Laser Fungal Nail Treatment
CLEARER, HEALTHIER NAILS IN AS LITTLE AS ONE TREATMENT.
PinPointe laser is the easy, convenient treatment that helps turn your discolored and disfigured nails into clearer, healthier looking nails. There are no pills, no loss of nails and no damage to the surrounding nail bed!
This completely safe, non-invasive procedure has zero negative side effects and takes just 30 minutes per session. Some patients even see results in just one session!
Nail fungus is an embarrassing chronic condition that impacts a patient’s quality of life and can lead to serious health problems for those with diabetes or immune disorders. The treatment of nail infection is difficult because the infection is under and inside the nail, which makes it hard for other treatments to reach the infection.
PinPointe laser is the first clinically proven laser device for the temporary increase of clear nails in patients with onychomycosis, or nail fungus. Nail infection can cause permanent deformity of the nail, which can interfere with your being able to wear shoes, walking, sports, and other activities.
PinPointe Footlaser’s unique combination of wavelength and pulse structure is absorbed by the fungus at a faster rate than the surrounding healthy tissue targeting the fungus that lives in and under the nail. Micropulses of the Nd:YAG laser light pass through the nail without causing damage to the nail or the surrounding skin. At the time of the procedure, the nail will not become instantly clear – it takes time to grow out.
Patients experience minimal discomfort due to the specific pulse modulation, used by the PinPointe laser. Some may express a warming sensation on the area. Typically, one procedure improves the appearance of the fungus, however, you will determine if the patient needs follow-up care.
HOW DOES THE LASER WORK?
This patented laser is specially designed to safely heat and destroy the pathogens embedded in and under your nail causing the fungus infection (Onychomycosis).
HOW LONG DOES A TREATMENT TAKE?
The vast majority of our clients require 2-3 treatments. It usually takes about 30-40 minutes/ treatment if debridement is necessary.
IS THIS LASER PAINFUL?
The gentle laser light beam has no effect on healthy tissue. There is no pain but some patients may experience temporary warmth in the nail during treatment. This treatment does not harm or affect your activity in any way.
DOES IT REALLY WORK?
The PinPointe laser is cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of nail fungus. In the latest clinical study 81% of all patients treated sustained a clear nail improvement at 12 months after a single treatment. After the one 30-minute treatment, the nail plate should grow out clear in 6-12 months if there is a healthy nail bed. This result is better than the results reported for the oral pill, Lamisil, which you take for three months with some risk of side effects.
IS THIS TREATMENT SAFE?
There are no age or health restrictions or limitations. In clinical studies there have been no adverse reactions, injuries, disabilities or known side effects. As you may know, the oral medications now used to treat toenails must be taken daily for months and carry with them some side effects that can affect the liver, kidneys, and skin. This laser does not. The Pinpointe laser is safe and effective.
WILL I BE ABLE TO WALK AFTER THE TREATMENT?
Yes, you will be able to resume all your normal activities immediately after the treatment is done.
HOW QUICKLY IS IMPROVEMENT NOTICED?
At the time of the procedure, the toenail will not become instantly clear, it takes time to grow out. New healthy nail will be seen emerging from the cuticle area as your nails grow naturally. The average toenail replaces itself every 6-12 months. Within the first 3 months healthy new growth will be visible.
WILL THE FUNGUS GROW BACK?
In the high percentage of cases, the fungus is eradicated following 2-3 treatments. We will recommend care techniques to reduce recurrence of the infection. There is a chance of reinfection because the fungus is present everywhere in the environment. Just like you practice good oral hygiene to keep your teeth and gums healthy, you will need to practice good foot hygiene to keep your toenails healthy.
DOES MY INSURANCE PAY FOR THIS?
Because this treatment is considered aesthetic, health insurance plans do not cover this treatment. We accept major credit cards and personal checks. We also offer payment plans for 6 months through Care Credit.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
It is best if the doctor sees you to diagnose that you have fungal nails and to make sure you are a candidate. The pricing will be discussed at that time with the doctor depending on your specific condition. The treatment fee also includes any necessary nail preparation, post treatment counseling and a follow up visit to check your results.
DO I HAVE TO TREAT ALL NAILS IF ONLY A FEW ARE INFECTED?
The best results are obtained when the laser treatment is applied to all of the toenails on both feet, even the ones that appear uninfected. This creates an environment free of nail fungus and reduces the chance of reinfection. If the infection is resistant or the nails have not responded with clear growth, the nails may need another laser treatment.
DO I NEED TO PREPARE ANYTHING FOR FIRST VISIT?
1) Make sure all nail polish has been removed 2-3 days before the visit
2) Bring clean socks/ shoes or open toed shoes/ sandals,
The Cost of PinPointe Laser Treatment Includes:
• Includes any necessary nail preparation and debridement
• PinPointe Laser Procedure to all ten toes.
• The Three month follow up visit
• The Six month follow up visit
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Tustin Podiatry Clinic
17400 Irvine Blvd. Suite H
Tustin, CA 92780