When part of the face is missing due to a birth difference, traumatic injury, or surgical treatment of disease, patients experience loss of function and quality of life. We create custom prosthetic devices for missing or disfigured facial areas including:
- nasal (nose),
- ocular and orbital (eye and eyelids)
- auricular (ear).
Each prosthesis is individually designed to restore aesthetic balance and symmetry to the face. Facial prostheses improve function by closing open defects, protecting sensitive tissue, and supporting eyeglasses and/or hearing devices. You can expect a facial prosthesis uniquely created for you. Everything about our process—from determining how your prosthesis will be retained to fabrication—is personalized to meet your needs. We mimic the texture, color, and translucency of your skin to create a silicone facial prosthesis with a natural appearance. Your prosthesis will be lifelike, comfortable, secure, durable and safe.
Our specialty focuses on patients who have had an orbital exenteration and are missing the globe of the eye (ocular) and eyelids (orbital). Each ocular is custom-made by laminating layers of hard plastic–delicately painted to match your intact eye. In some cases we fabricate the ocular or we may collaborate with ocularist colleagues — Global Prosthetics in Wisconsin or Hetzler Ocular Prosthetics in Indiana. The ocular is incorporated into the orbital prosthesis, which is made from a soft silicone to intimately fit the orbital defect. We insert natural hair to reproduce absent lashes and eyebrows. Some orbital defects extend into the brow, nasal, or cheek region or may extend into the mouth. When an orbital prosthesis is extensive it may be called an upper facial prosthesis or a hemi-facial prosthesis. Our clinical expertise and collaborative partnership with dental specialists prepare us to effectively create prosthetic solutions for patients with complex and extensive orbital defects.
We create nasal prostheses to restore normal contour and improve function for patients who have experienced partial or total loss of their nose to traumatic injury, disease or due to surgical removal of the nose (rhinectomy). We artistically recreate a shape that closely resembles the form of your nose before surgery based on our knowledge of craniofacial anatomy, artistic expertise and photographs that you supply. Nasal prostheses are made from a soft silicone to intimately fit the nasal defect. Some nasal defects extend onto the cheek, forehead, upper lip region or may extend into the mouth requiring a midfacial prosthesis. Our clinical expertise and collaborative partnership with dental specialists prepare us to effectively create prosthetic solutions for patients with complex and extensive nasal defects.