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Restoring Confidence with Lifelike Prosthetics

Restoring Confidence with Lifelike Prosthetics

How an ear prosthesis is secured

We work closely with patients and their families to determine which method of retention will be most successful and manageable. Ear prostheses are secured using:

We selectively incorporate new materials and use the latest technology to ensure the highest quality prosthesis. We creatively approach each patient with a focus on your individual needs.

Questions You May Have

How are medical adhesives used to secure a prosthesis?

A variety of medical skin adhesives are designed for use with silicone prosthetics. We select from several liquid adhesives and bi-face tape. Use of prosthetic adhesives becomes routine for most patients—like flossing their teeth or caring for contact lenses. We share tips from patients with years of experience to make adhesive use as easy as possible for new patients. For the convenience of our patients, we have a variety of adhesive products available and are a distributor for Pros-Aide®.

Applying adhesive to ear prosthesisAdhesive-retained prosthesis in place

Is anatomical retention an option in my case?

When part of the natural ear remains, we may be able to design a prosthesis that fits like a glove over the remaining ear. Some anaplastologists recommend total removal of the ear to make fabrication easier. We understand that many patients prefer a conservative approach, and have devised mold-making techniques that allow us to overlap an intact portion of the ear to secure an ear prosthesis.

Partial ear after cancer surgeryAnatomically-retained prosthetic ear

What are craniofacial bone-anchored implants?

Craniofacial bone anchored implants are small titanium fixtures that are surgically implanted during a relatively minor procedure. These implants are designed to bond with bone (osseointegrate) to provide a stable foundation for your ear prosthesis. The surrounding bone bonds with the implants during a 3-6 month healing phase. The prosthesis is designed to snap onto the implants using clips or magnets, enabling the patient to attach and remove the prosthesis with ease.

Craniofacial bone-anchored implants for attachment of ear prosthesisProsthesis in place - attached with magnets to implants.

Am I a candidate for implants?

You should discuss with your surgeon whether you are a candidate for implants, as well as the potential risks and complications. Patients who have undergone radiation therapy may require a longer healing phase and hyperbaric oxygen treatment to decrease risk of implant loss.

Without prosthesis.Right bone-anchored ear prosthesis in place.

Who places the implants?

We are happy to work with your surgeon or can provide recommendations for surgeons experienced with the Vistafix™ implant system. We provide a guide to identify the ideal location for two or three implants to assure the best possible prosthetic outcome.