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Posts for: January, 2013

By Dr. Mucinskas
January 21, 2013
Category: Toenail Fungus
Tags: Laser   Toenail Fungus   Onychomycosis  


We are pleased to announce that as of the end of 2012 the PinPointe Foot Laser has been made available to our Patients for the treatment of toenail fungus (onychomycosis).  This is a simple, pain free method of treating the infection that causes the unsightly yellowing and thickening of the toenails.  Prior to the laser the two main treatments for toenail fungus were topical medications which have few side effects but poor results, or pills which had good results but a poor side effect profile.  Unlike harsh oral medications there are no side effects from the laser and no danger of damaging your liver while providing a similar cure rate.  Our Laser FAQ sheet is provided below to answer your questions.  To learn more please feel free to call our office or schedule your free Laser Consultation!


Q: How does the PinPointe Foot Laser work?

A: PinPointe Foot Laser uses laser light to target the fungus that lives in and under the nail. As the laser passes through the nail, the fungus is heated, without causing damage to the nail or the surrounding skin. Although the infection is treated, the nail will not become instantly clear. Improvement in the nail appearance is seen as the nail grows out in about 4-6 months.

Q: What can I expect before the treatment?

A: Your doctor will bring you in for a consultation to explain the PinPointe procedure, patient expectations, pre- and post- treatment protocol and any follow-up visits that may be required.

Q: Is the procedure painful?

A: Most patients experience no pain or discomfort during the PinPointe treatment. Some patients may feel a warming sensation and an isolated few may feel a slight pinprick.

Q: Is there a recovery period?

A: No. The PinPointe treatment is a quick outpatient procedure. You can return to your normal activities immediately.

Q: How long does the procedure take?

A: The PinPointe procedure typically takes about 30 minutes to treat all ten toes.

Q: Will the fungus grow back?

A: PinPointe treatment results are temporary and due to the contagious nature of nail fungus, reinfection is possible. Your doctor will recommend post treatment care to help reduce a recurrence of the infection.

Q: When is it safe to paint my nails following treatment?

A: You can apply polish immediately after the treatment. It is important that you remove all nail polish the day before your PinPointe treatment.

Q: Is the procedure covered by insurance?

A: This procedure is considered aesthetic and therefore health insurance does not provide coverage. Many offices accept HSA, Medical IRA, or Flexible Spending Account to cover the cost of the procedure.

Q: How long has the PinPointe Foot Laser been in use?

A: Clinical studies for the treatment of onychomycosis with PinPointe began in November 2007.

Q: Is the PinPointe Foot Laser FDA cleared?

A: Yes. In fact, PinPointe was the first laser device to receive FDA clearance for the temporary improvement in clear nail growth.




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