Toenail reconstruction is a cosmetic or medical procedure performed by a podiatrist. We use a specialist gel that is layered either directly onto the nail or nail bed if no nail is present due to trauma or surgery. This creates a brand new nail or covers unsightly or misshapen nails so that the nail is more aesthetically pleasing.

Nail reconstruction is not a permanent solution. The length of time that the nail reconstruction lasts will vary from person to person. The new nail will generally last between 4 and 6 weeks but can last longer depending on how much of the nail is damaged; after this time the reconstructed nail is removed and reapplied.

The treatment procedure:

  • If you have a nail the podiatrist will begin by reducing the nail and removing as much of the diseased nail as possible. The nail is then roughened with the file
  • The toenail is cleaned to remove oil and disinfected
  • A solution containing an anti-fungal is applied to the nail plate/nail bed to enhance the bonding of the gel
  • The podiatrist will then apply the gel in layers, with each layer being hardened under a UV light. As soon as the desired look and thickness has been achieved the nail is then filed and buffed smooth
  • Finally, if desired, a high gloss layer can be applied
  • A reconstructed toenail may be treated in exactly the same way as you would treat a normal nail, this means that you can also apply nail varnish and use a nail varnish remover