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Toenail Restoration

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Toenail restoration is a procedure that aims to improve the appearance and condition of damaged or unsightly toenails. It is usually performed on individuals who have toenails that are discolored, thickened, cracked or otherwise damaged due to factors such as trauma, fungal infections or other medical conditions.

There are different methods and techniques for toenail restoration depending on the specific needs and condition of the toenail. Nail reconstruction involves using specialised materials such as gel or acrylic to create a new artificial nail surface. Toenail repair techniques can be employed if the toenail is partially damaged or has cracks or splits. Fungal treatment involves a combination of antifungal medication, topical treatments, and regular maintenance to improve the appearance and health of the toenail.

Toenail restoration procedures are typically performed by qualified podiatrists. It is important to consult with a professional to determine the most appropriate approach for your specific condition and to ensure proper care and hygiene during the restoration process.



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Frequently Asked Questions about Toenail Restoration

KeryFlex is a painless, in-office application that restores the appearance of an individual’s natural nails. This system allows for a certified foot care provider to remodel an individual’s damaged nails affected by fungus, defects or trauma. The composite resin creates a flexible, but durable, non-porous nail that allows the remaining natural nail to grow. The KeryFlex nail is an immediate cosmetic improvement providing a natural-looking nail.

On average, a foot care provider can complete the application of KeryFlex Bonding Agent, KeryFlex Resin, and KeryFlex Sealant, with UV light curing time included, in 15-45 minutes depending on the how many nails needs to be reconstructed.

The interval between applications will vary according to the individual , but in general, the time between applications is 6 to 8 weeks. Rarely, a KeryFlex nail may detach from the natural nail. This can occur with repeated trauma to the KeryFlex nail. For example, with long-distance running, when individual has a small natural nail segment or the nail edge has extended beyond the tip of the toe.

KeryFlex does not bind to skin, therefore, the presence of at least 15% of the natural nail is recommended.

A KeryFlex nail becomes permanently bound to the natural nail. To remove the nail, your podiatrist can file the artificial toenail utilising an electric drill until it is no longer attached to the natural nail.

In rare cases, allergies (redness, irritation) have been reported.

KeryFlex is not for everyone. KeryFlex Nail Restoration should not be used on individuals with peripheral vascular disease, arterial insufficiency, peripheral neuropathy, suspicious pigmented lesions on the nail or in-grown toenails. It should be avoided in patients who are pregnant, nursing or known to be sensitive or allergic to any of its ingredients. Ask your podiatrist if the KeryFlex Nail Restoration is right for you.

Acrylic nails are rigid and do not bend with the natural movement of the toes. As a result, acrylic nails applied to the toenails can cause damage to the layer of tissue under the nail (nail bed). Acrylic nails are also applied using strong acids which irritate the nail bed and can further damage the existing nail.

KeryFlex is flexible, yet durable, and designed specifically for the toes. It’s free of harsh acids used in salon systems. Keryflex is non-porous and will not allow moisture to permeate and get between the natural and prosthetic nails. KeryFlex’s medical grade resin is impregnated with the hydroxypyridone antifungal ingredient Piroctone.

Yes. A KeryFlex nail may be applied immediately AFTER anti-fungal laser therapy and in between treatments.