How does it work?
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.
Do My nails look better right away?
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.
Is the procedure Painful?
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.
- Is there a recovery period?
No, just walk in and walk out.
- How long does the procedure take?
The FootLaser procedure takes about 30 minutes.
Where is the procedure done?
My office is one of only a handful of locations on Long Island that actually has the laser on the premises. You do not have to travel into the city.
- 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.
- 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 procedure?
Credit cards, cash, money orders are all accepted.
- Is this covered by my insurance?
This procedure is considered aesthetic and therefore health insurance does not provide coverage. 100% of the cost can be paid out of your Health Savings Account or Medical IRA, if you have one.
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 PinPointe FootLaser.