Isn’t There a FASTER Way to Get Rid of Fungal Nails?

Jan 28, 2021

Were you hoping to get your fungal toenails cleared up so you can rock those cute sandals on your vacation in a few weeks? A few years ago, you would have been completely out of luck. 

While medical treatments for fungal toenails have a fairly high success rate—provided you are rigorously disciplined about following your podiatrist’s treatment plan—they can take an agonizingly long time to produce full results. We’re talking six months to a year in most cases!

However, that’s not the case anymore. In fact, if you wish, you can now instantly restore a healthy and natural appearance to your toenails in a single brief appointment! The system is called KeryFlex Nail Restoration, and it provides a convenient, low-to-no-risk shortcut to cosmetic results without impeding the normal healing process.

Why Fungal Nails (Used to) Take So Long to Clear Up

Consider this analogy.

If there’s a major fire in your house, you can call the fire department to put it out. But putting out the fire doesn’t mean your home goes back to the exact way it was. It will still take time to repair what has been damaged.

The same is true for fungal toenails. Medical treatments like oral and topical antifungal remedies kill the fungus underneath the nail. Once they are successful, new nail that grows afterward should be clear and smooth. But the parts of the nail that have been warped previously still need to grow out, and that process can take up to a year (or more) depending on how fast your nails grow.

Unfortunately, there’s another problem, too. Even if you successfully treat the fungus underneath your nails, reinfection is always a threat—especially if you continue to wear the same shoes or engage in the same activities that enabled you to contract it in the first place. If you aren’t resolutely dedicated to ongoing prevention strategies, this could easily be your result.

What KeryFlex Can Do For You

KeryFlex, quite simply, can take that 6-12 month timeline for cosmetic results and shorten it to about 15-30 minutes

Yes, you read that right.

There’s a more detailed breakdown on our KeryFlex service page, but essentially what we’re doing is constructing, modeling, and bonding a new “artificial” nail made from a high-grade, flexible, breathable, non-porous resin.

Inside the span of about half an hour or less, we will:

  • Debride your damaged fungal nail, leaving just enough to form a secure bond with the KeryFlex nail, and apply a bonding agent.
  • Put down the first coat of KeryFlex resin, cure it under a UV light, and repeat with additional coats as necessary.
  • Buff, seal, and cure the finished nail.

The new nail should look and feel very natural. It’ll grow out with your natural nail, and you can even file and paint it, as it is completely unaffected by acetone, polishes, or detergents.

More good news: because the high-grade medical resin is compatible with human tissue, there’s virtually no risk of irritating reactions with your skin. And because it’s non-porous, it won’t let in and trap moisture between the natural and prosthetic nail.

That last note, incidentally, is one of the big reasons why you should NEVER attempt to just “hide” your fungal toenails with a cheap artificial nail, as these have a bad tendency to trap moisture and make your underlying infection worse

Limitations and Considerations

We love KeryFlex and recommend it to many of our patients, especially those who are looking for fast and remarkable cosmetic results. However, there are a few important things to keep in mind.

  • KeryFlex is an aesthetic treatment, not a medical treatment. You will still need to undergo medical treatment for your fungal nails to eradicate the underlying infection and allow new, natural nails to grow in healthy and clear. Fortunately, KeryFlex does not inhibit medical treatment in any way—you can do both with no tradeoffs.
  • Not everyone is well suited to KeryFlex. We generally do not recommend this procedure for people with circulatory problems, neuropathy, ingrown toenails, specific allergies, or pregnant and nursing women. 
  • You may need to come back in for a reapplication a few times before your fungal infection has been fully treated and new nail tissue comes in healthy. For most people, a single application of KeryFlex lasts about 6 to 8 weeks.

Beyond this, though, there are very few caveats. KeryFlex is safe, effective, and comes with few if any downsides for qualified candidates. If you simply don’t want to wait months to see clear nails again, KeryFlex may be right up your alley!

We’d love to help you get your nails looking great now, start your medical treatment at the same time, and give you whatever guidance and recommendations you need to prevent reinfection later. Just give us a call at (405) 418-2676, or connect with us online to schedule. 

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