be charged at £75 per time. Pay for your course of treatment in advance and receive a free aftercare package worth over £50
Do I have to have a Patch Test?
No, we can go straight into your treatment following your consultation
Fungal Nail Treatment
Prices Per Treatment Session
What do I do after treatment?
Thorough and attentive after care is CRUCIAL to the success of this treatment, otherwise you will immediately reinfect yourself from your environment. Please follow this regimen throughout the duration of your course of treatment and two weeks following:
1. Wash feet with Hibiscrub (available from Highland Tattoo Removal) twice per day and dry well between toes
2. Apply a topical anti-fungal product to feet and nails twice a day, morning and night after washing feet
3. Apply an anti-fungal shoe product to your shoes each morning and if possible throw old shoes and slippers away
4. Keep nails as short as possible and always clip before coming for treatment
5. Disinfect nail clippers or scissors after use and soak in bleach solution
6. Always wear clean socks daily and wear clean socks at night to prevent reinfection from bed clothes.
7. Change bedding frequently
8. Where possible, wear open toe sandals without socks whilst treatment continues. If you must wear enclosed shoes, always wear clean socks
9. Wear flip flops or similar when showering or in public bathing areas
10. Do not share towels with anyone
11. Disinfect shower / bathroom floor with bleach solution
12. Wash bedding, socks, tights, towels etc on a 60°C wash
13. Do not use nail polish, this just gives the infection somewhere to hide
14. If fingers are infected, do not wear gloves and disinfect steering wheels, gear levers, door handles etc. regularly
What do I do before my treatment?
1. Clip nails short as you dare. There should be no overhang on the nail for the infection to hide under (Clip the most affected nails last)
2. If the nail is very thick and raised please file it down as flat as you comfortably can to remove as much infected material as possible using a new disposable nail file
3. Ensure your nails are completely free of nail varnish
4. Do not put any products, creams or moisturisers on your toes and/or fingers on the day of treatment
5. Please do not use fake tan on these areas for at least a week before treatment
6. Bring a spare pair of clean socks to wear after your treatment (New or washed at 60°C)
7. Consider treating yourself to a new pair of shoes to wear afterwards too, especially if they're looking tired
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