Suzanne L. Mancherian, DPM
Podiatrist located in Los Angeles, CA & Glendale, CA
Nail Replacement Q & A
What is toenail replacement?
When toenails are damaged or suffering from a toenail fungus infection, patients can feel embarrassed about the appearance of their feet. Dr. Mancherian offers toenail replacement services to create a smooth and healthy looking artificial nail to cover the damaged toenail. The damage or infection is treated, and the false nail allows the natural nail to grow in underneath.
What is Keryflex?
Keryflex is a toenail replacement system that is used in patients whose toenails have been damaged by trauma or as a result of diseases or infection. Diseases and trauma that affect the nail beds or the nail structure can cause nails to become misshapen, discolored or otherwise unattractive. Keryflex works by restoring the natural appearance of the nail without interfering with the normal growth of the remaining nail. The process uses a special flexible resin combined with light activators to create a nail that looks completely natural and blends in with neighboring toenails to help patients feel more confident about the appearance of their feet. Keryflex can also help protect the sensitive nail bed portion of the toe. Keryflex is not, in itself, a treatment for fungal infections or other conditions, but rather a cosmetic restoration to improve the appearance of damaged nails. It can be used in conjunction with laser for toenail fungus to assist the healthy nail in growing without exposure to reinfection
How is Keryflex applied?
Keryflex is a liquid resin that is applied in layers to create a toenail that looks healthy and normal. The product uses three special solutions – a bonding agent to help ensure the resin bonds with the skin, the resin material itself, and a special sealer to provide added strength and a smooth surface. After application of the materials, a special UV light will be applied to aid in curing the material so it becomes hard and durable. Then, the nail will be carefully shaped and buffed so it looks natural and attractive.
Can the nail be removed?
Yes, once natural nail growth has been achieved or if the nail needs to be removed for any other reason, it can be professionally removed using special techniques.
How often does Keryflex need to be applied to maintain the appearance?
Application frequency can vary based on the rate of nail growth, but generally, Keryflex will need to be reapplied every six to eight weeks.