Laser treatment for nail fungus is a revolutionary breakthrough procedure in treating nail fungus infection. It has been known to surpass oral and topical medications with an effective success rate around 80% in clinical studies showing the fungus to be destroyed, safely. The PinPointe laser is a state-of-the-art light-based therapy for treating nail fungal infections. Clinical trials began in 2007, and the device was cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2010.
The PinPointe™ laser kills fungi with laser light. The light is able to penetrate the infected nail without damaging either the nail itself or surrounding healthy skin.
The PinPointe™ procedure is done in a doctor's office and takes only about 30 minutes. Some doctors file the surface of the infected nail (a process known medically as debridement) beforehand to enhance the laser's penetration. During the laser treatment itself, you'll feel a warming sensation and some mild pinpricks as the light penetrates your nails. Your doctor will probably make two passes with the laser over your infected nails and one pass over your uninfected nails. The procedure produces no known side effects. You can return to your regular activities immediately. You can even apply polish to your nails, if you wish (although you must remove any polish before treatment). Most people require only one treatment session, but more may be needed if your nails are in particularly bad shape or if they become re-infected.