PAIN LASER THERAPY
What is Laser Therapy?
Laser therapy is the use of specific wavelengths of light to treat painful and debilitating conditions.
How does it work?
Light energy enters the damaged cells and stimulates inter-cellular activity. This reduces pain in the area and speeds recovery of the damaged cells. Once the cells recover, the healing process is complete.
What can I expect during a treatment?
MLS Laser Therapy is a painless treatment that lasts an average of 8 minutes. You may experience a comfortable sensation at the point of application.
What can I expect after the treatment?
Most people experience positive results in 1 to 3 treatments, with the average course of treatment being 7 to 10 sessions. Swelling is greatly reduced and there is a rapid relief of pain. Acute conditions usually subside quickly, typically within one phase of treatments, while chronic conditions can be controlled with regular treatments. The effects of MLS Laser Therapy are cumulative; therefore, expect to see improvement as you proceed through your treatments recommended by your doctor or symptoms are likely to reoccur.
Understanding Nail Fungus
Fungi, including yeasts and molds, are typically the causes of nail infections, and most are cause by a group of fungi called dermatophytes. The most common fungi that cause nail infection disease in animals and humans are Trichophyton rubrum, Trichophyton mentagrophytes, 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.
What are the signs and symptoms of nail fungus?
Nail infection can cause permanent deformity of the nail, which can interfere with your being able to wear shoes, walking, sports and other activities. Infected nails often show one or more of the following signs:
- Yellow streaks in the skin under the nail, or 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 nails
- White spots or streaks on the nail surface
- Soft and powdery nail surface, which appears as the infection worsens
- Damaged, crumbly and brown or gray nail surface, with no separation of the nail from underlying skin
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How does the Foot Laser work?
The Foot Laser targets the fungus that lives in and under the nail. The laser light passes through the nail without causing damage to the nail or the surrounding skin. At the time of the procedure, the toenail will not become instantly clear- it takes time to grow out.
What can I expect in the provider's office?
The process begins with a consultation in which your provider, will explain the procedure that is to be performed and any follow-ups visits that my be required.
Is the procedure painful?
For most patients it is a virtually painless experience. Some may feel a warming sensation. An isolated few may feel a slight pinprick.
Is there a recovery period?
No. The procedure is a walk in/ walk out procedure.
How long does the procedure take?
The PinPointe Foot Laser procedure typically takes about 30 minutes.
Will the fungus grow back?
Many patients report seeing an improvement after one procedure. However, there is a chance of reinfection because the fungus is present everywhere in the environment. Your provider will recommend care techniques to help reduce a recurrence of the infection.
When it is safe to pain my nails or have a pedicure following the procedure?
You can apply polish immediately after the procedure. It is important that you remove all nail polis and nail decorations the day before your procedure.
Is the procedure covered by insurance?
This procedure is considered aesthetic and therefore health insurance does not provide coverage. The doctor will work out a payment plan, if needed.
Is the Foot Lase FDA cleared?
Yes, the device has received FDA clearance for the temporary increase of clear nail in patients with onychomycosis, or nail fungus.
These are some products that we provide for purchase in the office:
FORTINIA ANTIFUNGAL POWDER SPRAY
Fortinia™ (tolnaftate 1%) prevents the recurrence of most athlete’s foot infections with daily use. This antifungal spray powder absorbs moisture to keep feet and the areas between your toes dry. Fortinia relieves the symptoms of athlete’s foot, including itching, burning and cracking.
O'KEEFFE'S HEALTHY FEET, FOOT CREAM
Healthy Feet contains a high concentration of glycerin that draws in and retains moisture, which is necessary for healthy-feeling, hydrated skin. Healthy Feet contains more of a moisturizing ingredient, Allantoin, which helps to penetrate thicker and rougher skin on the feet.
O'KEEFFE'S WORKING HANDS, HAND CREAM
The skin’s natural barrier can be damaged. This damage to the skin barrier leads to increased water loss, which creates dry and cracked skin. O’Keeffe’s Working Hands not only protects skin from further water loss, but also draws moisture into the skin, utilizing a humectant. The protective barrier seals in that moisture, reducing the rate of evaporation.
If you need any other products please call our office at: (929) 329-3767
OUR TREATMENT PRICING
OFFICE VISIT - EVALUATION
House calls are provided by Dr. Spyros Tsoumpariotis every Tuesday and Wednesday. We see patients in parts of Queens, Brooklyn and Nassau counties. House calls are $125 without insurance. Most insurance plans are accepted, but an additional fee of $10 a visit will be charged.