The patented PinPointe FootLaser System is a specially designed laser beam that goes through the toenail and safely reduces the infection in the nail bed that cause toenail fungus. The Pinpoint foot laser is said to be 88% more effective than any other treatment on the market.
The laser light passes through the toenail and kills the fungus underneath. The toenail will not become instantly clear, it takes months for the nail to grow out taking the fungus with it. The treatment is not a preventative method for avoiding fungus nor does it prevent re-infection.
"We are thrilled to add the PinPointe FootLaser from Patholase to our hair, body and skin rejuvenation offerings at Enhanced Images Medical Spa. Toenail fungus affects a significant number of individuals and many people are extremely self-conscious about it. The topical treatments on the market are fairly ineffective and the oral prescription medications are known to have toxic side effects on the liver. Patients with foot fungus have been waiting for a quick, safe, painless and effective treatment. The PinPointe FootLaser is just the treatment," says Dr. Bruce Marko owner and medical director of Enhanced Images in Charlotte.
The laser is not FDA cleared for treating toenail fungus at this time, so this use is considered off-label and doctors in the US can't advertise it as a foot fungus laser yet. The treatment costs around $1,000 and is typically not covered by insurance.
Another company, Nomir Medical Technologies is said to be developing a laser called Noveon for nail infections and other diseases. The Noveon uses two different wavelengths of near-infrared light at toenails to selectively kill fungus.
This procedure was featured on Good Morning America and is on the September 30, 2009 episode of The Doctors.