The PinPointe LaserThe PinPointe Laser was introduced in July 2008 after years of research and development. The PinPointe Laser is a major leap forward in medical technology to safely treat toenail fungus.
The laser uses a Nd:YAG crystal. The frequency of the laser is tuned to effect only those cells responsible for the nail infection.
The PinPointe Laser is a patented laser device that clinical studies have demonstrated significantly reduces toenail infection.
The FootLaser is a major leap forward in medical technology, providing the safest and most cost effective treatment of toenail fungus (onychomycosis).
This breakthrough procedure offers patients successful results with a single treatment, no down time and no oral medication.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The Laser kills fungus that lives in and under the nail. A laser passes through the nail without damaging it or the surrounding skin. Although the existing nail will not become clear immediately upon treatment, the new nail growth will appear normal, as the fungus will no longer be present.
HOW SUCCESSFUL IS THE TREATMENT?
Clinical studies which began in November 2007 have demonstrated a success rate of 88%. These studies also report no adverse effects or injuries associated with this treatment.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS ARE REQUIRED?
Typically, the patient requires one treatment only.
IS THE PROCEDURE PAINFUL?
Intermittently, patients may experience a sensation of heat or a pin prick. The level of discomfort is not so significant as to require local anesthetic.
IS THERE A RECOVERY PERIOD?
One of the advantages of this breakthrough procedure is that there is no down time. Patients walk in, walk out, and have no physical limitations following treatment.
HOW LONG DOES THE PROCEDURE TAKE?
The laser procedure usually takes approximately 30 minutes.
CAN THE FUNGUS GROW BACK?
The fungus is killed after one treatment; however, as this fungus is commonly found in one’s environment, the doctor will strongly recommend post-procedure care that will greatly reduce the possibility of reinfection.
CAN I USE NAIL POLISH AFTER THE PROCEDURE?
Polish can be applied 4 weeks following treatment. It is important to remove all polish and nail decoration the day prior to treatment.
IS THIS COVERED BY MY INSURANCE?
Insurance plans consider this procedure aesthetic/cosmetic and therefore do not provide coverage. If you have a Health Savings Account, Medical IRA or other Flexible Medical Spending Accounts, you can pay for the procedure with these funds. Otherwise, payment can be made with cash, credit, debit card or Credit Care.
HOW MUCH DOES THE PROCEDURE COST?
Contact the office nearest you for a full cost disclosure. The price is comparable to that of taking oral anti-fungal agents for 6 months along with liver function tests, which are indicated with these medications.