By David Sabet, D.P.M.
The PinPointe FootLaser is a Patented Laser Device Developed to Kill Toenail Fungus
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 one or a small number of 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 with a single treatment in better than 88% of cases. PinPointe FootLaser is safe, effective and most patients improve after their first treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How does the PinPointe FootLaser work?
A: The PinPointe FootLaser kills fungus that lives in and under the nail. The laser light passes through the nail without causing damage to the nail or the surrounding skin. At the time of the procedure, the toenail will not become instantly clearó it takes time to grow out.
Q: What can I expect?
A: A consultation with the doctor, an appointment for the procedure and any follow-up visits that are prescribed.
Q: Can I expect to have more than one treatment?
A: Typically, one treatment kills the fungus for most patients. The doctor will determine if you need additional follow-up care.
Q: Is the procedure painful?
A: Most patients feel no pain. Some may feel a warming sensation. An isolated few may feel a slight pinprick.
Q: Is there a recovery period?
A: No. This is a walk in/walk out procedure.
Q: How long does the procedure take?
A: The PinPointe FootLaser procedure typically takes about 30 minutes
Q: Will the fungus grow back?
A: The fungus is killed after one treatment. However, there is a chance of reinfection because the fungus is present everywhere in the environment. Your doctor can recommend care techniques to help reduce a recurrence of the infection.
Q: When is it safe for me to paint my nails or have a pedicure post-treatment?
A: You can apply polish immediately after the treatment. It is important to remove all nail polish and nail decorations the day before your treatment.
Q: What kind of payments can I accept for this procedure?
A: We accept all normal methods of payment. In addition you may also use your Medical IRA, Health Savings Account (HSA), or Flexible Spending Accounts.
Q: Can the procedure be covered by my insurance?
A: If you have a HSA 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.
Q: How long has the PinPointe FootLaser been in use?
A: Clinical studies began in November 2007.
Q: Is the PinPointe FootLaser FDA cleared?
A: Yes, the device has received FDA clearance.
Q: Who developed the PinPointe FootLaser procedure?
A: Leading scientists and medical professionals working together for 20 years with funding provided by the National Institutes of Health developed the technology used in the patented PinPointe FootLaser.
Q: When did the PinPointe FootLaser receive the new FDA clearance?
A: PinPointe USA received written FDA clearance effective October 15, 2010