PinPointe FootLaser was the first laser for nail fungal treatment approved by the Federal Drug Administration of the USA.
The PinPointe laser attacks the fungal cells directly, using infra red light to pass through the nail. The light causes the cells to break down. Over the next few weeks, as the nail grows out, the visible signs of fungal nail infection clear.
Common questions about PinPointe FootLaser
Q: How does the PinPointe FootLaser work?
A: The PinPointe FootLaser targets the 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 clear— it takes time to grow out.
Q: Is the procedure painful?
A: For most patients it is a virtually painless experience. Some may feel a warming sensation. An isolated few may feel a slight pinprick.
Q: Is there a recovery period?
A: No. The procedure 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: Many patients report seeing an improvement after one procedure. However, there is a chance of reinfection because the fungus is present everywhere in the environment. Your provider will recommend care techniques to help reduce a recurrence of the infection.
Q: When is it safe to paint my nails or have a pedicure following the procedure?
A: We prefer that polish is not applied for the duration of your recovery, especially when it is determined that the nail polish may be responsible for the infection in the 1st place. If you have an occasion to attend, by all means apply polish, but it is recommended to remove it soon after. It is important that you remove all nail polish and nail decorations the day before your procedure. Pedicures without the polish may be resumed. Although it may be prudent to question the Pedicurists sterilization and disinfection procedures, or warn them that your toes may cross infect others if their instruments are not adequately sterilized. We do recommend the latest nail Polish….called Dr Remedy’s, the 1st all natural chemical free polish that will not encourage yellow, brittle discoloration and infection. Please inquire.
Q: How much does the procedure cost?
A: The cost is determined by the provider; typically about £600 for both feet. ..but prices are determined by how many toes are required to be treated. Please inquire.
Q: How do I pay for the procedure?
A: Credit cards, cash, and cheques are accepted. An invoice can be submitted to your insurance if they will pay.
Q: How long has the PinPointe FootLaser been in use?
A: Clinical studies began in November 2007 in the USA. It has been in the UK since 2009. This clinic has been involved in laser since 2011.
Q: Is the PinPointe FootLaser FDA cleared?
A: Yes, the device has received FDA clearance for the temporary increase of clear nail in patients with Onychomycosis, or nail fungus.
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.