Do you have discolored thick toenails? Are you embarrassed to show your nails in public? If so, then Weiss Foot and Ankle Center can help. Patients can get rid of their discolored, cracked fungal toenails also known as Onychomycosis with the latest laser treatment. Before the laser treatment option, the only products available to combat this condition were strong medications that can cause liver damage and liquids and creams that are time consuming to apply and provide less than desirable results. Lasers are used daily for cosmetic procedures and utilize safe light energy for state-of-the-art toe nail fungus treatment.

Weiss Foot and Ankle Center uses stateof-the-art laser treatment to help patients obtain clear nails. All treatments are performed by Dr. David Weiss who is trained in laser technology. Two 20-minute treatments are all that are usually necessary for clear nails, according to Weiss. Patients are encouraged to visit the office for a free consultation and evaluation. If qualified for the procedure, a new appointment will be made. At this follow-up appointment, the patient will be seen and his nails will be cleaned and filed by Weiss. Following debridement, the laser treatment will be performed. The procedure lasts approximately 20 minutes to treat both feet. As each toe is treated by the laser, patients will feel a mild warming sensation. There is usually no discomfort after the procedure, Weiss said. Shoes and nail polish can be worn immediately after treatment. Weiss will provide home care after the treatment to avoid re-infection with fungus. After the procedure, the new nail will grow in healthy and clear over a three- to nine-month period.

Weiss said he is proud to add laser nail care to his practice. “It was a natural practice enhancement. My wife has been providing quality laser care to the Hammonton area for three years at Dermalogic Laser Center. We wanted to treat patients from head to toe with the laser, and adding nail treatment was the best way to do that. Dermalogic provides laser vein treatments, skin tightening, and hair removal with success as well as other applications,” Weiss said. According to Weiss, patients who choose the laser treatment option will not require anesthesia or painkillers. “Patients do relate to warmth to the nails which subsides. The laser light passes through the toe- nail without damaging the sur- rounding skin,” Weiss said. Weiss is optimistic about the effectiveness of the treatment. “The potential efficacy is as high as 87 percent with this wavelength. After the procedure, the new nail will grow in healthy and clear over a three- to nine- month period. Topical treat- ments have very low efficacy due to poor compliance and ineffec- tiveness of the medications. Lamisil has shown to be effective on mycotic nails, but liver toxici- ty is a side effect of the medica- tion,” Weiss said. To make an appointment or for more information, call Weiss Foot and Ankle Center at 561- 2488 or go to weissfootandan- kle.com.