Toenail reconstruction is the process of rebuilding/recreating a new nail over a previously damaged nail for cosmetic purposes. The new nail is created and secured in place over an unsightly, misshapen or missing nail. A specialist hybrid gel is used, shaped to match existing nails and hardened with UV light. The result is a nail that looks and feels just like a natural nail.
What are the benefits or toenail reconstruction?
- 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 will not be damaged or have its growth restricted.
- The new nail can have polished applied as a natural nail (avoid nail varnish removers that contain acetone)
Who should consider toenail reconstruction?
Anyone who is not happy with the look of their nail, but patients who suffer from the following is a guide:
- Fungal nails
- Thick and discoloured nails
- Cracked/Split nails
- Reduced nails following trauma
- Nails with an abnormal shape or growth
- Discoloured nails
- Psoriatic nails
Treatment at Nenagh Footcare Clinic
At Nenagh Footcare Clinic we understand the anxiety and disappointment that a damaged nail can have on your moral. We know that it can prevent or alter your footwear choices, especially where the big toenail is involved.
At Nenagh Fotocare Clinic we offer toenail reconstruction using the latest development in nail technology which is a poly-acryl gel. It is neither an acrylic nor a gel, but a hybrid system that combines the best of both worlds. It has no strong odour or harmful chemicals and is hygienic and easy to shape to match in with your own nails.
How long will my reconstructed toenail last?
While each patient is different, as long as you have some natural nail present, most get approximately 6 weeks out of their new nail.
If however your entire natural nail is missing (perhaps following a total nail avulsion) then the new nail will likely only stay in place for a day. This is due to the natural oils secreted, and skin shedding process of the skin, therefore the new nail is not able to bind to skin for an extended length of time. In this case it can be advised to use a hypoallergenic nail glue to glue the nail back to the nail bed for a temporary period of time.
Toenail Reconstruction is not advised if……
- You wear tight/high heeled shoes for prolonged periods of time
- Prolonged bathing, saunas, hot tubs will loosen nails
- You play intense sporting activities such as set dancing, cycling etc. Certain sports will pose too much pressure on the prosthetic nail and will loosen it.
- You have wounds/ulcers on the nail bed.