Toenail (and fingernail) fungus can be more than unsightly and embarrassing. In some cases, toenail fungus can result in pain and difficulty wearing shoes. If you’re suffering with nail fungus, PinPointe Foot Laser surgery may be able to help.
In our toenail fungus clinic, your safety and comfort are our top priorities. When you come to us for PinPointe laser treatment for toenail fungus removal, we’ll take the time to explain the process and address any concerns you might have.
PinPointe Foot Laser is FDA approved for the temporary control and removal of toenail fungus. PinPointe Foot Laser treatment may be an effective solution to your nail fungus problem.
How does the PinPointe Foot Laser work?
The PinPointe Foot Laser 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 appearance of the toenail does not change. The nail begins to look normal as it grows out over the next 12-18 months.
What can I expect at my appointment?
The process begins with a free consultation. Dr. Davis and her staff will explain the PinPointe Foot Laser procedure and discuss aftercare. If you decide to have the PinPointe Foot Laser treatment, it will be scheduled.
How long does the procedure take?
The PinPointe Foot Laser procedure typically takes about 10 minutes. However, preparing the nails before the laser takes about 30 minutes. Plan to be in the office for about an hour for the treatment.
Is the procedure painful?
Most patients feel no pain. Some may feel a warm sensation. An isolated few may feel an occasional momentary sharp sensation.
Is there a recovery period?
No. The treatment is a walk-in/walk out procedure. You may return to your normal activity immediately.
Will the fungus grow back?
All the fungus is killed with one treatment. However, there is a chance of reinfection because the fungus is present everywhere in the environment. Dr. Davis will recommend aftercare techniques to help prevent recurrence of the infection.
When is it safe to paint my nails or have a pedicure following treatment?
You can apply polish immediately after the treatment. Using nail polish that contains an antifungal medication is preferred. It is also best to use nail polish intermittently and avoid using it in the winter to give the nails a chance to “breathe.” It is important that you remove all nail polish and nail decorations the day before your consultation and before your treatment appointment.
How much does the procedure cost?
The fee in Dr. Davis’ office is $950. Dr. Davis is committed to the success of this treatment so she includes a SteriShoe and a bottle of antifungal topical. The SteriShoe is a shoe tree with an ultraviolet light that sanitizes the inside of the shoes.
How do I pay for the procedure?
We accept check, credit card, cash, and money order. You may be able to use your Health Savings Account (HSA), Medical IRA, or Flexible Spending Account. Please check with the administrator of your plan to confirm it can be used for the treatment.
Is the procedure covered by insurance?
This procedure is considered aesthetic (cosmetic) so health insurance does not provide coverage. However, in most cases Health Savings Account (HSA), Medical IRA, or Flexible Spending Account can be used to pay for the PinPointe Foot Laser procedure. Please check with the administrator of your plan to confirm it can be used for the treatment.
How long has the PinPointe Foot Laser been in use?
Clinical studies began in November 2007.
Is the PinPointe Foot Laser FDA approved?
Yes. In October 2010 the PinPointe Foot Laser was the first laser to be approved by the FDA for the temporary control of toenail fungus. Dr. Davis has been performing the treatment since 2012.
Who developed the PinPointe Foot Laser procedure?
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.