Surgical Manicure Instruments

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Surgical Manicure Instruments
Perform a salon-quality manicure in your own home. (manicure table image by Leticia Wilson from

Manicures are a way for a woman to relax and look beautiful. Salons and spas offer a variety of services beyond simple fingernail painting. Many tools are used during a manicure to help your hands and nails look simply stunning. Surgical-quality instruments ensure you receive the highest-quality service from your manicure.

Nail and Cuticle Scissors

Nail scissors are a small pair of scissors with short, curved blades. Nail scissors are used by a manicurist to shorten or shape your fingernails.

Cuticle scissors have a precision tip to remove corns and hangnails. They are also used to trim the cuticles around your nail to prevent infections.

Combination scissors combine the benefits of both nail and cuticle scissors.

Surgical Manicure Instruments
Nail scissors help shape and shorten nails. (nail scissors image by Alex White from

Nail Nippers and Clippers

Nail nippers are generally used to clip and shorten toenails. Nippers come in a variety of sizes and designs -- wire spring nippers, leaf spring nippers and cushioning nippers.

Nail clippers can be used to shorten both fingernails and toenails. Nail clippers are ideally used for acrylic or "fake" nails. Since nail clippers come in a compact size, they are good to carry in your purse for on-the-go nail repairs.

Surgical Manicure Instruments
Nail clippers will work for tough nails or quick repairs. (adult and child nail clippers image by green 308 from

Tweezers and Rasps

Tweezers come in three varieties -- slant tip, pointed tip or straight tip. Straight-tip tweezers are used to remove small hairs, while pointed-tip tweezers are better designed to remove splinters. Most people use slanted-tip tweezers, which are a multipurpose tool that can do both jobs.

Rasps are instruments used to remove dead and calloused skin. A rasp looks like a small paddle with a razor blade attached. The rasp is carefully run over the heels and feet to remove the skin. A protective cover keeps the razor blade from cutting the skin.

Surgical Manicure Instruments
Slant-tip tweezers are a multipurpose tool. (tweezers image by Tomasz Plawski from

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