Both laser systems are FDA cleared for treating fungal nails (toenail fungus and fingernail fungus). Both share a similar 1064nm Nd-yag laser setting. The system by Cutera has more features including adjustable spot size, higher watts settings (more powerful optional settings) and can also use a 1332nm wave length laser beam (which some companies/doctors claim works best for nail infections). The Pinpointe system is an older system which from the information available seems to be a modified dental laser, it only has one setting and Patholase the parent company of Pinpointe is a smaller less known company. Cutera is a publically traded company on the New York stock exchange and claims to have over 10,000 laser systems installed worldwide. The Cutera GenesisPlus system features a built in LED temperature gauge (which the Pinpointe system does not), this safety feature helps alert the doctor using the laser as to the heat of the nails during the procedure so that they don’t get to hot.
Onychomycosis is a fungal infection of the toenails or fingernails. This ailment causes fingernails or toenails to thicken, discolor, disfigure, and split. At first glance, onychomycosis appears to be only a cosmetic concern. However, without treatment, the toenails can become abnormally thick forcing the toe to press against the inside of the shoes, causing pressure, irritation, and pain. Generally, onychomycosis does host any symptoms. Individuals seek treatment for cosmetic reason, not because they are experiencing pain. However, if the disease continues to progress without treatment, onychomycosis may interfere with standing, walking, and exercising. Onychomycosis is easily identified by its appearance. However, there are similar conditions and infections that can cause the nails to host a similar appearance to onychomycosis.