KeryFlex Nail Restoration

KeryFlex Nail Restoration in Keysborough

KeryFlex Nail Restoration is a procedure performed by a podiatrist to create a new toenail if the original nail is damaged or not aesthetically pleasing. The process of toenail reconstruction involves the application of layers of a special gel (made from medical grade resin) to the damaged nail/portion of the nail bed, onto which UV light is focused in order to harden the gel. The gel used in toenail reconstruction is different to that used to create acrylic nails.

Types Of Nails That Will Benefit From KeryFlex Nail Restoration

  • Fungal nails
  • Thick and/or Discoloured nails
  • Cracked nails
  • Damaged nails following trauma
  • Nails with an abnormal shape or growth
  • Psoriatic nails

Benefits of KeryFlex Nail Restoration

  • The reconstructed nail looks and feels like a natural nail
  • Improves confidence and morale
  • The new nail is flexible so can move naturally as the toe moves
  • The gel contains no aggressive chemicals
  • The natural nail and nail bed remains undamaged
  • The new nail can have polished applied as a natural nail
  • The new nail can be treated in exactly the same way as the previous natural nail


KeryFlex is a painless, in-office application that restores the appearance of an individual’s natural nails. This system allows for a certified podiatrist to remodel an individual’s damaged nails affected by fungus, defects or trauma. The medical grade 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 podiatrist 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 how many nails need 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 an 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 nail utilizing an electric drill until it is no longer attached to the natural nail.

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.

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.

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. If doing this is difficult, see your podiatrist for help.

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.

Friction against shoes may cause a KeryFlex nail to chip, crack and reduce its overall integrity. Comfortable & properly fit shoes are recommended.

If lifting of the KeryFlex nail is going occur, it will typically occur within the first 3 days after application. Lifting will occur and is to be expected when a very small nail natural segment is present.

What To Expect During The Procedure

1st step – Your podiatrist will prepare the nail by removing any loose nail and reducing the thickness if needed. The surface of the nail will be filed to produce a rough exterior.

2nd step – Your podiatrist will then clean the nail by removing any dirt or oil and disinfecting the area.

3rd step – A binding agent is applied to the surface of the nail to dehydrate the nail surface, this helps the resin bind to the nail plate.

4th step – A medical grade resin is then applied in liquid form onto the surface of the natural nail/nail bed. The gel is applied in layers using UV light to harden the gel after each layer.

5th step – Once the nail is formed into an appropriate thickness, it is shaped and smoothed over and in some cases a layer of gloss is applied.

For a successful nail restoration procedure we require that you have at least 15% of your natural nail present.

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