FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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.
The patented PinPointe Foot Laser is a specially designed laser beam that goes through the toenail and safely reduces the infection in the nail bed that cause Onychomycosis — more commonly known as toenail fungus.
The procedure requires one safe, quick treatment without discomfort and is performed as an outpatient service and does not require 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 Foot Laser reduces fungal infection and promotes clear nail growth with a single treatment. PinPointe FootLaser is safe, effective and most patients improve after their first treatment as the nail grows out.
A free consultation with Dr. Joseph to evaluate your nails and make sure you are a candidate for the procedure. If so, the procedure is performed that same day or can be scheduled as a 30 minute session in the following days. Follow-up visits are four and eight months after treatment.
Most people do not feel pain. Some people feel a warming sensation and very few feel a pinprick.
No; just walk in and walk out. You can resume all activities.
The Laser procedure takes about 30-60 minutes.
The infection improves following one treatment and Dr. Joseph 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.
I do not recommend this since the fungus likes to grow under the nail polish. I do recommend applying polish for a short vacation or event and removing it immediately afterwards and return to using anti-fungal creams until the nail is completely clear and has grown out.
This procedure is considered aesthetic and therefore health insurance does not provide coverage.
Clinical studies began in November 2007.
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 Foot Laser.
“Dr. Joseph is a highly professional physician. She has exceptional bedside manner. She is caring, patient and kind and takes the time needed to listen to my concerns and answers my questions thoroughly.”