HOW DOES THE LUNULA LOW LEVEL LASER WORK?

Low level laser therapy is used to stimulate healing.

The lunula uses 2 different diodes, the violet 405nm anti-microbial beam and the red 635nm healing beam, working together leading to tissue rejuvenation, so nails that may be suffering from damage caused by a wide variety of factors and irrespective of cause, nails and surrounding skin responds well to the effects of the Lunula.

WHAT IS LUNULA LASER USED FOR?

  • Fungal nail infections
  • To manage psoriatic nails
  • Damaged nails - from trauma, wearing gel nails, harsh nail polishes
  • Slow growing nails
  • Tinea Pedis (athletes foot)
  • Wound healing
  • Lichen Planus
  • Improving circulation
  • Lichen Planes (inflammatory skin/nail condition, believed to be a possible autoimmune disease)
  • Nail rejuvenation

AM I ELIGIBLE FOR LUNULA LASER TREATMENT?

The Lunula Laser has no reported side-effects, however not recommended for the following conditions.

  • Active cancer anywhere in the body or past cancer of the foot.
  • Undergoing Chemotherapy.
  • Compromised Immune system.
  • Sunburn to the area being treated.
  • Prescribed/taking photo-sensitising medication.
  • Pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Prescribed/taking anticoagulants and have bleeding to the area been treated, for example after nail cutting.

DOES THE TREATMENT HURT?

The Lunula laser is a cold laser therapy, providing a non-invasive, painless, safe, yet highly effective treatment solution for fungal toenails.

WHAT WILL THE NAILS LOOK LIKE AFTER THEY HAVE BEEN TREATED WITH LUNULA AND HOW QUICKLY WILL IT WORK?

Whilst healing may occur from the start of your first treatment, there may be no noticeable difference in the appearance of the nail plate until several months post treatment. Not all changes can be seen, some textural changes may be felt by the podiatrist when debriding and trimming the nails, some changes may be related to the smell to the area as any microbes or bacteria present are eradicated, some changes may be related to discomfort or pain felt when wearing shoes or walking, these are all as important as visual signs.

Nails may grow slightly faster after treatment but growth will slow down after approximately 6 weeks. Nails grow slower in cold weather.

Nail plate is dead tissue - the growth of the nail, and its appearance, is dependant upon the health of the nail matrix and nail bed.

Healing does not always occur in a linear fashion. There will likely be improvement and regression alternating over a period of several months.

HOW MANY LUNULA TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?

Treatment will start with x 4 twelve minute treatments, carried out at weekly intervals.

1st appointment - first laser treatment (plus consultation, photos, preparation to the nails, and advice)

2nd appointment - second laser treatment

3rd appointment - third laser treatment

4th appointment - fourth laser treatment. (plus consultation, photos, nail tidy, photos)

We will arrange to review progress between one and three months later in clinic or by photo. If attending a review appointment, photos will be taken, nails thinned if necessary, monthly extra Lunula sessions can be continued if there are still signs of damage.

WILL THE LUNULA LASER BE A PERMANENT CURE FOR MY DAMAGED NAIL?

The Lunula is not a miracle cure!

The lunula is an adjunct treatment to clinical and professional skills. Nail plates can be damaged at any time by trauma, normal walking, incorrectly fitting shoes, etc….

There are fungal spores in the environment, it is impossible to eliminate these, so reducing the risk of damage to the nail and its surrounding tissues is as important as taking measures to ensure good hygiene and cleanliness of all that come into contact with the area.

Professional nail care appointments may be necessary to keep nail growth under control and to prevent further damage to nails.

When carrying out a review appointment the nails may not have improved as much as you expected them to. They may have even regressed a little. This is quite a normal part of the healing process. Nails usually take at least a year to grow out fully. In severe cases they may take over 2 - 3 years. PATIENCE IS NEEDED!

NOT GETTING THE RESULTS YOU EXPECT?

  • Here are some common reasons why nails may be slow to respond:
  • General health is poor.
  • Stressful life.
  • The nails are being repeatedly traumatised, either by ill fitting footwear or lifestyle, e.g. playing certain sports, occupations, regularly wearing of nail polish, acrylic/gel nails
  • The nails are not being cared for regularly enough.
  • Nails are too dry.

HOW MUCH DOES LUNULA TREATMENT COST?

  • Initial Consultation FREE
  • One finger/toenail x 4 Lunula Laser £50 per treatment (total £200)
  • One hand/foot x 4 Lunula Laser £70 per treatment (total £280)
  • Both hand/foot x 4 Lunula Laser £90 per treatment (total £360)
  • Pod Hygiene & Prevention Pack £35.00
  • Follow-up routine nail care ( inclusive of photo update, nail trim, nail filing, nail debridement with the podispray drill, aftercare advice.) from £40.00
  • Booster one finger/toenail Lunula Laser Treatment £50
  • Booster one hand/foot Lunula Laser Treatment £70
  • Booster both hands/feet Lunula Laser Treatment £90
  • Skinglo Collagen Drink £95 (4 week supply) - optional

WHAT IS A THICKENED NAIL?

Thickened toenails come through the clinic door everyday! We see people of all ages with this problem and there are lots of different causes. Most people find them unsightly and painful, so your podiatrist will do what she can to reduce the thickness of the nails and make them more comfortable & aesthetically pleasing.

DOES THE TREATMENT HURT?

Not at all! Your podiatrist will useful specialist nail drills to painlessly reduce the thickness of the affected nails within minutes.

WHAT WILL MY NAILS LOOK LIKE AFTER THE TREATMENT?

The thickness of your nails will be drastically reduced, often painlessly removing any loose,discoloured nail and debris build up, improving the overall appearance of the nails and leaving your feet feeling much more comfortable in your footwear.

WILL THIS TREATMENT BE A PERMANENT CURE TO MY DAMAGED NAILS?

No, unfortunately not, once a nail has been damaged through trauma it will always require regular palliative care, although regular treatment will stop the nail from being allowed to thicken up to where it was prior to your first treatment. A permanent cure for a thickened nail is rare, unless a bacterial or fungal infection was the initial cause.

HOW OFTEN WILL I NEED TO ATTEND FOR PALLIATIVE TREATMENT?

This will vary slightly depending on the severity of the damage and thickness of the affected nails, but usually repeat treatment will be required every 8 - 12 weeks.

HOW MUCH DOES THE TREATMENT COST?

Treatment start from £45, depending on how many nails are thickened and the severity of damage, once the thickness has been reduced some patients will then choose to have the nails corrected with our nail reconstruction service, which involves building a prosthetic, breathable gel nail over the damaged nails. Your podiatrist will assess the nails and advise whether this procedure is suitable for your particular condition.

WHAT IS TOENAIL RECOSTRUCTION?

Toenail reconstruction is a technique used by qualified podiatrists to rebuild fungal, broken, damaged nails by the application of a flexible resin, which grows with the natural nail. Restores the toenail partially or completely, therefore providing an attractive cosmetic result.

WHO COULD BENEFIT FROM TOENAIL RECONSTRUCTION?

Basically this treatment can be applied to anyone, with any nail condition

  • Fungal Infected Toenails - will instantaneously improve the look of the nail and will keep the infection at bay, we can also supply you with a special antifungal solution to apply onto the newly created nail, to treat the underlying infection.
  • Traumatised Toenails - will instantaneously improve the look of the nails that have been damaged by being stubbed/bruised while playing a sport, wearing tight shoes, thickened due to age or simply being trodden on
  • Also patients suffering from the following conditions -
    • Thick & discoloured nails
    • Cracked nails & ridges
    • Psoriatic nails
    • Scaly nail surface
    • Replace nails partially lost during nail surgery

WHAT DOES TOENAIL RECONSTRUCTION INVOLVE?

The process of toenail reconstruction involves the application of numerous layers of a special gel to the nail bed or damaged nail, onto which UV light is focused in order to harden the gel. The gels come in a variety of neutral shades, the podiatrist will choose the shade that conceals any areas of damage or discolouration and best matches your natural nail colour and skin tone.

For best results there should be some natural nail or nail spurs left to work with, which allows the gel to adhere properly. Your natural nail will be prepared and then thin layers of the gel are applied, shaped and then cured.

The newly reconstructed nail can be treated like any other nail. It can be cut and filed and nail polish can be applied if required.

The gel used in toenail reconstruction is different to that used to create acrylic nails, it is an extremely elastic gel which adapts to the movement of the toe, the gel also contains Piroctone Olamine and colloidal micro silver.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF TOENAIL RECONSTRUCTION?

  • The newly created nail looks and feels like a natural nail
  • The new nail is flexible, so can move naturally as the toe moves
  • Improves confidence and boosts morale
  • The gel contains no harmful chemicals
  • The gel has anti fungal properties
  • The natural nail and nail bed remains undamaged
  • The new nail can be treated in exactly the same way as the natural nail
  • The reconstruction is suitable for diabetics

HOW LONG WILL THE NEWLY RECONSTRUCTED NAIL LAST AND WILL I NEED SUBSEQUENT APPOINTMENTS?

In theory, a reconstructed/overlay nail will grow out in about 10 months, however it is good practice to have it checked by your podiatrist every 6-8 weeks, as there may be a need to refill or replace, dependent on the condition of the nail and how the new nail is growing beneath.

HOW MUCH DOES TOENAIL RECONSTRUCTION COST?

  • Initial Consultation FREE
  • Nail preparation - from £40.00
  • Toenail reconstruction to the 1st toenail £25.00
  • Toenail reconstruction to both 1st toenails £50.00
  • Toenail reconstruction to each additional smaller toenail - £5.00

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