Nails, Nails, Nails Top 5 Nail Trim Questions
Whether they are long, thick, crumbly, or a combination of all three, we are as obsessed with nails as Mötley Crüe is with girls. We love to entertain our YouTube fans with a dazzling nail transformation, but we also want to make sure we educate our audience as well.
We receive many questions about nails on our videos and we are going to answer the most common ones below!
Why/How Do the Nails Look Like That?
This is one of the most common questions we see in the comments. The most common assumption is that the patient(s) don’t take care of themselves. Having thick and discolored toenails does not mean that a person is nasty or that they neglect their health.
Fungal infections, such as the ones seen in our most recent YouTube video, are quite common.
Fungus lives in everyone’s shoes, and you can get it from almost anywhere. As we age, the circulation to our feet decreases making it more difficult to clear up a fungal infection and if left untreated, the nails will continue to become thicker.
Why Don’t You Just Remove All of the Nails?
Removing all of the nails is an option. If a patient requests for their nail to be removed we are happy to oblige, but this isn’t always the best option.
Many of the patients that come in for nail trims are older and either have decreased circulation, diabetes, or both. These conditions make it more difficult to heal the wound caused by a nail removal.
In addition, people simply want to keep their toenails. We discuss all possible treatment options, and many people decide to maintain their nails with routine nail trims at our office.
In the case featured in our recent YouTube video, the patient is also going to be treated with Mod Pod Repair, a topical antifungal that contains urea. This will help kill any fungus and decrease the thickness of the nail. With routine use of this product, we will be able to debride more of the nail at his next visit.
Why Did He/She Wait So Long?
The answer to this is pretty simple: people are embarrassed. There are so many people who come into our office embarrassed of how their feet look, but there is no reason to be embarrassed. Every condition we see is natural and super common, especially fungus.
That is why we film nail trims. We want people to know that it is okay, other people in the world deal with the same problems and there is something that can be done about it!
Will Insurance Cover My Nail Trim?
Nail trims are billable to your insurance every 9 weeks if you are diabetic or have poor circulation. These conditions make it hazardous for people to trim their nails.
If you were to accidentally nick yourself, it will be hard to heal and you run a higher risk
of infection, which can lead to other serious complications. However, we still offer nail trims if your insurance does not cover the service.
Why Didn’t You Trim/Smooth the Nail More?
The people in our nail trim videos, including the gentleman in our most recent video, have not had their nails trimmed in a very long time. This can cause increased sensitivity and can make the process slightly uncomfortable for the patient.
We trim and dremel as much as we can while keeping our patients comfortable. Each time the patient comes in we will be able to trim more of the nail. Our patients see significant improvement when they leave our office and will see more improvement with each visit.
Remember that good things take time!