Brooks Foot & Ankle Associates
Medicine and Surgery of the Foot and Ankle
Laser Treatment for Toenail Fungus
The PinPointe laser 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.
PinPointe Laser featured on the CBS show "The Doctors" Sept, 2009.
What can I expect in the doctor’s office?
A consultation with your doctor, the procedure to be performed and any follow-up visits as prescribed by your doctor.
Is the procedure painful?
Most people feel no pain. Some people 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 procedure takes less than 30 minutes - 1 hour depending on how many nails are being treated.
Will the fungus come back?
The fungus is killed after one treatment and typically the doctor recommends care techniques to reduce recurrence of the infection. There is a chance of reinfection because the fungus is present everywhere in the environment. Following a regimem prescribed by the physician is the best way to reduce recurrence.
When can I paint my nails or have a pedicure?
You can apply polish immediately after the treatment. It is important to remove all nail polish and nail decorations the day before your treatment.
How do I pay for the treatment?
Credit cards, cash, money orders are all accepted. You may also use your Medical IRA, Health Savings or Flexible Spending Account.
Is this covered by my insurance?
If you have a Health Savings Account or Medical IRA, 100% of the cost can be covered. However, in most situations, this procedure is considered aesthetic and therefore health insurance plans do not provide coverage.
*No-interest payment plans offered through the Care Credit program. Please click on the icon to visit their website and learn more.
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.
Is it FDA cleared?
Yes, it is cleared by the FDA.