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Restoring Confidence with Lifelike Prosthetics

Restoring Confidence with Lifelike Prosthetics

How a facial prosthesis is secured

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

We selectively incorporate new materials and use the latest technology to insure 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 skin adhesive to an orbital prosthesis.

Is anatomical retention an option in my case?

In some cases adhesive products and implants can be avoided through creative design. For example, in some cases, an orbital (eye and eyelids) prosthesis may be securely held in place by the contours of the eye socket. Whenever possible, we use contours of the defect to engage the form of the prosthesis for retention without adhesive.

Orbital prosthesis including the eyebrow.Left orbital prosthesis in place.

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 facial 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.

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.

Prosthetic nose helps retain moisture in nasal passages.Implant placement for a nasal prosthesis.Implant-retained nasal prosthesis. No adhesive needed.

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 the two or more implants to assure the best possible prosthetic outcome.