What is a custom prosthesis?
A prosthesis is an artificial device for a missing, disfigured or malformed
part of the body. The main aim of the prosthesis is to restore the form
and function of the particular area involved. It also helps in protection
of sensitive tissue, aids the auditory reception of the ear or if necessary
for the placement of a hearing aid, or the support of glasses and also
restores appearance and self esteem.
How is a custom prosthesis made?
The process of making a custom facial prosthesis is a synergy of art and
science. At the Center for Custom Prosthetics we are constantly improving
our artistic and clinical/technical techniques to provide state of the
art prosthetics. Skin like texture is sculpted in the prosthesis to replicate
the patient, skin coloration are matched to blend perfectly to create
a life like prosthesis.
How is a custom prosthesis attached?
Every patient is evaluated individually to determine the best method of
retaining their custom made prosthesis. The prosthesis when in place has
to be comfortable and secure. Retention methods for nasal, orbital and
ear prostheses include the use of medical grade adhesives, anatomically
self retained, attachment to glasses or the use of bone anchored implants
with magnetic retention.
How long does a custom prosthesis last?
A prosthesis will degrade after time due to use. This is a normal process
due to absorption of fluids or other environmental substances which will
cause a color change. This usually occurs in approximately 1-3 years.
Care and maintenance is very important to the well being of custom prosthesis.