On the gel nails thing, I recently did it and although I LOVED how they lasted & looked, I was freaked out at the process of how they removed them. My nail salon is not the best out there, I admit, and the process of scraping the gel off damaged my real nails, and I have very strong nails. If you have a salon that will REALLY take the time to let the nails soak before trying to remove the gel, you may be ok. That just wasn't my experience after 2 go-arounds with the gel.
Anyway, nooone will even notice whether or not you even have fingernails once you put that ring on!!