Here are the most frequently asked questions about the PinPoint Footlaser. Contact our office at 206-368-7000 if you have further questions.
Q: How does the PinPointe FootLaser work?
A: The PinPointe FootLaser kills the fungus that lives in and under the nail. The laser light passes through the nail 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.
Q: What can I expect in the provider’s office?
A: The process begins with a consultation in which your provider, who will explain the procedure that is to be performed and any follow-up visits that may be required.
Q: Is the procedure painful?
A: Most patients feel no pain. Some may feel a warming sensation. An isolated few may feel a slight pinprick.
Q: Is there a recovery period?
A: No. The treatment is a walk in/walk out procedure.
Q: How long does the procedure take?
A: The PinPointe FootLaser procedure typically takes about 30 minutes.
Q: Will the fungus grow back?
A: The infection improves after one treatment. However, there is a chance of reinfection because the fungus is present everywhere in the environment. Our follow-up program will provide you with products and recommendations to help prevent a recurrence of infection.
Q: When is it safe to paint my nails or have a pedicure following treatment?
A: During your treatment, you should not wear any nail polish. Once the treatment is completed we recommend using Dr's. Remedy Enriched Nail Polish available at our office or online.
Q: Is the procedure covered by insurance?
A: This procedure is considered aesthetic and therefore health insurance does not provide coverage.
Q: How long has the PinPointe FootLaser been in use?
A: Clinical studies began in November 2007.
Q: Is the PinPointe FootLaser FDA cleared?
A: Yes, the device has received FDA clearance. It was the first laser treatment to receive FDA clearance.
Q: Who developed the PinPointe FootLaser procedure?
A: Leading scientists and medical professionals working together for 20 years with funding provided by the National Institutes of Health developed the technology used in the patented PinPointe FootLaser
Stop suffering from unsightly nails. Call the Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City at 206. 368.7000 or request an appointment online.