WHO IS PRESTON PODIATRY AND WHAT DO WE DO?
Preston Podiatry is a specialty clinic that provides the most effective nail care diagnosis and treatment through the latest and research-based technology, like our advanced nail laser treatment. Our highly trained and experienced Podiatrists will give you the best treatment plan after a full assessment. More than just giving your nails a cursory glance, we take time to examine their overall condition to find out the seriousness of the infection or any problem there is. We will discuss with you all our available treatment plans and help you choose the most appropriate one. Our treatments will not only improve your nail’s problem but also its overall appearance.
WHAT IS A LASER TREATMENT AND WHAT IS SO SPECIAL ABOUT IT?
The laser treatment is an innovation in toenail fungus treatment. In Preston Podiatry, we use the Lunula Cold Laser treatment. It is a pain-free cold laser treatment that is proven safe and has no side effects. The laser is externally applied and requires no anesthesia. There is no requirement for any kind of medication as well as applying paint to your nails. The Lunula laser treatment uses two low-powered lasers to treat the infections within the nails, nail bed and surrounding skin.
HOW DOES IT COMPARE TO THERMAL LASERS?
Although thermal or hot lasers are widely used in other podiatry clinics, they prove to be less effective compared to Lunula cold laser treatment. Especially, against infections deep within the nail and nails that are very thick.
WHO CARRIES OUT THE TREATMENT?
Mr. Adam Preston and Mr. Chris Gilomen will carry out the treatment including the preliminary diagnosis where your nails will be photographed and prepared. They will also explain the benefits of cold laser treatment and will give you self-management tips in taking care of your nails.
Mr. Preston and Mr. Gilomen are Bachelor of Science degree holders and are members of The Australian Podiatry Association. They have an Australian AHPRA registration and a Class 4 Laser License with the Radiological Council of Western Australia.
IS THE TREATMENT COVERED BY HEALTH INSURANCE?
Kindly ask your insurance provider because health insurance policies vary from different companies. At the time of treatment, you are required to pay in full. We usually recommend four treatments to our clients. To reimburse the payment from your private health fund, kindly take note of these Item Numbers:
- F004 – Initial Consultation $95.00
- F476 – Laser Treatment $189.00 (4 sessions recommended)
WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF INFECTION FROM TOENAIL FUNGUS?
Nails that are discoloured, thickened, damaged, and crumbly are clear signs of fungal infection. The presence of athlete’s foot is often associated to toenail fungus too. To be sure, visit your GP to detect if your nails are infected. For an accurate diagnosis, nail clippings can be taken from you to be cultured. Your social and sports activities together with your medical history, will all be considered as well.
IS IT POSSIBLE FOR NAIL INFECTION TO RETURN?
Yes. Nails or feet that are exposed to fungi can be infected again. At Preston Podiatry, we also consider the post-treatment condition of our clients. We will give post-treatment management tips on how to free yourself from possible return of fungal infection. We advise patients to maintain proper hygiene and to always wear enclosed footwear in wet areas. We also offer a line of products that can be used to prevent the infection from coming back.
WILL THE TREATMENT HURT?
The Lunula Cold Laser Treatment is 100% pain-free. There is no need for anesthesia during the treatment.
WILL THERE BE A RECOVERY PERIOD?
There is no recovery period after the treatment. You can immediately go back to your normal everyday activities.
WHAT IS THE SUCCESS RATE OF THE TREATMENT?
Treatments of toenail fungus in our clinic have shown similar success with clinical studies, which is 97% improvement rate after 4 treatments with the Lunula Cold Laser.
CAN THE TREATMENT BE APPLIED TO FINGERNAILS AS WELL?
Yes, the Lunula Cold Laser Treatment can be done on fingernails with fungal infection with similar results.
WHY DO ALL TOENAILS NEED TREATMENT?
In order to prevent reinfection, all fungus should be removed from your foot. Remember that once your foot is diagnosed with infection, fungus will be present on all nails even if some are not readily observable. Fungi in general breeds in dark, moist, and humid places just like inside your shoes. All of your toenails can be easily infected.
WHAT IF ONLY ONE TOENAIL IS AFFECTED?
The podiatrist will explain to you that in order to prevent the fungi from spreading, treatment should be done on all of your nails. This is a guideline so that the Lunula Cold Laser treatment will be more effective and reinfection will be prevented. There are only selected cases wherein we treat just one toenail.
HOW LONG IS THE CONSULTATION?
Consultation takes around 30-45 minutes and if required, treatment will be done right afterward.
WHEN WILL I START WITH THE TREATMENT?
You are not required to undergo the treatment unless our Podiatrist finds it beneficial for you. In such case, you have the option to do the treatment immediately after the consultation or have it on another scheduled appointment.
INFORMATION SHEET FOR LUNULA LOW-LEVEL COLD LASER TREATMENT
The Lunula Cold Laser is a 100% pain-free laser that is safe and has no side effects. This laser system is computer controlled to rotate evenly using the combination of two low-powered lasers on the nails, nailbeds, and surrounding skin. A blue laser beam acts directly upon the fungal cells to weaken them, and a red laser beam affects the body’s natural immune system to strengthen it. Four treatments (each only 12-minutes long) are recommended on a one treatment per week basis though this may still vary depending on how serious the infection is. Research shows that an average of 97% improvement rate on 500 toenails is produced when Lunula Cold Laser Treatment is applied 4 times or more.
- CONSULTATION FEE AT 1ST VISIT (Item No. F004) – $95.00
- LASER TREATMENT FEE (Item No. F476) – $189.00/TREATMENT
- RECOMMENDED TREATMENTS – MINIMUM OF 4
NOTE: Kindly check with your Private Health Fund or Medicare if this is covered by your policy.
No nail polish should be worn
Please bring along a clean pair of socks to wear following the treatment. We will sterilise one pair of shoes at consultation, other pairs can be sterilised in our machine at a cost of $10 per pair. Please bring these along with you.
Have More Questions?
Read more about the Lunula Cold Laser for fungal nail treatment, or contact our clinic to speak with our team for more information or to arrange a consultation at our West Perth or Currambine clinics.