There are many types of cosmetic problems that can affect the feet, such as dry skin, ingrown toenails and, of course, a dreaded case of toenail fungus.

In our offices, Dr. Goldbaum uses laser therapy to treat fungal infections in toenails — also known as onychomycosis — in order to vastly improve the appearance of the nails in our patients. This painless and FDA-approved treatment does not harm the surrounding tissue of the toe and nail bed.

The laser works by penetrating the nail plate and destroying the fungus under the nail. During this process, the laser light is absorbed by pigment in the fungi, which causes the pigment to heat, and this heat kills or damages the fungal organism. The fungus is irradiated without any damage to the surrounding nail or skin, allowing your nail to grow normally.

Laser treatments are delivered in a short 20-30 minute session with additional treatments, if needed. Dr. Goldbaum insists that all his patients adhere to a strict treatment protocol that involves three separate sessions as well as the use of topical treatments in between visits to work in conjunction with the laser therapy.

Laser therapy has no known side effects and is considered a safer option than drug therapy.