The appearance of your toenails isn’t necessarily on your radar when you think of attractiveness -- until you go shoe shopping and fall in love with a trendy pair of toe-out sandals. Then all of a sudden that mangled nail that never grew back right after your accident (or the toenail fungus you’ve been trying to tackle on your own) seem to scream “ugly and embarrassing.”
You really don’t want to keep your toes covered all the time, but you also don’t have the time to embark on a long treatment process. You just wish you could buy those shoes now and have healthy, attractive toenails as well.
Sounds like wishful thinking, right? Not necessarily, according to Dr. Jarna Rathod-Bhatt and Dr. Rahul Bhatt, our skilled podiatrists at Apple Podiatry Group. Think nail restoration. We provide this game-changing in-office treatment that can be done during your lunch break.
Nail restoration explained
Let’s unpack the topic by taking a look at what nail restoration is and how it works. Nail restoration is the ultimate cosmetic cover-up that restores the appearance of a damaged nail while the nail undergoing treatment beneath it heals and grows out. We perform nail restoration to address nail issues such as thickened, brittle, misshapen, or discolored nails.
Here at Apple Podiatry Group we use the KeryFlex Nail Restoration system. The treatment works similar to dental bonding.
After trimming and filing down the affected nail, we apply a bonding agent followed by a resin material. We use a special ultraviolet light to harden the resin, and then we shape and file this new artificial nail surface so that it matches your other nails. Finally, we apply a sealant, which is hardened or “cured” with the special light again.
What makes the whole process truly game changing is that in the time it takes you to pick up a latte at your favorite coffee shop, you get flawless-appearing toenails and everything can be done from the comfort of our office. Come in with ugly, embarrassing toenails and leave 30 minutes later with sandal-ready toenails you’ll be proud to show off.
Since nail growth is an ongoing process, we may recommend nail restoration treatment every six to eight weeks.
Why nail restoration?
There are a number of benefits to having your toenail(s) restored at our office.
1. Complements nail fungus treatment
Nail restoration can be used by itself or as a complementary service for patients undergoing treatment for fungal infections like onychomycosis.
Regardless of whether you’re being treated with oral antifungal medications or laser therapy, KeryFlex Nail Restoration can be performed simultaneously. Topical antifungal medications can even be applied around the cuticle area while you are undergoing nail restoration.
2. Promotes healthy nail growth
Aside from the obvious advantage of providing an enhanced cosmetic appearance, nail restoration treatment promotes healthy nail growth. With nail restoration the topside of your affected nails look beautiful, natural and healthy while underneath, the damaged nail has the opportunity to grow out and heal.
The best part is no one needs to know what’s going on, and we won’t tell them if you don’t. The only problem you might have is resisting the temptation of buying more toe-out shoes, and that’s a problem you can live with.
3. Addresses defects in nail shape, color and texture
Nail restoration is a highly versatile treatment modality for a wide variety of toenail maladies such as toe shape defects due to trauma or injuries. It’s also appropriate for discolored nails or thick or brittle nails.
4. Provides immediate cosmetic results
The fact that patients see immediate results makes it particularly popular with those who don’t want to wait for months of healing to restore healthy-looking nails.
If you’re among the 1 in 10 Americans who have toenail fungus, you know that getting clearer, healthy, attractive nails is a journey, not a sprint. But with nail restoration you literally can visualize what your healthy nails will look like from day one of treatment.
5. Allows other nail services to continue
Another great reason to consider nail restoration is that you don’t have to stop any of your regular nail services. Nail restoration treatment firmly bonds to your nail surface so you don’t have to worry that things like acetone, nail polish, or detergents will mess with your treatment.
If you’re tired of hiding your embarrassing toenails and want to learn if nail restoration is right for you, contact us at Apple Podiatry Group. Book an appointment right now or call one of our offices in Arlington or Irving, Texas.