FAQs

HOW DOES IT WORK?

The laser light kills fungus that lives in and under the nail. The laser light passes through the nail without damaging it or the surrounding skin. Although the existing nail will not become clear immediately, new nail growth should appear normal, as the fungus will no longer be present.

IS THE PINPOINTE LASER FDA APPROVED?

Yes. The PinPointe laser was the first FDA cleared lasers for treatment of nail fungus.

HOW SUCCESSFUL IS THE TREATMENT?

Typically success is similar to that of oral antifungal medications. Results may vary depending upon severity of infection. Of further importance is that prior studies and clinical experience has demonstrated no adverse effects or injuries associated with this treatment.

HOW MANY TREATMENTS ARE REQUIRED?

Typically only one or two treatments are necessary..

IS THE PROCEDURE PAINFUL?

Patients may experience an intermittent sensation of heat or a pin prick. The level of discomfort is not so significant as to require local anesthetic.

IS THERE A RECOVERY PERIOD?

One of the advantages of this breakthrough procedure is that there is no down time. Patients walk in, walk out, and have no physical limitations following treatment.

HOW LONG DOES THE PROCEDURE TAKE?

The procedure usually takes 30 to 60 minutes.

CAN THE FUNGUS GROW BACK?

The fungus is killed after one treatment; however, as this fungus is commonly found in one’s environment, the doctor will strongly recommend post-procedure care that will greatly reduce the possibility of re-infection.

CAN I USE NAIL POLISH AFTER THE PROCEDURE?

Polish can be applied 4 weeks following treatment. It is important to remove all polish and nail decoration the day prior to treatment.

IS THIS COVERED BY MY INSURANCE?

Insurance plans consider this procedure aesthetic/cosmetic and therefore do not provide coverage. If you have a Health Savings Account, Medical IRA or other Flexible Medical Spending Accounts, you can pay for the procedure with these funds. Otherwise, payment can be made with cash, credit or debit card.

HOW MUCH DOES THE PROCEDURE COST?

Contact the office nearest you for a full cost disclosure. The price is comparable to that of taking oral anti-fungal agents for 6 months along with liver function tests, which are indicated with these medications.