- What is the foot laser & how does it work?
The foot laser is a patented laser device that operates in a very tight spectrum of near infra red light. The laser light passes through the toenail without causing damage to the nail or the surrounding skin. The beam created by this specially designed medical device vaporizes the embedded pathogens in your nail plate and nail bed, leaving normal healthy tissue undamaged, while killing the organisms that cause toenail fungus.
- How effective is the treatment?
The laser is very effective, according to clinical studies performed in Sacramento, California. Most patients experience significant improvement. In most cases, only a single treatment is required.
- Does the laser treatment take long?
The vast majority of our clients require only one treatment. It usually takes about 30 – 40 minutes.
- Does the laser treatment hurt?
No anesthetic or injections are ever used. Because the laser does not damage the nail or surrounding skin, most people feel nothing. Some people may feel a warming sensation and very few feel a pinprick.
- How safe is this treatment?
No adverse reactions, injuries, disabilities or side effects have been reported in clinical studies with this laser treatment. In contrast, topical treatments are minimally effective. The oral medications available today can cause side effects to the liver, kidney and eyes and may even effect your senses of taste and smell.
- Will I be able to walk after treatment?
Yes, you will be able to resume all your normal activities immediately after the treatment is done. Even go jogging if you like.
- 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 toe nail replaces itself every 6-9 months. Within the first 4 months healthy new growth will be visible.
- Will the fungus come back?
In a high percentage of cases, the fungus is eradicated following one treatment. Dr. Miller 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 toe nails healthy.
- How do I pay for this treatment?
The laser procedure is considered aesthetic and therefore not covered by health insurance. We do accept major credit cards, checks, and cash. 100% of the cost can be paid out of Medical IRAs, health savings accounts, or flexible spending accounts if you have one. We also offer Care Credit, with easy, no-interest & low payment plan options.
- Where is the procedure done?
My office is one of only a select few locations on Long Island authorized to have the laser on the premises. You do not have to travel into the city.
- When can I paint my nails?
You can apply polish immediately after the treatment. It is important to remove all polish and nail decorations from all your toes the day before your treatment.
- How long has this treatment been available?
Clinical studies began in November 2007. The device has been in use successfully since late 2008.
- 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 foot laser.
- How can I schedule an appointment for a free consultation to see what can be done for me with the Pinpointe toenail fungus laser?
Just call Dr. Miller at 1-888-LI-TOENAIL (888-548-6362)