KeryFlex Nail Restoration is a painless, in-office application that restores the appearance of an individual’s natural nails. This system allows us 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. It is unaffected by acetone, nail polishes or detergents.
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How Does it Work?
Similar to a dentist bonding a tooth, KeryFlex Nail Restoration is a procedure in which a resin material is applied and hardened with a special light, “bonding” the material to the nail to restore or improve the nail appearance.
Please note: 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 us if the KeryFlex Nail Restoration is right for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
The doctor will first trim and file down the damaged nail. This is performed with a nail clipper and electric file. Once the nail is prepared, we will begin the process of restoring the appearance of the nail by applying a honey-like resin. The material cured, or hardened with the use of an ultraviolet light. The doctor will then mold, shape and smooth the nail. Lastly, a sealant topcoat will be applied followed by a second curing process.
This procedure is painless and feels very much like getting a pedicure.
On average, we can complete the application of KeryFlex Bonding Agent, KeryFlex Resin, and KeryFlex Sealant, with UV light curing time included, in 15-30 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, we can file the artificial nail utilizing an electric drill until it is no longer attached to the natural nail.
In rare cases, allergies (redness, irritation) have been reported.
It is recommended that patients refrain from using any products on the natural nail 2 days prior to a KeryFlex procedure.
No. KeryFlex is an aesthetic procedure designed to improve the appearance of toenails damaged by fungus and other nail disorders.
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.
Can KeryFlex be trimmed by regular nail trimmers or do I have to return to your office for professional trimming?
A KeryFlex nail should be filed with a nail file or emery board to maintain a normal length. It should NOT be cut or clipped.
A KeryFlex nail is unaffected by acetone, nail polishes or detergents. Nail polish may be applied immediately after the KeryFlex sealant is cured and the remaining dispersion film has been removed with alcohol.
Yes. While KeryFlex is not a treatment for fungal nails, a topical antifungal may be applied around the cuticle area. A KeryFlex nail is non-porous and impermeable so application directly to the nail surface is not recommended. Application of any liquid products under the proximal tip should be avoided.
Yes. A KeryFlex nail may be applied immediately AFTER laser therapy and in between treatments. It is NOT recommended to laser through a KeryFlex nail.
No. KeryFlex was formulated with ingredients to protect against potential sun damage and yellowing.
Friction against shoes may cause a KeryFlex nail to chip, crack and reduce its overall integrity. Comfortable & properly fit shoes are recommended.