ClearPlan™ Fungal Treatment Protocol
Our fungus protocol with class IV laser treatments achieves the healthy nails and feet you won't want to hide this summer. And our value-based maintenance program will keep them looking that way!
PinPointe FootLaser™ is clinically proven to eradicate unsightly toenail fungus.
How Does the Laser Work?
PinPointe FootLaser operates in the light spectrum of near infrared light. By design, it safely destroys the fungi, molds, and bacteria, the germs that discolor and deform toenails.
Is this Laser Painful?
The gentle laser light beam has no effect on healthy tissue. There is no, or very little discomfort, during or after the treatment. It does not harm or affect your activity in any way.
How Long Does a Laser Treatment Take?
A fungus visit can take up to forty minutes with evaluation and sanding, however, laser treatment alone takes fifteen minutes to perform.
Is this Treatment Safe?
Clinical studies have found no adverse reactions, injuries, disabilities, or known side effects.
Does Insurance Pay for Laser Therapy?
No. Insurance carriers most often pay for your office visit and evaluation to determine whether your nails are infected with a fungus or pathogens, including a fungal culture. However, because laser nail treatment is considered cosmetic, health insurance carriers do not cover the cost of the laser.
May I Use an HSA to Pay for Laser?
If your insurance carrier offers an HSA (health spending account), you may be able to use your HSA funds to pay for your laser nail treatment.
How much Does Laser Therapy Cost?
Laser costs $300.00 per session and includes all ten toenails. However, laser sales are regularly offered. Call to ask if there's a sale price available.
What Other Expenses are Related to Laser Therapy?
Patients are responsible for physician's visits for fungal evaluations and a $15.00 post-laser kit. The kit includes: six disposable nail sanders, and Clean Sweep (a natural silver shoe spray). Two prescriptions for anti-fungal medications to treat both nails and skin may also be prescribed.
Does it Really Work?
Yes, especially when used as a component of a larger treatment plan which includes: regularly treating shoes for fungus; applying anti-fungal topicals to feet and nails; engaging in regularly scheduled laser treatments; and keeping one's environment clean, including floors, bedsheets, socks and showers.
Is it Guaranteed?
No guarantees are ever made in medicine and fungus treatment is no exception. Ridding toenails of fungus is dependent on variables such as one's commitment to a larger treatment protocol, including the twice daily application of two topical medications, a bi-weekly ritual sanding of all ten toenails, meticulous environmental hygiene, regularly treating one's shoe collection with an all natural antimicrobial spray, and treating the skin of the foot and ankle for tinea pedis. Some patients may require oral medications for severe infections. Most patients don't take into account the amount of work and expense associated with fungus treatment; it takes time, energy and resources. Furthermore, fungus is especially difficult to eradicate because it proliferates easily and is abundant in our environment. Laser therapy for fungal toenails is a small yet significant component of a much larger treatment protocol. It's effective in destroying toenail fungus, but without a commitment to all of the above variables (and then some) chronic reinfection will certainly impede success.
Who Qualifies for Fungal Laser Therapy?
Patients with diabetic or non-diabetic foot neuropathy, peripheral vascular disease or those who are pregnant, or nursing are not candidates for laser treatment.
How Many Treatments Before I'm Clear?
It depends on your level of infection. Most patients require no less than three laser treatments and the average number lies between four and five. Badly infected nails may take up to a year before they become healthy. Mildly infected nails may become clear within a few months.
What Happens After I Achieve Clear Nails?
When the physician determines that clear, healthy nails have been achieved, a fungal culture is performed. If the culture is negative, the patient is discharged from the treatment protocol and moved into ClearPlan™ maintenance.
What is ClearPlan™ Maintenance?
Patients who have achieved healthy, fungus free nails are eligible for ClearPlan™ Maintenance. There is no cost to enroll and members receive discounted laser therapy for a span of two years after being discharged from treatment protocol.
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*The Fine Print:
Physician visits and fungal testing at patient's expense are required. Max 3 discounted laser treatments per year for two years in ClearPlan.™ ClearPlan™ begins at the date of protocol discharge. Additionally, any time a patient is evaluated for progress by one of our physicians, the price of an office visit is incurred.
On average, a toenail will replace itself every 6-9 months. The goal of our protocol is to kill the colonies of germs living in your nails so that new, healthy nail has opportunity to grow. Infected nails can become better looking during treatment, but that's mostly due to the sanding the physician performs. Discolored and dystrophic nails must have their colonies eradicated, grow out and be cut away. Our aim is that your new growth will come in healthy and remain healthy.