Our New York City Podiatrists offer State-Of-The Art Laser Therapy for Warts, Nail Fungus & Tattoo Removal
Warts are skin growths. They can appear anywhere on your feet, but most commonly grow on the soles (planter warts). Most warts are harmless and benign (non-cancerous), although they can be painful. If untreated, warts can grow to an inch or more in diameter and cover the entire sole of the foot.
WHAT CAUSES WARTS?
Warts are caused by a virus. Like all viruses, they are contagious and can be spread from one person to another, or from one part of the body to another. Children and teenagers tend to get warts more often than adults. Some people are immune and will never develop warts.
WHAT DO WARTS LOOK LIKE?
Planter warts are hard and flat, with a rough surface and well-defined boundaries. Most are gray or brown with black pinpoints in the center.
HOW CAN I TREAT A WART?
Warts sometimes may spontaneously disappear and later reappear in the same location. Treatment may include over-the-counter medications or a simple surgical procedure. If left untreated, warts can grow to an inch or more in diameter and can spread into clusters of several warts.
Warts can spread quickly. If you think you have one or more warts, schedule an appointment immediately to have them removed before they multiply.
Wart Treatment with Laser, Chemotherapy or Immunoboosters
Warts sometimes may spontaneously disappear and later reappear in the same location. If left untreated, warts can grow to an inch or more in diameter and can spread into clusters of several warts.
WART TREATMENT WITH CHEMOTHERAPY & IMMUNOBOOSTORS
Bleomycin, 5 Fluorouracil injectable, laser treatments, use of topical blister beetle and custom compounded, as well as curettage are some of the treatments available severe and long term of plantars’ warts. Successful treatment in immunosuppressed individuals can be achieved.
Contact our podiatry practice, Park Avenue Podiatry Center, for more information.
LASER FUNGAL TOENAILS
The treatment of toenail fungus has previously been very difficult due to the location of the fungus both underneath and inside of the nail. As many as 10% of Americans suffer from unsightly nails that prevent them from feeling comfortable with bare feet or toes in public. 60% of Americans over the age of 60 have this infection as well.
The doctors of Park Avenue Podiatry Center use the most POWERFUL, FDA APPROVED laser for the treatment of fungal toenails. Our laser, the Revolution by Astanza Q-switched Nd Yag laser, is thirty times more powerful and effective than previous lasers for the treatment of fungal finger and toenails.
Astanza Revolution has FDA approval for the treatment of onychomycosis (fungal nail infections) using its Q-switched Nd:YAG laser system. .
The treatment involves very little discomfort as the pulses of energy delivered from the laser penetrate through the nail plate and kill the fungus in the nail bed.
Laser treatment has proven itself to be the safest and most efficacious
90% rate of clinical improvement procedure for the treatment of fungal (onychomycotic) nails.
After treatment, a nail takes 10-12 months to grow a new, healthier nail. Our most effective protocol is treatment is three treatments per affected nail 6 weeks apart.
The cost of laser treatment is $175 per affected nail, with three treatments of the infected nails performed. For the best results, we prefer the patient to use the topical FORMULA 3 medication (available at the office for $45) daily for 6 months. In cases of extremely severe, indurated infections, the doctors may discuss the oral medications like Lamisil.
The nail treatment is painless, with only a warming sensation noted.
POST-LASER TREATMENT FOR NAILS:
Please treat your shoes with Lysol spray or purchase a Steri-Shoe Sterilizer which kills fungal spores with UV light.
Please also wash all your sheets, sneakers and socks after your laser treatment to prevent reinfection.
Another option for fungal nails is oral medication. Most commonly we use Lamisil tablets, with the basic treatment protocol being a preliminary blood test. Once the doctor has determined your blood test is normal, it is a three month protocol of one pill a day. We prefer to add the topical medication of FORMULA 3 to our treatment plans when we prescribe oral medication for mycotic nails. Schedule an appointment for a comprehensive evaluation today.
A fungal nail infection is more than just an embarrassing cosmetic problem – it may also cause health problems. Over time, the fungal infection may spread and damage your entire nail. Having damaged fingernails can reduce the sensitivity in your fingertips, making it harder to pick up small objects, such as coins, or to use the computer. Damaged, thick toenails can cause pain while wearing shoes and especially while standing, walking, working, or playing sports.
LEFT UNTREATED, FUNGAL NAIL INFECTIONS MAY:
spread to other nails
spread to and infect others (especially family members) via showers, tubs, even towels
potentially lead to other fungal and bacterial infections
play a role in worsening foot ulcers in people with diabetes
cause pain while wearing shoes, and while walking or standing
permanently deform the nail
FUNGUS LIVES DEEP IN THE NAIL BED AND NAIL PLATE
The most common type of fungal nail infection invades the nail from under the tip of the nail, cuticle, or the top of the nail. It spreads to the lower layers of the nail, the nail bed, and growth center.
STOP NAIL FUNGUS BEFORE IT GETS WORSE
If you think you have a fungal nail infection, schedule an appointment with our Podiatrists at Park Avenue Podiatry Center as soon as possible. Nail fungus is one infection that may not go away on its own. Starting your treatment as soon as you can may help you avoid serious damage to your nail and other health problems.
Aging, overuse of polish and other factors causes unsightly yellow nails without a fungal infection. Our Podiatrists safely treats this nail condition with the laser, clearing the nail back to its healthy pink/white color. This is a great treatment to get your feet ready for summer after a long winter in boots. If your boots have caused any fungal infection due to sweating, the laser will eradicate this as well. Contact Park Avenue Podiatry Center and get help today.
Ingrown toenails occur when a nail curves down at the sides and grows into the skin. This can be painful and invite infection. Ingrown toenails happen most often to the big toe. Symptoms: Redness, swelling and infection make the toe very painful.
WHAT CAUSES INGROWN TOENAILS?
Ingrown toenails are often caused by improper trimming. They can also be caused by crowding of toes or pressure in shoes, repeated trauma to the feet from normal activities, or heredity.
HOW CAN I PREVENT INGROWN TOENAILS?
It’s most important to trim nails carefully with clean, sharp toenail clippers. Avoid injuring the adjacent skin.
INGROWN TOENAIL SURGERY
A nail is ingrown when it curves down at the sides and grows into the skin. With a partial surgical matricectomy, a section of the toenail and the underlying nail matrix, cells that make the nail, are removed. This can be done through surgical excision, chemical or laser destruction. Book an appointment with Park Avenue Podiatry Center for a complete evaluation.
SURGICAL TREATMENTS FOR NAIL DISORDERS
If the problem is severe or chronic, surgery to remove all or a portion of the nail may be recommended. Most surgeries are performed very comfortably under local anesthesia, and require less than one hour to perform.
PARTIAL NAIL REMOVAL – For some cases of ingrown nails, only the portion of nail that is growing into the skin is removed. If both sides of the nail are ingrown, they may be removed during one procedure. After the affected portion of the nail is taken, the nail bed is removed along with any enlarged tissue adjacent to the nail plate. The nail root and matrix are then destroyed by phenol, surgical removal. Finally, the skin may be remodeled around the nail.
PERMANENT NAIL REMOVAL – Complete removal of the nail plate is a common remedy for fungal infections and ingrown nails. During this procedure, the nail plate is removed and the nail matrix is destroyed by one of two methods:
Phenol – An acidic chemical called phenol is applied only to the nail matrix. This destroys the growth cells of the nail
Surgical removal – The nail matrix and bed is cut away. Stitches are usually necessary.
HOW CAN I TREAT AN INGROWN TOENAIL?
Don’t attempt to remove any part of an infected nail and don’t use over-the-counter medications. Contact Healthy Feet NY, if nail continues to grow inward despite proper trimming.
BLOOD (HEMATOMA) BENEATH THE NAIL
A very common result of active lifestyles in blood, or a hematoma, beneath the toenail. Hematomas are especially common among people who jog or play tennis, caused by the toes repeatedly rubbing against the shoe. A hematoma might indicate a fractured bone, especially after an injury (such as dropping a heavy object on the end of the toe). The toe should be examined, and maybe x-rayed, to determine the most appropriate treatment.
Some treatment options include: drilling a tiny hole into the nail plate to release the blood and relieve the pain; the nail plate may be removed, so that the nail bed can be cleaned (sometimes this is preferred, because the blood can attract fungi and lead to infection). Nail plates that have been removed will grow again within three to six months.
Medical pedicures are not just pure indulgence – medical pedicures are a healthy path for self-care. A medical pedicure is good for overall health, increasing circulation to the feet, and stimulating the reflexology pressure points by working on the feet.
Our medical pedicures are performed by our foot surgeons and are safe for diabetics.
The medical pedicure starts with an Epsom Salt and Lavender soak.
We use separate STERILE liners for each client.
Once your feet are softened, all your thickened areas on your heels, midfoot, and toes are gently debrided with our sterile instruments.
As New York State Law states blades are prohibited in salons, our Podiatric Surgeons will use blades properly to debride your feet painlessly. Nails are debrided, ingrown toenails removed, cracking heels debrided and cleaned. Upon completion of the surgical portion of the pedicure, our doctors use gentle medical acid cream to scrub off the final old layers, leaving your feet in tip top shape, and leaving you feeling relaxed, with increased circulation to your feet. Fees for medical pedicures range from $175 to $250 depending on the condition of your feet. Even if you have not been to the podiatrist in years, we will help get you on your way to better foot health, and better overall comfort, contact us today!
FOOT TATTOO REMOVAL
Using the cutting edge PICOSURE™ laser, Dr. Youner of Park Avenue Podiatry Center performs full body laser treatments utilizing PICOSURE™ lasers from head to toe. Literally, as a board-certified foot surgeon, a member of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery and a certified Cosmetic Facial Injector, Dr. Johanna S. Youner is one of the few doctors skilled in the user of lasers for both tattoo removal and skin revitalization procedures.
WHEN IT COMES TO TATTOO REMOVAL, FEW LASERS WORK AS WELL AS THE PICOSURE™.
The short pulses of the PICOSURE™ are specially designed to destroy a broad range of tattoo inks and colors, while leaving the outer layer of skin completely undisturbed.
Depending upon the size, shape, and colors used in your specific tattoo, it will take a number of different sessions in order to be removed.
Discuss the removal process with Dr. Johanna S. Youner in your consultation.
The PICOSURE™ is the number one choice in laser tattoo removal!
Pricing begins at $200 per square inch.
HOW DOES THE PICOSURE™LASER REMOVE TATTOOS?
Using highly targeted energy, PICOSURE™ gently disrupts the particles responsible for a range of pigment conditions like tattoos, freckles, sunspots and other discoloration.
Unlike other lasers that remove tattoos, PICOSURE™ doesn’t rely on heat to burn away and destroy your skin to force the body to heal.
PICOSURE™ is designed to activate the body’s natural immune response while minimizing injury and discomfort.
It uses gentle pressure instead of dangerous, damaging heat there’s no need for a long, painful recovery. Contact us to start your tattoo removal today.
SIDE EFFECTS & DOWNTIME
PICOSURE™ allows patients to experience a high level of aesthetic enhancement without the need for any downtime, and few side effects.
PICOSURE™ is designed to activate the body’s natural immune response while minimizing injury and discomfort.
Most patients only experience a few hours of mild redness.
Contact us to start your tattoo removal today.