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 1-2 treatments. It usually takes about 15 minutes 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 15 minute treatment, the nail plate should grow out clear in 8-12 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 6-9 months. Within the first 3 months healthy new growth will be visible.
Will the fungus grow back? In a high percentage of cases, the fungus is eradicated following 1-2 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.