Breakthrough Laser Cure For Fungus Nails
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
How does it work?
The PinPointe FootLaser kills the fungus that lives in and under the toenail. The laser light passes through the toenail 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.
What can I expect as a patient?
You can expect a consultation with Dr. Sweeney explaining the procedure to be performed and any follow-up visits he'll prescribe.
Can I expect more than one treatment?
One treatment kills the fungus for most patients. Dr. Sweeney will determine if you need follow-up care.
Is the procedure painful?
Most patients feel no pain. Some may feel a warming sensation and very few feel a pinprick.
Is there a recovery period?
No; just walk in and walk out.
How long does the procedure take?
The Footlaser procedure takes less than 30 minutes.
Will the fungus grow back?
The fungus is killed after one treatment, and typically Dr. Sweeney will recommend care techniques to reduce a recurrence of the infection. There is a chance of reinfection because the fungus is present everywhere in the environment.
When can I paint my nails or have a pedicure?
You can apply polish immediately after the treatment. Please note that it is important to remove all nail polish and nail decorations the day before your treatment.
Can the procedure be covered by my insurance?
If you have a Health Savings Account 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.
How long has this procedure been in use?
Clinical studies began in November 2007 demonstrating over an 88% success rate.
Is it FDA cleared?
Yes, it is cleared by the FDA.
Who developed this laser procedure?
Leading scientists and medical professionals working together for 20 years with funding provided by the National Institutes of Health developed the technology in the patented PinPointe FootLaser.