I have suffered from a chronic toenail fungus infection on my big toe since I was 7 years old. Over the past 20+ years, I have tried every prescription and over-the-counter medication available and I have had my toenail removed numerous times but nothing worked. More recently, I started to have pain and discomfort whenever I put any weight on my foot so I went to see Dr Hendizadeh in Roslyn, NY. He removed the nail and treated my toe with the PinPointe Laser to kill the fungus. The relief was immediate! I walked out of Dr Hendizadeh's office completely pain free. It has been 2 1/2 months since the surgery and laser treatment and the nail is growing back much clearer and I still have no pain. I wish I had known about the laser treatment earlier - I highly recommend it to anyone with nail fungus and I am grateful to Dr Hendizadeh for his expertise and cutting edge technology. - Mike Schwartz - February 2011
October 20, 2010 - FDA Approves PinPointe™ FootLaser™ for treatment of toenail fungus.
We are proud to announce that we are one of the first and the largest practice in New England to offer the best toenail fungus treatment yet, the PinPointe™ Footlaser™. This great new laser treatment for chronic toenail fungus has become one of the easiest and most effective ways to treat this unsightly disease. We provide this toenail fungus treatment in our offices in Fairfield and North Haven, Connecticut and in Huntington and Roslyn, New York, and have had patients come from as far as Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine and New Hampshire to receive this effective laser treatment. We even had one lady drive from Montreal Canada. We have performed over 950 procedures over the past couple of years and we have recently obtained a second Pinpointe Laser to offer you more flexibility in scheduling the procedure. We have the lasers on site so there is no need to go to a tertiary facility or wait for a tech to come to office. Our Trained Doctors operate the lasers themselves for a painless, drug-free way to eliminate nail fungus.
In the past few months we have seen great improvements on our patient's nails that have been treated with the PinPointe™ FootLaser™. It has been fascinating for not only our patients, but for us, as doctors to see results emerge just three months after the procedure. Take a look at these before and after pictures of one of our patient's nails three months after the laser treatment.
Before the laser treatment for toenail fungus:
Three months after the laser treatment for toenail fungus:
Before the laser treatment for toenail fungus:
Three months after the laser treatment for toenail fungus:
Before and After
These results are real, effective, and will only get better with time. If toenail fungus is a disease that you have been fighting and have not won over, try the PinPointe™ FootLaser™. It's the most effective toenail fungus treatment there is. These results could soon be seen on your toenails! Get more educated on the procedure by reading the information below. More Before and After Photos
HOW DOES THE PINPOINTE™ FOOTLASER™ WORK?
The PinPointe™ FootLaser™ is a great new treatment for toenail fungal infections that has become widely accepted in the community and now has FDA approval. It kills the fungus that lives in and under the toenail. The laser light passes through the toenail without causing damage to the nail or the surrounding skin. However, the toenail will not become instantly clear, for it takes time to grow out.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF THE LASER?
During the procedure, the pathogens that cause toenail fungus are targeted, allowing the new nail to grow in healthy and clear. Unlike some medication-driven treatments for toenail fungus, the laser presents no side effects, and it is a great alternative for many patients who cannot or do not want to take oral medications. It is completely Safe with no pain.
IS THE PROCEDURE PAINFUL?
Most people feel no pain. Some people feel a warming sensation and very few feel a pinprick.
IS THERE A RECOVERY PERIOD?
No. The PinPointe™ laser treats patients in a single session by just walking in and walking out.
HOW LONG DOES THE PROCEDURE TAKE?
The impulse laser procedure takes approximately 30 to 45 minutes.
DOES IT REALLY WORK?
Clinical studies to date reveal that over 60% - 65% of treated patients for toenail fungal infections show significant improvement. In most cases, fungus infected nails are completely cured.
WILL THE FUNGUS COME BACK?
The fungus is killed after one treatment and typically the doctor recommends care techniques to reduce recurrence of the infection. There is a chance of reinfection because the fungus is present everywhere in the environment.
WHEN CAN I PAINT MY NAILS OR HAVE A PEDICURE?
You can apply nail 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 TREATMENT?
Credit cards, cash and money orders are all accepted. You may also use your Medical IRA, Health Savings or Flexible Spending Account.
IS THIS COVERED BY MY INSURANCE?
At this time there is no company that covers the PinPointe laser procedure because it is considered to be aesthetic. However, if you have a Health Savings Account or Medical IRA, 100% of the cost can be covered.
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™.
IS IT FDA CLEARED?
Yes, it is cleared by the FDA.
Interview with Image Magazine and Dr. Hendizadeh:
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT TOENAIL FUNGUS
BY PEDRAM A. HENDIZADEH, DPM, FACFAS
Summer's here -- time for sandals and flip-flops and peek-a-boo toes. But what's showing on your feet? Painted nails and pretty toe rings...or ugly foot fungus? Nail fungus affects about 38 million people in America. Many people wonder how they got this disease, which can be difficult to eradicate and is certainly unsightly. Here are some commonly asked questions...with answers.
Q: How did I get this toenail fungus?
A: As a practicing board-certified podiatric surgeon, I am asked this question several times a day. Unfortunately, it's difficult to ascertain the exact cause of a fungus. Some patients may recall a dirty nail salon or a summer trip to the Hampton's with a roommate who may have had toe fungus. The truth is, fungus is everywhere, and some people are more susceptible to it than are others. Fungus can be found in gym locker rooms, hotel rooms, and nail salons. It would be difficult not to be exposed to it, but if you limit your exposure, you can minimize the chance of getting a bad infection.
Q: What does it look like?
A: Fungal infections can cause the nails to become discolored, thick, yellow, incurvated, and can possibly cause the nail to break away from the nail bed, leading to a gap between the nail plate and the nail bed. This allows for dirt, bacteria, germs, and fungus to live under the toenail and breed. Occasionally this can lead to odor as well.
Q: Is toenail fungus contagious?
A: Yes. Studies have shown spouses generally can infect each other. If you or a loved one have fungus, it is better to treat it early to prevent the spread to others in your household.
Q: Is it more common in women?
A: We see a greater number of women with the infection, likely due to the fact that most women paint their toenails. This allows for a dark area under the nail and allows the fungus to breed. Women also take more trips to the nail salon, so they are exposed to fungus more often.
Q: Why are fingernails less likely to develop fungus?
A: Fungus thrives in a dark, moist environment. Fingernails are exposed to light, and there is less moisture on the fingernails. In fact, many people have dry skin on their fingers.
Q: How can I avoid getting this infection?
A: Consider using a nail salon that uses sterile instruments and either bring your own nail file or make sure that a new one is used. The nail file is porous and can act as a breeding ground for fungus. Always use flip-flops at the gym or in hotel rooms. Also consider an anti-fungal powder in your shoes to decrease moisture. Since fungus breeds in a dark, moist environment, you should leave damp or wet shoes near a window to dry properly. Do not put them in your dark closet.
Q: How bad can the fungus get?
A: Fungus can affect the nails to different degrees. You can have a very mild or superficial infection that can usually be treated by topical medications and debridement. This usually starts with white spots on the surface of the nail. Moderate infections may penetrate the nail plate and may affect up to 50% of it. Other, more severe infections can affect over 50% of the nail plate and can get down to the matrix/root of the nail.
Q: How can I effectively treat this?
A: For mild infections, topical medications and mechanical debridement can be quite effective. Occasionally, we may try oral medications or laser procedures to cure the infection quickly. Moderate to severely infected nails may not get better with topical medications but usually respond well to oral medications or a new type of laser treatment called PinPointe Foot-Laser.
Q: How safe is the PinPointe™ FootLaser™?
A: The PinPointe™ FootLaser™ is completely safe. It is a YAG laser that has been around for many years. YAG lasers have been used for hair removal, aging spots, and sunspots.
Q: How long has the patholase laser been used for nail fungus?
A: The laser was introduced in California early last year and has been used in New Jersey for about a year already. It became available in New York in January of this year.
Q: What are the benefits of the laser?
A: Usually the laser treats patients in a single session, with no drugs and no anesthesia. Laser light passes through the toenail without causing damage to the nail or surrounding
skin. During the procedure, the pathogens that cause toenail fungus are targeted, allowing the new nail to grow in healthy and clear. Unlike some medication-driven treatments for toenail fungus, the laser presents minimal risk of side effects, and it is a great alternative for many patients who can't or don't want to take oral meds.
Q: What are the side effects of the oral medications?
A: Generally speaking, oral Lamasil is relatively safe. A blood test is done prior to initiating therapy and other tests may be performed to ensure the medication is not having ill effects on your blood or liver enzymes. There have been some patients who have experienced rashes and a taste disturbance; however, most of the side effects are resolved once you come off the medication.
Q: Can I use nail polish during treatment?
A: You can use nail polish while on oral medication and immediately after the laser treatment. If a patient is on topical therapy, she cannot use nail polish as the topical medications will not penetrate through the polish.
Q: Is the patholase laser treatment covered by my insurance?
A. At this time there is no insurance company that covers the laser procedure.
It is considered to be aesthetic and too new a modality. Time will tell if insurance companies will adopt this treatment modality into the patients' plans. Many patients use their HSAs (Health Savings Accounts) or FSAs (Flexible Spending Accounts) to cover the cost for the laser treatment.
Q: What is the cost of the laser treatment for Toenail Fungus?
A: The laser procedure costs from about $800 on Long Island to upward of $1500 in Manhattan.
Call now and be one of many to get rid of this disease with this great toenail fungus treatment, pain free! We service patients from Canada,MA, VT, RI, NY, NH and CT for the patholase laser for treatment of great Fungal Toenails for only $975.
PinPoint™ Laser treatment procedure for Toe Nail Fungus
We also have less expensive alternatives to treat nail fungus. Call us now and see what treatment will work best for you!