Frequently Asked Questions

KERYflex Nail Restoration System

KERYflex named as one of the Top Ten innovations in podiatric care by Podiatry Today

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, the application of Keryflex Bond, Keryflex Resin, and Keryflex Seal, with curing time included, in 10-15 minutes for the hallux (great toe). 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 a patient wants to have a Keryflex nail removed?

If the patient wants to have the nail removed, the podiatrist can use a dremel (hand- held rotary tool)to remove the artificial nail until it is no longer attached to the natural nail.


Are 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 (one patient). When a podiatrist/nail technician/medical assistant is finished using the KeryFlex kit with a patient, any remaining material is discarded.


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.


What are the components of the Keryflex Nail Restoration System?

The components consist of the following:

Component

Ingredients

KeryflexResin

Urethane acrylate oligomer, aliphatic polyesterurethane acrylate, HPMA, polyesterurethane acrylate silica piroctone olamine, BHT, p-hydroxyanisole hydroquinone, Clear: Methylbenzoylformiate, Opaque: Titanium dioxide, Methylbenzoylformiate, Pastel: Titanium dioxide, CI 45410:2, CI 15850,methylbenzoylformiate

KeryflexBond

Alcohol, HEMA, aqua (Water), acylphosphine, pentaerythrityl tetra-di-t-butyl hydroxyhydrocinnamate, piroctone olamine, BHT, p-hydroxyanisole

KeryflexSealant

DI-HEMA Trimethylhexyl dicarbamate, polyetherpolyol tetraacrylate, polyesterurethane acrylate, silica, acylphosphine, benzoyl isopropanol, BHT, p-hydroxyanisole


Is Keryflex a treatment for Onychomycosis (nail fungus) and related nail disorders?

Keryflexis 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.


Is it beneficial to combine Keryflex treatment with laser treatment?

Combined treatments work well because the patient does not have to wait several months for the new nail to clear. They can instantly have a beautiful nail. Patient satisfaction is very high.

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.


What do ideal Keryflex patients suffer from?

  • Onychomycosis
  • Nail shape changes due to injury
  • Spoon shaped nails
  • Horizontal ridges
  • Brittle and splitting nails
  • Split nails
  • Discolored nails
  • Laser patients

Who are the NOT ideal patients?

  • In-grown toenails
  • Symptomatic peripheral vascular disease
  • Arterial insufficiency
  • Suspicious pigmented lesions on natural nail

What does the resin gel do?

  • Contains a widely used anti-fungal ingredient
  • Seals a prepared nail bed
  • Available in three colors: opaque, clear and natural
  • Responsive to a specific wavelength of ultraviolet light

How does the resin work?

The resin creates a flexible, nonporous artificial nail, allowing remaining natural nail to re-grow. There is a possible improvement of nail infection because the resin provides a non-permeable resin nail barrier. It provides the optimal restoration and cosmetic beauty for non-treatable dystrophic nail disorders.


Will my insurance cover the cost of treatment?

Most insurance carriers cover the cost of the consultation with the podiatrist for the foot examination and preliminary treatment. The actual Keryflex treatment cost is not covered.