At least 35 million cases of toenail fungus are reported among Americans every year. That figure is about 10% of our country's total population, and that is not even counting the rest of the world.
This disease is chronic, progressive, and, if left untreated, can cause pain, infection, and (at best) social embarrassment. In diabetics, toenail fungus can even eventually lead to amputation.
Many have tried home remedies and over-the-counter treatments, but these methods frequently fail. Oral anti fungal treatments have to be taken for many months to be effective if at all, but carry the risk of harmful side effects including liver damage.
Now, Maine Laser Skin Care is proud to announce that there is a new, safe, and effectiv
e treatment for chronic nail dystrophy caused by nail fungus. Even better, this treatment does not require taking long term oral medication.
The PinPointe Foot Laser is considered the gold standard for laser therapy for nail fungus. Dr. Christopher Toth, joining our staff at both Augusta and Scarborough offices, is the only board-certified pediatric foot and ankle surgeon that performs PinPointe Foot Laser treatments in our tri-state area (i.e. Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont).
Unlike other locations that advertise toenail fungus laser treatment, Dr. Toth as a podiatrist performs a sterile medical nail debridement immediately at the beginning of each laser session which makes the nails look and feel better. The laser treatment takes about 30 minutes and is painless with a 88-95% success rate in eliminating nail fungus and yeast.
Two sessions are generally needed about 4 months apart to insure full resolution. More sessions can be offered at a reduced rate if needed.
Although toenail fungus, or onychomycosis as it is known medically, is considered a disease, laser nail treatments are not covered by any insurance provider in Maine. However, depending on your particular plan, health savings accounts may cover this expense as an out-of-pocket medical payment.
Although Dr. Toth has previously offered this treatment only at our Augusta office, we are excited to expand this technology to treat this difficult and unsightly disease to our Scarborough office. The PinPointe Foot Laser has worked well for our central and northern Maine patients, and Dr. Toth is happy to evaluate toenail fungus referrals now in southern Maine as well (not to mention to patients who visit our Scarborough location from out of state).
With undergraduate degrees from McGill University in Montreal, podiatry medical degree from Temple University in Philadelphia, and residencies at Cornell University Hospitals and Mount Sinai in New York City, Dr. Toth is extremely well qualified. He has also received advanced fellowship training in foot and ankle surgery in Atlanta, Georgia, and is one of the few doctors in the entire United States who has been certified by the International Aesthetic Foot Society.
Dr. Toth will continue to see patients in Augusta on the second Wednesday of every month, but will also now be available in Scarborough on the third Wednesday of every month. If you or anyone you know and love has a difficult-to-manage toenail fungus condition, Dr. Toth and Maine Laser Skin Care can offer the latest laser nail treatment technology with very high success rates with no pain or significant risk.
Even if it's not the second or third Wednesday of a given month, or that date has passed, you can still call either our Augusta office at (207) 873-2158 or our Scarborough office at (207) 303-0125 to schedule your next treatment with Dr. Toth. We can also schedule you for a free consultation to determine if our toenail fungus treatment is right for you and/or within your budget.