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Keryflex Nail Restoration: Everything You Need To Know

Updated: Nov 6, 2023

Nail health is not just about the look or the aesthetics of your nails; how your nails look can tell a lot about your overall health and well-being. For many people who have unfortunately experienced nail trauma or have been infected with nail fungus, the impact of these things can be both physical and emotional. This is where Keryflex Nail Restoration comes into the picture. Keryflex offers a solution for people looking for healthier-looking nails. In this post, we will deep dive into all things Keryflex and I'll answer the most commonly asked questions about this game-changer for problematic nails.

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What is Keryflex?

Keryflex is a nail restoration system designed to cosmetically improve damaged toenails. Keryflex is a resin-based system that creates a flexible artificial nail, that still allows the remaining natural nail to grow. Keryflex is applied by a podiatrist/foot doctor or other trained professional. For those with nail fungus, Keryflex can be used alongside your anti-fungal treatment while your new nail is growing out. This helps improve the aesthetic and cosmetic look of your nail temporarily while treating the underlying cause of the nail being different in color or thickness. To view the step-by-step process for the Keryflex application, I've added at YouTube video below that details this process.

Steps to having Keryflex applied to your nail:

  • Your foot doctor will see if you are the right candidate for Keryflex. They will go over your health history, an exam will be done, and a conversation will take place about your goals for treatment with Keryflex.

2. Nail is prepped

  • The nail that Keryflex will be applied to is trimmed and filed with an electric file. Any nail that is not attached to the nail bed is removed.

3. Keryflex bond is applied

  • This, along with some of your natural nail, allows the Keryflex to bond to your toe

4. Keryflex resin is applied

  • The resin is what the prosthetic nail is made out of. It is pained on top of your nail bed and remaining natural nail, and shaped into place.

5. Keryflex is hardened

  • A UV lamp is used to cure or harden the Keryflex in place. This takes roughly 2 minutes.

6. Additional Keryflex resin can be applied

  • To get a nail thickness and shape that is the most natural, additional layers of Keryflix resin can be applied

7. Keryflex is hardened again

  • Any new layers of Keryflex are then cured under a UV lamp again

8. New Keryflex nail is filed and buffed

  • This gives the nail its final shape and thickness

Benefits of Keryflex Include:

1. Flexibility

  • Keryflex is flexible, unlike an acrylic nail, which makes is much less likely for Keryflex to lift from the nail prematurely or do cause additional damage to your toenail because it can flex and bend along with your natural nail.

2. Non-porous

  • Keryflex is non-porous, meaning that no moisture can pass through the Keryflex and sit between this and your natural nail. This lowers the risk of developing a fungal or bacterial nail infection.

3. Anti-fungal

  • Keryflex contains Piroctone Olamine, which helps stop the growth of fungal infections.

4. Acid- free

  • Keryflex doesn't contain any harsh acids, which can irritate your nail bed and surrounding skin.

5. Long lasting

  • Keryflex can last from 6-10 weeks

6. Instant change

  • At the end of your appointment, your nail will have a new look thanks to Keryflex. There is no downtime.

Who can Keryflex be used on?

Keryflex can be used on the following nail diseases/issues

  • Nail fungus or onychomycosis

  • Post-traumatic nail changes

  • Spoon-shaped nails or Koilonychia

  • Horizontal ridges / Beau’s Lines

  • Brittle and splitting nails

  • Psoriasis

  • Discolored nails

  • After nail laser procedure

Who should Keryflex not be used on?

Keryflex should not be used on people with the following conditions

  • Ingrown toenails

  • Peripheral vascular disease or PVD

  • Peripheral neuropathy

  • PAD or Peripheral Arterial Disease

  • Suspicious pigmented lesions on nail

  • Pregnancy

  • Breastfeeding

  • Sensitivity or allergy to any KeryFlex ingredients

Frequently Asked Questions about Keryflex:

1. Is Keryflex painful?

  • No, the process for Keryflex applied is pain-free.

2. Can I paint over a Keryflex nail or get a pedicure?

  • Yes, you can apply regular nail polish or get a pedicure as you would with a natural nail. It's also easy to remove regular nail polish without affecting the Keryflex nail.

  • Do not get gel, shellac, or dip powder pedicures as these need to be filed off, and doing this can also remove the Keryflex.

3. How long does the Keryflex nail last?

  • On average, a Keryflex nail can last for about 6-8 weeks.

  • However, this will be different from person to person depending on how fast your nails grow, and also what activities to take part in like running, dancing, etc.

4. Is Keryflex a cure for fungal nail infections?

  • No, Keryflex is a temporary cosmetic treatment.

  • Keryflex does not treat, cure, or prevent any underlying conditions, including nail fungus.

  • If you think you have nail fungus, speak with your foot doctor to talk about possible treatment options.

5. Can I wear shoes or go swimming after having a Keryflex nail applied?

  • Yes, a Keryflex nail is durable and waterproof.

6. Does the Keryflex system have any side effects?

  • Majority of people will do well with Keryflex

  • However, some people may experience mild skin irritation.

7. How is Keryflex removed?

  • Removal should be done by a podiatrist or trained professional using a nail drill or by simply letting it grow out with the natural nail.

8. Will insurance cover Keryflex treatment?

  • Because Keryflex is an cosmetic treatment, it is not covered by insurance.

9. How much does Keryflex cost?

  • At Direct Podiatry Arizona, Keryflex costs $125 for the first nail. This does not include the office visit fee.

Schedule Your Appointment For Keryflex At Direct Podiatry Arizona

Looking for a foot doctor that applies Keryflex in Phoenix, AZ? My name is Dr. Tarr, I am the owner of Direct Podiatry Arizona in Tempe. To view my available appointment times, click here.

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