Lowcountry Plastic Surgery Center

1205 Two Island Court | Suite 203

Mount Pleasant, SC 29466

 

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PinPointe™ FootLaser™ is the first laser scientifically designed to promote clear nail in patients who suffer from unsightly nail fungus. Clinically proven, this is without the harmful side effects of oral medications, and typically takes only 30-minutes to perform.

 

Nail infection is a complex problem because it can start in some people because of family history of susceptibility, increasing age, poor health, nail trauma, climate (warm, moist), exposure to infected nails (sports/fitness and communal bathing areas), and tight shoes.

The treatment of nail infection is difficult because the infection is under and inside of the nail. This makes it hard for any treatment to reach and destroy the infection. In addition, even after successful treatment, many patients will experience re-occurrence of infection of their nails.  You should talk to your doctor about all of the currently available options for the treatment of nail infection.

The PinPointe™ FootLaser™ sends invisible laser energy into and through the nail and/or surrounding skin that is absorbed by the pigment in the fungal organisms. When the laser light is absorbed it causes the pigment in the organisms to heat and this heat damages or kills the fungal organisms. If all of the fungal organisms are killed, your toenail could grow out normally. Treatment of all of your nails will usually take about 30 minutes. Most patients only feel warmth during treatment and the laser treatment can be reduced or ended if the procedure becomes uncomfortable.

 

The PinPointe FootLaser provides your doctor with a new, safe and effective treatment for nail infection. In a clinical study, 71% of patients experienced sustained improvement in clear nail at 12 months.* The amount of nail improvement you may experience is dependent upon your individual circumstances and should be discussed with your doctor. The PinPointe FootLaser is indicated for use for the temporary increase of clear nail in patients with nail fungus infection.

*Clinical study results on file at NuvoLase

 

Your doctor has determined that you have a nail infection, also called onychomycosis. Nail infection can cause your nails to be discolored, thickened, brittle, and ‘crumbly’ and in some patients it can interfere with wearing shoes and/or cause pain when walking. This brochure is to help you understand what causes nail infection, what nail infection looks like, and the benefits, disadvantages and risks of the usual treatment choices. The information in this brochure does not take the place of talking with your doctor about your medical condition or your treatment.

 

Nail infections are usually caused by fungi (including yeasts and molds). Most fungal nail infections are caused by a group of fungi called dermatophytes, which means “skin plants” in Greek. The most common fungi that cause nail infection disease in animals and humans are Trichophyton rubrum, Trichophyton mentagrophyte, and Candida albicans. These fungi can live in the layer of dead skin around your nails, in the space under your nail, and in the nail itself.

 

Nail infection can cause permanent deformity of the nail that can interfere with being able to wear shoes, interfere with walking, and interfere with sports or other activities. Infected nails often have one or more of the following signs that may be unsightly:

 

•  Yellow streaks in the skin under the nail (the nail bed) and on the underside of the nail

•  Buildup of bits and pieces of skin and nail fragments under the nail

•  Discolored and thickened nail that may separate from the skin under the nail

•  Brittle, broken, and thickened nail

•  White spots or streaks on the nail surface

•  Soft and powdery nail surface (as the infection worsens)

•  Damaged, crumbly, and brown or gray nail surface (with no separation of the nail from the underlying skin)

 

 

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Treatments for infected nails include:

•  Oral drugs (taken by mouth and swallowed)

•  Topical drugs (applied to the surface of the nail and skin)

•  Laser treatment

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