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Restoring Confidence with Lifelike Prosthetics

Restoring Confidence with Lifelike Prosthetics

Creating a Facial Prosthesis

We keep care simple, personal and streamlined. We listen to our patients and answer questions honestly. Our office is designed for patient comfort and convenience.

Questions You May Have

How is a facial prosthesis made?

Each facial prosthesis is custom-made in our own laboratory ensuring high quality and individual design. Our fabrication process requires three to five appointments in addition to the initial consultation.

  • Molds are made of the affected area using gentle materials.
  • The shape of the eye, nose or ear is carefully sculpted and tried on as we establish a natural contour and fit.
  • Five or more colors are formulated to match individual skin-tones using health grade silicone.
  • When the sculpture is complete, we fabricate a durable mold which allows for reproduction of the prosthesis.
  • We meticulously paint every skin detail using your color formulae into your mold.
  • The facial prosthesis is checked for precise fit and color details, such as freckling, are delicately painted.
  • Wear and care instructions are demonstrated so that your facial prosthesis can be used with confidence.

Applying color detail to an orbital prosthesis.

What are appointments like?

We enjoy spending time with patients as we work, but are as efficient as possible. Some appointments are lengthy (2-to-6 hours) because our work is highly detailed. You can help us by wearing neutral colors (grey, black, tan or white) to your appointments.

How long does it take to make the prosthesis?

We typically see patients weekly to complete a facial prosthesis in about one month. We accommodate patients from across the country by consolidating appointment schedules to minimize time away from home–completing the prosthesis in just a few days. When bone anchored implants are selected to retain the prosthesis, two additional appointments are needed before implant placement. Then the implants must heal for at least three months before prosthetic fabrication.

Are facial prostheses covered by medical insurance?

Facial prostheses are reconstructive—and are physician ordered to replace a missing or malformed part of the face. Most insurance policies cover facial prostheses when ordered by a physician as a medical necessity. We are patient advocates and, with your permission, we will prior-authorize the treatment plan you select and help you pre-determine your benefits.