Keryflex ™ – Nail Restoration System
By: Corinne Gehegan, DPM
Keryflex ™ is a nail restoration system designed to create a more cosmetically pleasing appearance of the nail. The system creates an artificial, but natural appearing nail by utilizing high quality synthetic resins that are cured by an ultraviolet light. This is an in office procedure that generally requires 10-15 minutes per nail. Patients may use this cosmetic approach during oral treatment for onychomycosis (fungal nails).
It may also be utilized by patients who have nail disorders that are otherwise non treatable such as nail deformities due to previous trauma. The artificial nail is durable yet flexible. Patients may paint the nail with nail polish and may remove the polish even with acetone based products. The artificial nail is not affected by water, polish, or polish removers as it is nonporous. Patients may require a reapplication in 6-8 weeks. Should the patient decide to remove the Keryflex ™, the doctor can easily do so with the use of a dremmel or electric file. For more details please visit www.keryflex.com.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is KeryFlex?
KeryFlex is a nail restoration system that uses polymer resins and special activators to create a durable, yet flexible artificial nail when exposed to a certain frequency of ultraviolet light.
How long does it take to apply KeryFlex?
On average, in experienced hands, a podiatrist can complete the application of KeryFlex Bond, KeryFlex Resin, and KeryFlex Seal, with curing time included, in 10-15 minutes for the hallux. Initially, you should allow 15 minutes for an application of KeryFlex to the hallux.
After Keryflex is applied, how soon must the patient return for another application?
The interval between applications will vary according to the patient, but in general, the time between applications is six to eight weeks.
What if the patient wants to have a KeryFlex nail removed?
If the patient wants to have the nail removed, the podiatrist can dremel the artificial nail until it is no longer attached to the natural nail.
Are the KeryFlex patient kits reusable?
No. To minimize the risk of infection or reinfection, and to ensure proper performance of the resin, the KeryFlex patient kit has been designed for single use with one patient. When you have finished using the KeryFlex kit with a patient, any remaining material must be discarded.
Is KeryFlex a treatment for onychomycosis and related nail disorders?
KeryFlex is NOT a treatment for onychomycosis or related nail disorders. KeryFlex is designed for use as a cosmetic to make a patient’s nail appear more attractive
Have any adverse events of side effects been reported with KeryFlex use?
The manufacturer of KeryFlex, Wilde GmBH, has not reported any adverse events with the use of KeryFlex according to the manufacturer’s directions.
Can patients use nail polish and nail polish remover on a KeryFlex nail?
Yes, patients can use nail polish and nail polish remover on a KeryFlex nail.
To schedule an appointment call (201) 840-7373.