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: What can I expect in the provider’s office?
A: The process begins with a consultation in which your provider, who will explain the procedure that is to be performed and any follow-up visits that may be required.
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: You can apply polish immediately after the procedure. It is important that you remove all nail polish and nail decorations the day before your procedure.
Q: How much does the procedure cost?
A: The cost is determined by the provider; typically about $1,000 USD.
Q: How do I pay for the procedure?
A: Credit cards, cash, and money orders are accepted. You may also use your Health Savings Account (HSA), Medical IRA, or Flexible Spending Account.
Q: Is the procedure covered by insurance?
A: This procedure is considered aesthetic and therefore health insurance does not provide coverage. However you can use your HSA, Medical IRA, or Flexible Spending Account can be used to cover this procedure.
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 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.