Edward Bustamante, DPM, FACFAS
Foot & Ankle Surgeon & Podiatrist located in Miami, FL
The world of laser technology is fast opening up new possibilities in resolving hard-to-treat issues without resorting to invasive measures. At Edward Bustamante, DPM, LLC, Dr. Bustamante is equipped with the cutting-edge Aerolase® laser system, allowing him to help his Miami patients gain the upper hand on stubborn issues like toenail fungus, warts, and unwanted body hair. To learn more about what Aerolase can do for you, call the office or use the online scheduler.
AEROLASE System Q & A
How does Aerolase get rid of toe fungus?
Toenail fungus, which is medically known as onychomycosis, affects over 25 million people in the United States and can be an extremely tough condition to get rid of once it takes hold. The fungal infection works its way into your toenail, eventually getting underneath, creating nails that are:
- Yellow or brown
- Separated from the nail bed
- Brittle or crumbly
While the fungus isn’t necessarily dangerous, it can spread to your other nails and also be especially problematic for people with pre-existing conditions, especially diabetes. Not to mention, the condition leaves your toenails less than good-looking, often forcing you to hide them under closed shoes.
Using Aerolase, Dr. Bustamante directs pulses of light energy into the area, which are absorbed as heat by the pigment in the fungi, essentially killing off the infection while leaving your surrounding tissue unharmed.
Can Aerolase address warts?
Yes. Using a specific wavelength of laser light energy, Dr. Bustamante can clear up your warts by destroying the root vasculature below the surface, leaving you with skin that’s free from scarring, and better still, warts.
This technology is effective against uncomfortable warts, called plantar warts, that develop on your feet. The treatments take mere minutes, and Dr. Bustamante performs them in his office. Because Aerolase is noninvasive, you’re free to get on with your day directly afterward.
When will I see results from Aerolase procedures?
If you’re having toenail fungus treated by Dr. Bustamante, the laser energy works to kill off the fungus. But to see full recovery, you have to wait until a healthy new toenail grows out, so you should expect to see results within 4-6 weeks.
For warts, the results are far faster, as the laser energy cuts off the supply of blood to the growth. In most cases, your warts usually disappear on their own within a week or two. If they reappear, you simply come back in for another quick treatment to keep your warts in check.
If you’d like to learn more about Aerolase, call Edward Bustamante, DPM, LLC, or request an appointment using the online scheduler.