Generally, silicone prostheses are removed daily to be cleaned, and to allow for cleaning of the underlying skin. We provide our patients with personalized instructions for daily wear and care. We schedule a follow-up consultation after delivery of your prosthesis to ensure your comfort with long-term wear and care. Our prostheses are easily cleaned with isopropyl alcohol, foamed ethyl alcohol or dye-free dish soap. Periodic replacements are necessary to maintain acceptable aesthetics and hygiene of the prosthesis and underlying tissue.
Annual recall appointments can prolong the useful life of your silicone prosthesis. We will thoroughly clean your prosthesis, touch-up color and make any necessary repairs. Fingernails can be replaced in some cases. You should also return for repairs when needed.
A silicone finger, thumb, hand or toe prosthesis lasts between one and three years depending on a number of factors, such as work and home environment, sun exposure, skin type and hygiene. In most cases, a prosthesis can be reproduced using your archived mold in only one or two appointments. When growth or weight change has occurred, it may be necessary to remake your mold.