Superior Color, Material, Refinement and Retention
How well does your prosthesis matches the other side, basically how effective it is in simply not being noticeable at all? Does your prosthesis accomplish this? Medical Art Prosthetics can create for you a life-like, natural-looking new prosthesis.
As specialists in facial prosthetics we focus our talents and commit whatever time and energy our conscience dictates as medical artists in creating prostheses of such naturalism they could be seen as works of art. Our results consistently please our patients and physicians who recognize our work.
See for yourself, the MAP difference.
Patients fly to us for the results we proudly demonstrate with close-up clinical photography. We encourage all patients and physicians to request this type of documentation by their anaplastologist, ocularist, prosthodontist or whoever they choose to deliver their prosthetic restoration and follow-up care.
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The prosthesis on the left was not created by Medical Art Prosthetics. It appears at this stage of deterioration to be almost monochromatic (lacking in color variation) which results in a “plastic” look. The patient received our newly designed prosthesis on the right which featured the skin-like surface details such as superficial blood vessels, moles and hyperpigmentation.
Deeper layering of yellow tones also creates the illusion of antihelix cartilage beneath the skin and a matted ear lobe connotes fleshy tissues that make the final ear prosthesis more natural – more real. Ear prostheses should not be monochromatic. Rather, they should possess pink, amber, scarlet, and umber at different depths, even lavender in discrete zones – all rendered carefully to make your prosthesis look alive.
These 2 ear prosthesis examples were not created by Medical Art Prosthetics. They have several problems:
• Anatomical structure is lacking in detail and refinement.
• Coloration is very superficial and opaque.
• Reworked surface looks hurried and crude.
The deteriorated bar/clip-retained ear prosthesis was not created by Medical Art Prosthetics. This prosthesis was fracturing throughout the bulk material and separating from the acrylic substructure. The patient resorted to using medical adhesives to hold the prosthesis together.
The new prosthesis we provided utilized a high performance medical silicone with proper appropriate characterization and a mechanically anchored bar/clip substructure for greater integrity and durability.
This patient wore 2 different older prostheses NOT provided by Medical Art Prosthetics. They both were made in a non-standard material and lack correct size and color characterization and opacity. They are too translucent. Our prosthesis addressed these issues.
This collage documents a patient’s bar/clip osseointegration-retention system and two prosthesis attempts that she had received elsewhere. Here we see the new prosthesis that she received from Medical Art Prosthetics and a comparison of the ear prosthesis treatments.
The patient’s older implant-retained ear prosthesis (NOT provided by Medical Art Prosthetics) was fitted with an ordinary samarium cobalt non-sealed magnet which corroded causing skin irritation and attachment failure. We prepared a new auricular prosthesis with a powerful low-profile neodymium iron boron magnet encased and sealed in corrosion-proof and inert titanium. All materials used by Medical Art Prosthetics are biocompatible, safe and designed to last years.
The ear prosthesis created by Medical Art Prosthetics is often photographed next to the unaffected ear to evaluate not only the development of accurate color characterization, but also to verify that the prosthesis will continue to match the unaffected ear color as our client is seen in different lighting situations. The example below illustrates how the ear prosthesis matches with natural light and a flash.
Photographs of the patient’s older ear prosthesis (Red X) are sometimes taken next to our new prosthesis to document the improvements over the deteriorated obsolete prosthesis. These images serve as documentation and are sometimes helpful for insurance or other 3rd party payers if proof of or justification for the new silicone auricular prosthesis are needed.
Unsuccessful Outcomes; The Unfortunate Result of Unspecialized Care
Many of our clients have come to us over the years with very poorly executed prostheses. While many providers in healthcare want to serve these patients and attempt do so with the best intentions it is unfortunate that the final results are so poor, or at least of much less quality and accuracy than they could be. Some samples are included here just to demonstrate the difference in quality that patients and physicians should be aware of.
We are not the only provider of high quality orbital and facial prosthetics. However, our having focused so intently on the special challenges and artistic demands of this area illustrates just how much difference this makes in comparison to the work that result when an individual attempts to provide the service. And it is not only the outward visual effect that suffers from the effort of an unspecialized provider. It is all the nuanced care that the patient misses in not receiving the guidance of a seasoned veteran in facial prosthetics in terms of the best adhesives, fitting strategies, silicone variants, cleaning and hygiene management and the experience of knowing how best to prepare that patient with a holistic understanding of the prosthesis and how it relates as part of them and their lifestyle.
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