LONDON, July 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
The UK's first 'Cold Laser' therapy for nail fungus has been launched this week by the London Nail Laser Clinic on Harley Street, London.
Fungal nail infections, which damage nails and can be painful if left untreated, can be caught by anyone regardless of age or gender and affects one in ten people in the UK.
Once caught, it is extremely persistent and has until now been difficult to treat even with prescribed medicines.
The new Lunula Laser treatment can offer patients relief from the embarrassment of nail fungus in as little as three months.
Martine Abrahams, Podiatrist and Director at the London Nail Laser Clinic, said: "Although a nail infection isn't life threatening, having one can really effect a person's quality of life.
"When nails are affected by fungus, they may thicken and are often noticeably unsightly.
"Some of our patients won't go swimming for fear of being stared at, while others who long to go for a pedicure, wear flip flops or go barefoot on the beach, can't because they feel too embarrassed.
"Likewise, people worry what their partners might think of their afflicted feet, particularly if they are entering a new relationship.
"A nail infection can really lower a person's self esteem to rock bottom.
"The new Lunula Laser is going to improve the quality of life of so many people, so we are really excited to have been able to launch it at the London Nail Laser Clinic.
"We take great pride and gain huge personal satisfaction from relieving our patients of the social burdens of having nail fungus."
Completely safe and pain free, the London nail Laser Clinic's Lunula Laser treats nail fungus in two 30 minute treatments, without the risks and harmful side effects of oral medication, or the pain and recovery time associated with other laser treatments.
Using Low Level Laser Technology (LLLT) the Lunula Laser combines two lasers of different wavelengths.
One laser set at a wavelength of 405 nm targets fungal activity, while another set at 635 nm stimulates a natural response from the patient's own immune system.
Unlike older hot laser treatments, the cold temperature of the Lunula Laser means there is no discomfort during the treatment.
It is usual for patients to see some change in nail appearance within three months of being treated with the new cold laser; in a recent study of 105 toenails, 62 percent of toenails treated achieved at least a 25 percent increase in clear nail growth after 3 months.
Lunula Laser treatment is available now at the London Nail Laser Clinics in Harley Street, London, and Radlett, Hertfordshire.
Lunula Laser treatment costs £600, which includes three appointments. The treatment is available on a hire purchase scheme - terms and conditions apply.
For further information about the London Nail Laser Clinic please visit http://www.thelondonnaillaserclinic.co.uk or call +44(0)20-3372-4018.
ISSUED BY THE LONDON NAIL LASER CLINIC.
Notes for editors:
- The London Nail Laser Clinic was formed by Martine and Michael Abrahams, podiatrists with more than 24 years' combined experience. They completed a Bachelor of Science honours degree in podiatry at the Birmingham School of Podiatry . They are members of the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists and are registered with the Health Professions Council.
- The London Nail Laser Clinic company have clinics in Harley Street and Radlett.
- Additional satellite clinics are held two to three times a month at The Westover Notting Hill, and once a month at Bromsgrove (near Birmingham).
- Fungal nail infections (onychomycosis) are very common - affecting up to one in ten of the UK population.
- It affects men more than women and is more common with age.
- Hot, sweaty feet in all-day shoes provide the ideal warm, damp environment for fungi to thrive.
- Contaminated floors in gyms and swimming pools and unhygienic nail cutting equipment can also expose your feet to the fungus.
- Nail biting, smoking, poor foot hygiene, trauma from running, ill-fitting footwear, and medical conditions like diabetes or psoriasis increase the risk of infection.
SOURCE London Nail Laser Clinic