Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How does the PinPointeTM FootLaserTM 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 doctor’s office?
A: The process begins with a consultation in which I 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: One treatment kills the fungus for most people. However, there is a chance of reinfection because the fungus is present everywhere in the environment. I will recommend care techniques to help reduce a recurrence of the infection.
Q: When is it safe to paint my nails or have a pedicure following treatment?
A: You can apply polish immediately after the treatment. It is important that you remove all nail polish and nail decorations the day before your treatment.
Q: Is the procedure covered by insurance?
A: This procedure is considered aesthetic and therefore health insurance does not provide coverage. However, your HSA, Medical IRA, or Health Spending Account may sometimes be used to cover this procedure if they cover noninsurance covered services.
Q: How much does the procedure cost?
A: For the Lincoln Park Podiatry Toenail Fungus Protocol there is a fee of $150 per treatment per foot. This includes trimming or debridement and photo record of the nails. We begin with a free consultation to determine if you are a good candidate for this new therapy. If a lab test is needed to confirm the presence of the fungus, insurance will be billed. After an affirmative diagnosis, your nails will be debrided (trimmed and filed) and you will receive the treatment. Further follow-up visits and laser treatments may be scheduled. Because it takes months for the new nail to grow out, periodic visits to check on your progress are scheduled. For very severe infections additional therapies may be recommended. You will also be given a Foot Wellness Care Kit containing products that will enhance the effectiveness of the treatment and be personalized for you as determined by Dr. Young. We take this diagnosis seriously and will work diligently to help you.
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 for treatment of toenail fungus.
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.