The Keryflex Nail Restoration system is a safe, pain-free application that restores the appearance of damaged or unsightly nails. KeryFlex may be suitable for you if you are unhappy with the appearance of your nails due to discolouration or damage, if you’ve recently completed antifungal laser treatment and are waiting for the nail to grow back, or as a short-term treatment to repair a broken or split nail.
KeryFlex does not bind to skin, so it is only suitable for those toes with a minimum of 15% of the natural nail remaining.
How does it work?
KeryFlex uses a light-cured resin to create a durable, flexible artificial nail. While acrylic nails are widely available at cosmetic nail salons, they are rigid and do not bend with the natural movement of the toes, causing micro-trauma to the nail bed. Acrylic nails are also applied with strong acids which can irritate the nail bed and damage the existing nail.
In contrast, KeryFlex is flexible, durable, free from harsh acids and a medical grade resin which is impregnated with an antifungal ingredient. It is only available through podiatrists and always applied in podiatry clinics which abide by strict infection control regulations. It provides the appearance of a normal, cosmetically pleasing nail and allows the remaining natural nail to continue to grow.
How is it applied?
Your podiatrist will first prepare the damaged nail by filing and trimming it as much as possible. A resin is then applied and hardened under an ultraviolet light. Your podiatrist will then mould and smooth the nail into its proper shape before a sealant is applied and the nail is cured a final time under the light.
The procedure is completely painless and will take 30 minutes or less depending on the number of nails being treated.
How long does it last?
Time between applications will vary, but as a rule the time between applications is six to eight weeks. The KeryFlex nail should not be trimmed between visits but can be filed at home to maintain a normal length.
Is it safe for me?
KeryFlex is a very safe treatment, however it is not recommended for people with peripheral vascular disease, arterial insufficiency, peripheral neuropathy, undiagnosed lesions under the nail or recurring ingrown toenails. You are also unable to continue with application of a topical antifungal nail treatment while a KeryFlex nail is in place, although some other antifungal treatments are still viable, and it can be used as a temporary measure to conceal the affected fungal nail for special occasions. Feel free to contact us for a confidential discussion if you are unsure whether KeryFlex is appropriate for you.