We offer the best laser technology currently on the the market. The Cutera Laser for Nail Fungus.
|At 80 Watts of power this new laser is 20 times stronger than previous generation lasers for nail fungus which were rated at only 4 Watts.
The Cutera Laser is a safe and effective treatment for nail fungus.
It penetrates inside the nail where the nail fungus (dermatophytes) reside, killing the fungus instantly.
The laser light passes right through the tough nail plate killing the fungus with minimal pain and no damage to the surrounding tissues.
The laser procedure is done right in our office. Procedures usually take 20-30 minutes. They do NOT require any form of anesthesia and have minimal pain.
Most patients will feel just some heat generated by the laser. No pain medication is required after the procedure and you can go right back to work or any activity immediately after treatment.
In order to increase effectiveness, for one price, we offer three laser treatments for nail fungus. The second treatment is performed two months after the first, and the next treatment is performed two months later.
You will not see results right away. The laser will not change your existing nails. As the new nail grows in, it shows signs of clearing from the bottom of the nail as it grows. This usually takes 6-12 months depending on how fast individual’s nails grow.
In order to increase the chances of success, we combine our laser nail fungus treatment with the use of the best anti-fungal topical medication which is available for sale in our office. The use of topical anti-fungal medications also helps to prevent recurrence of the fungal infection.
Often, we use our specialized cooling spray nail grinder to reduce any thick nail tissue in order to increase penetration of the laser. This is usually a painless procedure.
Welcome to Dr. Silverberg’s Laser Nail Fungus Site. To the left there is a brief introduction to Laser Nail Fungus Treatment and the new Cutera Laser. Below that to the left is a list of my most recent blog posts. Just below this box you will find blog posts about nail fungus and the treatment of nail fungus, mostly laser treatment but other information on nail fungus too. The above navigation buttons will take you around this site. I hope you find it informative. Feel free to contact me with any questions about nail fungus, laser treatment of nail fungus and any other related topic. – Dr. Lawrence Silverberg
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The short answer is Cutera by far!
The full answer follows:
I used PinPointe for years and concluded it rarely works while the Cutera laser has about 70% chance of working.
PinPointe is basically an old technology laser made to look modern and to be used for nail fungus. Below is a comparison of the two lasers.
The PinPointe is only 4 watts compared to the Cutera’s much more powerful 80 watt strength.
The PinPointe has a 1mm spot size whereas the Cutera has a 5mm spot size. Spot size simply means how large an area the laser is delivered to. 1mm is about the size of a pencil point. 5mm is about the size of pencil eraser. Now imagine trying to cover an area with dots 1mm vs. 5mm. With the 1mm spot you are sure to miss some areas. If you use the 5mm spot and overlap 50% of each, you cannot miss any areas as you course back and forth, then up and down.
When I used the PinPointe I would spend 40 minutes or so covering the ten nails and was sure I was still missing spots. With the larger 5mm spot on the Cutera, I spend 15-20 minutes moving it around and I’m sure I’m not missing any areas.
In addition to having significantly superior power, size and technology, the Cutera is also better priced. The company that makes the PinPointe was the first to be FDA approved and therefore first to market. Without competitors they were able to fix prices in the following manner:
PinPointe would not sell doctors in NY the laser. They rented it to facilities and some doctors, however, they also made sure they made money every time the machine was used. Each time the laser was turned on, PinPointe took $600. Then the doctor and the surgery center where the laser was kept both also needed to make a profit. We had to charge enough to cover the cost of paying PinPointe, the surgery center’s employees, the light bill, insurances, and all the other costs of overhead when doing business.
Cutera then came along and got FDA approved for their superior laser. Cutera is a much more user friendly company. They sell the laser to the doctor and then the doctor can decide how much to charge the patients. Cutera cashes their check and then does not keep their hand in the doctor’s pocket anymore like PinPointe did.
I bought my laser and now own it completely. I am able to set the price of your procedure. I believe in making healthcare affordable. I built a very large practice by providing fair prices and make it up in volume when my patients refer their families and friends.
For example, I currently charge $300 for a pair of orthotics. My competitors charge $400 and up for the exact same devices. When I say the same I mean the same labs and types of orthotics. I believe my orthotics are the best in NYC. I make great custom orthotics for the best price in Manhattan.
Going back to price of orthotics, I know what my lab charges me, and I still make a nice profit charging my patients just $200 for custom orthotics. In my over 11 years (as of this writing) of practice, so many people have referred friends and family for orthotics because they are great and cost half of what other doctors charge. I hear stories all the time of patients talking to each other and discussing running with their orthotics and then price comes up. They can’t believe that their friend got my orthotics for half the price that they paid. The next time they need to replace their orthotics, guess who they go to.
Going back to the laser for nail fungus pricing, no insurance covers this laser procedure, therefore it is an out of pocket expense for everyone. I charge $600 for three treatments. Not $600 each, $600 total for all three.
Most doctors charge more than that for one treatment. I feel three treatments are necessary to increase success rates higher than with just one treatment. You can look at my fungus treatment as buy one for less than most other doctors, and get two free.
By owning the Cutera laser outright and not having to deal with (pay) any other companies, I am able to set my price as I see fit. Like my orthotic business model, you can imagine the conversations when one patient tells the other how they paid me half of what their friend paid for three times as many treatments.
So, in summary, Cutera exceeds PinPointe in price, power, spot size, technology and effectiveness. We have a clear winner!
Note: I’m sure the lawyers and PinPointe may disagree with some of the above information, therefore, let me take this opportunity to tell you that all the above is my opinion and what I feel is true.
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