The patented PinPointe FootLaser is a specially designed laser beam that goes through the toenail and safely kills the organisms embedded in the nail bed that cause Onychomycosis - more commonly known as toenail fungus.
The procedure requires two safe, quick treatments, with little or no discomfort and is performed as an outpatient service with no anesthesia. The gentle laser light beam has no effect on healthy tissue and treats only the infected area of the toe. No drugs or topical ointments are used, eliminating the total-body side effects of traditional oral medications.
Clinical studies show that PinPointe FootLaser kills toenail fungus and promotes clear nail growth in better than 88% of cases. The fungus is killed after the laser treatment, and typically nail care techniques are recommended to reduce a recurrence of the infection.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does it work?
The PinPointe FootLaser kills the fungus that lives in and under the toenail. The laser light passes through the toenail without causing damage to the nail or the surrounding skin. At the time of the procedure, the toenail will not become instantly clear - it takes time to grow out.
Is the procedure painful?
Most patients feel no pain. Some may feel a warming sensation and very few feel a pinprick.
Is there a recovery period?
No; just walk in and walk out.
How long does the procedure take?
The Footlaser procedure takes less than 30 minutes.
Will the fungus grow back?
The fungus is killed after the laser treatment, and typically nail care techniques are recommended to reduce a recurrence of the infection. There is a chance of reinfection because the fungus is present everywhere in the environment.
When can your patient paint their nails or have a pedicure?
They can apply polish immediately after the treatment. It is important that patients remove all nail polish and nail decorations the day before their treatment.
Can the procedure be covered by their insurance?
If they have a Health Savings Account or Medical IRA, 100% of cost can be covered. However, in most situations, this procedure is considered aesthetic, and therefore health insurance plans do not provide coverage.
How long has the PinPointe Laser been used?
Clinical studies began in November 2007 demonstrating over an 88% success rate.
Is it FDA cleared?
Yes, it is cleared by the FDA.
Who developed this laser procedure?
Leading scientists and medical professionals working together for 20 years with funding provided by the National Institutes of Health developed the technology in the patented PinPointe FootLaser.