Medical Art Prosthetics has been a leader in actively accessing and investing in new digital technologies to streamline the initial design and shaping of prototypes for facial prostheses. As independent career facial anaplastologists we enjoy the enrichment of daily experimentation and discovery that benefits all of our patients.
Our love of this challenge and our reputation for exceptional results and innovation has earned us the support of many returning clients and dental and medical specialists who see for themselves the merits of our unique commitment to specialization in facial and somatic prosthetics.
However, prostheses are not created for inanimate figures like statues. They are created for people that need to breathe, chew, laugh, smile, and manage their delicate prosthetic restoration each day, and for many who have some degree of facial asymmetry following surgery a high level of compromise and fitting finesse is required. There is such a complex interplay of considerations and requirements that no computer program could possibly address on a patient-specific basis let alone manufacture as a complex multi-material restoration.
Sculpting and design of your prosthesis
Fractions of a millimeter make the difference between a good fit and a great fit, and finessing the mold in such tiny increments is an intuitive process that is crucial to success in facial anaplastology.
Prosthetic materials are diverse and are selected in view of the method of attachment, durability concerns, tissue mobility, etc. Experience through specialization has been the key to our success in combining materials and offering some of the most innovative and life-like outcomes available.
The use of scanning and milling technology has been incorporated into our treatment process. Certain anatomical models of the patient can be digitized and used to re-create the mirror imaged, missing structure. This highly accurate process streamlines certain treatment plans. It is especially helpful in auricular prostheses.
Our long experience with skin coloration and visual acuity as credentialed artists allows us to deliver strikingly accurate results for clients even working with them through the mail! We appreciate the loyalty of patients who would rather travel back to see us every few years or work with us through the mail rather than trying to find a different service closer to their home.
An alternative to adhesive or implants:
- Retain an orbital prosthesis via glasses. This method requires no use of adhesive or surgery for implants. The prosthesis is permanently attached to glasses and comfortably rests into place.
- User-friendly slip design stays put–no surgery. There is no glue; it is extremely lightweight and comfortable. A MAP technique developed and published in 1995.
- Bi-faced medical adhesive tape securely attaches the ultra lightweight silicone/polyurethane.
Customized for Your Needs
We are often contacted to provide nasal prostheses after our client has had their nose removed and is still healing or undergoing treatment.
However, we prefer if possible to see the patient prior to surgery and prepare a hollow lightweight nasal form that can be gently taped into place. This helps because the patient has something comfortable and protective to wear almost immediately after surgery. The cover might also reflect the correct size and shape of their nose. Then, after complete healing has occurred we can create the final prosthesis.