Frequently Asked Questions
How does it work?
The laser is designed to leave the toenail itself unaffected, targeting only the fungus by passing through the nail to eliminate any damage to its surface or the adjacent skin. Once the fungus has been treated, a healthy, clear toenail will start to grow and replace the infected nails, and within approximately 6 months your nails should be healthy and clear.
What can I expect in the provider’s office?
You may expect a consultation with Dr. Spier, the procedure to be performed and any follow-up visits as prescribed by your provider.
Is the procedure painful?
The PinPointe FootLaser is virtually painless – in some instances, the feeling of a pinprick has been reported and also a faint warming sensation.
Is there a recovery time?
No; just walk in and walk out.
How long does the procedure take?
The PinPointe FootLaser treatment can treat all ten toes in approximately 30 minutes. It’s important to treat every toe, not just those infected, to minimize any chance of re-occurrence.
Will the fungus come back?
It is possible, however very unlikely, provided you maintain a standard of care for your feet that will work to prevent re-infection. One treatment should be all you need.
When can I paint my nails or have a pedicure?
Why wait? While we’ll ask that you not have anything on your nails for the treatment, it’s perfectly fine to do so as soon as you get home.
How much does it cost?
The cost ranges between $500 and $1,400 depending on the number of toes affected, and the number of required treatments. Generally only one treatment is necessary.
How do I pay for the procedure?
Credit cards, Cash, Money Orders and Care Credit are all accepted.
Is this covered by my insurance?
This procedure is considered aesthetic and therefore health insurance does not provide coverage. However, you may use a Flexible Spending or Health Savings Account.
How long have you been doing this?
Clinical studies began in November 2007.
Who developed this laser procedure?
It was developed by Patholase, a privately held company based in Chico, CA that specializes in developing innovative laser solutions to combat an array of serious medical conditions.