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. You should expect a consultation with Dr. Michetti, Tabor, or Weber, performance of the procedure, and scheduling of any follow-up visits as prescribed by your provider.
What can your patients expect?
They can expect a consultation with you explaining the procedure to be performed and any follow-up visits you prescribe.
Can the patient expect more than one treatment?
One treatment kills the fungus for most patients. You will determine if the patient needs 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 you can 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 your patient paint their nails or have a pedicure?
They can apply polish immediately after the treatment. It is important to inform the patient that they should remove all nail polish and nail decorations the day before their treatment.
What kind of payments can I accept for the procedure?
Credit cards, cash, money orders can be accepted. The patient may also use their Medical IRA, Health Savings or Flexible Spending Accounts.
Can the procedure be covered by their insurance?
If they 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 have you been doing this?
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.
This information is provided to you by the doctors of the LakeForest Foot and Ankle Center.
Call 301-948-3668 for an appointment.