We can scan and 3D print your ear prosthesis prototype in one day. This means you can receive an almost perfect prosthetic ear to match your other ear in just a few days. You, like hundreds of others we’ve served, will feel a sense of serenity that comes with having completely normal-looking, matching ears.
Medical Art Prosthetics created the nation’s model of creating the most accurate aesthetic ear prosthetics in the dedicated private practices of talented medical artists/anaplastologists. The oval FACE seal celebrates this level of dedication. Our ear prosthesis specialists have extensive prosthetics clinical experience and/or prosthetics certifications focused specifically on ear prosthetics. Contact Us Now by Clicking Here
Your Best Ear Prosthetics Options
Which of these describe how you feel about your ears:
I want an ear prosthesis to cover or replace my small ear (microtia ear)
I want an ear to cover or replace my surgical ear reconstruction where they used rib cartilage. I am not happy with the way my ear turned out!
My Medpor implant failed or did not work and I need a new prosthesis ear.
I had surgery to remove cancer and now part of my ear or my whole ear needs prosthetic replacement
I need a prosthetic ear to replace my ear torn off in a car or motorcycle accident, ear was burned, or other traumatic event.
I just need a partial ear prosthetic to replace my ear lobe or the part of my ear missing.
I have other concerns about my ear, or both my ears.
Do not worry! We have heard all these stories, and more. We are here to get you a great ear prosthesis ASAP. You can choose from:
The slip-over ear prosthesis – we are famous for
Adhesive-retained ear prostheses
Anatomical “puzzle piece” fit partial ear prosthesis for when part of ear is missing
Simple top half of ear prosthesis, stabilzed by eye glasses, and “needs no glue” ear prosthetics
Ear lobe (lobule) prosthesis
Implant-retained auricular ear prosthesis, also known as an osseointegrated ear prosthesis.
The last ear choice is the only one that requires a surgery. We have trained or teamed with many surgeons in the United States to provide the Vistafix craniofacial ear attachment option. See the surgeons near you by clicking here.
All our silicone ear prostheses are painstakingly detailed and if desired they can receive studs, suspend earrings, or be customized to suit your style. Prosthetic ear restoration through our network of anaplastologists completes your quest for ear symmetry. Look in the mirror and feel a new sense of confidence and serenity from having a normal-looking ear. Contact Us Now.
You have made a courageous decision for your best life with an ear prosthesis: You decided to have your ear cartilage/tissue revised or removed and a sophistocated implant system installed. For your commitment then, you should then expect an equally sophistocated and beautiful prosthesis. We strive to provide you with the best outcome:
well planned implant placement
secure and precise magnetic attachments
effective margin blending
In contrast, we show a series of ear prostheses (below) that patients have come to us hoping to improve upon. It is clear these ear prostheses have deteriorated from daily use, but despite their condition we also see signs that lower quality silicone elastomers might have been used and these ear prostheses demonstrate unfinished anatomical shaping and surface refinement.
Unsuccessful ear prosthetics, as shown here, are avoidable. For each patient we use our artistic talent, our clinical training, and our temperament as anaplastologists to faithfully render their unique silicone auricular restoration to its fullest extent. Physicians and patients are advised to critique the work of ear prosthesis providers and select the best anaplastologist in view of their needs and location. The improvements we offer in aesthetics, attachment, and durability can be dramatic and have a dramatic effect on the ear prosthesis wearer’s feeling about themselves and their appearance.
We combine advanced 3-D technology with award-winning artistry. Customizing the ear prosthesis to meet and match an individual’s style can be achieved.
Creating a natural lifelike ear prosthesis appearance is accomplished by selective surface treatment: leaving sheen on select cartilaginous areas and a matte finish on adjacent helix and lobe to simulate much softer tissue covered by very fine vellus hair.
The conventional adhesive-retained ear prosthesis is the most immediate method of attachment. This is a non-surgical ear prosthesis. Adhesive is simply spread over the back surface and allowed to dry. Then the prosthesis is simply pressed into position for secure attachment. Medical Art Prosthetics has accumulated knowledge of adhesive chemistries spanning over 35 years. We often combine the best attributes of several adhesives. Our combination adhesive strategies result in an ear that is both very securely attached and also easier to clean. An easier to clean ear prosthesis means a longerlasting ear prosthesis.
Medical Art Prosthetics has developed completely unique attachment strategies to create virtually undetectable prosthetic ears and other facial prostheses.
The bar-clip attachment has been the conventional method of attachment when designing osseointegration implant-retained auricular prostheses. These patients received their osseointegration surgeries and the fabrication of the bar and their initial silicone prosthesis at other facilities. They then visited Medical Art Prosthetics for a new ear prosthesis with improved design and aesthetics which were created and delivered in 3 or 4 days.
Medical Art Prosthetics regularly receives referrals from out of state clients who have a stable bone-anchored bar-splint. But they come to us for a short stay to have a new clip-attached ear prosthesis improved with higher levels of detail, lifelike realism, and durability.
The Slip-Over Ear Prosthesis- Keep Your Surgical Ear Reconstruction
Patients and families are understandably conflicted in deciding whether to accept and live with the shape of their surgically constructed ears or to have more normally shaped prosthetic ears. This is because they are told or they assume that their ear cartilage constructs must be completely surgically removed for the installation of osseointegrated implants. It is generally true that the implant-retained type prosthesis would require complete sacrifice of the ear construct. The surgical removal of the ear would be followed by further thinning of soft tissue in the area and attachment of that skin to the bone periosteum for the installation of osseointegration fixtures and abutments. Although this might ultimately be the best long term prosthetic attachment method for many of our patients, there is for some the option to spare their ear constructions by creating a slip-over type prosthesis that greatly improves the anatomical aesthetics of the ear.
Slip-over silicone ear prostheses in many cases attain excellent aesthetics and stay in place nicely by engaging the underlying ear cartilage undercuts. In ideal cases like this the prosthesis can be slipped on and off in seconds using a small amount of water soluble lubricant, and requires only simple soaping and rinsing for daily care. Creating the delicate shapes of the helix, antihelix, tragus, etc. over the underlying ear shape is extremely painstaking, but if done with care and precision the improved anatomical ear shape can be liberating. New hairstyles can be worn to show off the new ear with confidence.
This approach gives the patient a chance to see what it is like to have and wear prostheses each day. It allows them time to know the nature of prosthesis wear and decide if the slip-over version is perhaps suitable for their own lifestyle. This is a helpful option before taking the irreversible step of having rib cartilage reconstructions surgically removed for osseointegrated implants.
Glasses and Anatomically-Retained Auricular Prosthesis
Partial or subtotal auriculectomy often leaves the cartilaginous structure of the ear remnant intact. This helps to support or suspend the partial ear prosthesis. The flexible silicone prosthesis in this case is molded to slip into the triangular fossa and cymba conchae of the remnant ear. The prosthetic ear fits into the remaining ear like a puzzle piece. Adhesive may be applied under the margins for a secure seal. A flange and groove is designed into the top of the ear prosthesis if the patient wants the extra security of attaching the ear prosthesis to his eyeglasses.
The frontal view without the ear prosthesis in place demonstrates a problem the patient encounters following partial or subtotal auriculectomy. His unsupported ear tissue droops and falls away from the side of the head. We have thoughtfully designed the ear prosthesis to lift and hold the helical remnant (rim of the ear) into its ideal position to restore symmetry of the ears. This ear prosthesis result makes the patient feel balanced and happy. We often spend extra time creating the complex molds needed to accomplish this prosthetic effect. Ear restoration and anaplastology is our specialty and we know how much easier it will be for our patient to manage his ear prosthesis each day.
Photos demonstrate the osseointegration implant-retained auricular ear prosthesis. The silicone prosthetic ear has strong magnets that attach the ear securely to bone-anchored abutments.
This attachment method for the implant-retained auricular prosthesis does not require fabrication of a bar splint or use of clips that can break. Rather it uses individual titanium encased magnetic components to attach the prosthesis. Our practitioners have decades of experience with all extraoral maxillofacial and craniofacial systems such as Straumann, Vistafix Generation 3 System by Cochlear Americas, and Southern Implant. Attachments have been improved with new features such as auricular and telescopic magnacaps. We discuss all options with our patients and apply the components that offer the most secure attachment of the ear prosthesis. Each patient receives an aftercare kit with a demonstration and instructions in how to clean the prosthesis and the skin for the greatest success with their ear prosthesis.
Patients and families are understandably conflicted in deciding whether to accept and live with microtia or to have more normally shaped prosthetic ears. This is because they are told by their doctors that the microtia tissue must be completely surgically removed for the installation of osseointegrated implants. It is generally true that the implant-retained type prosthesis requires removal of much or all of the microtia tissue followed by thinning of the skin. The literature also suggests this might ultimately be the best long term prosthetic attachment method for many microtia patients. However, there is also the option to do no surgery and leave the natural microtia tissue untouched. In this case a slip-over type ear prosthesis can greatly improve the anatomical aesthetics of the ear.
Slip-over silicone prosthetic ears can look amazingly real and aesthetic. In ideal cases, like this, the prosthesis can be slipped on and off in seconds using a small amount of water soluble lubricant. A small amount of optional adhesive will further secure and blend the ear. Depending on the individual expression of grade 1 or grade 2 microtia patients may find great success with a slip over ear. Grade 3 and grade 4 microtia clients will use a little more prosthetic adhesive, but with less microtia tissue in the way we often get even greater bilateral symmetry of the ears using our Artec Spider hand held scanner and 3D printing system. Creating the delicate ear shapes of the helix, antihelix, and tragus is extremely painstaking for the anaplastologist, prosthodontist, or technician. However, the result can be very liberating for the patient, young or old.
This conservative non-surgical approach to ear restoration gives the patient a chance to see what it is like to have an ear prosthesis and wear it each day or just when they want. It allows them time to experience ear prosthesis wear and care, and to decide if the slip-over version is suitable for their lifestyle. This is a helpful option before taking the irreversible step of having their microtia ear tissue surgically revised or removed entirely for osseointegrated implants.
The Ear Prosthesis Process
The basic process to have an ear prosthesis involves 3 appointments or steps: 1) impressions or scanning of both affected and unaffected sides to make virtual and physical models. 2) design session to verfiy prototype size and shape, proper fit, and record color formulation. 3) fitting of the prosthesis, final tinting, and delivery with aftercare instructions. Conventional ear prostheses may be completed in as few as 3 days when patients stay near one of our locations. It’s a painfree process we want our patients to relax and enjoy as they anticipate their new ear!
Aesthetic ear prostheses may involve some newer technologies, but they develop at the hands of the anaplastologist who makes critical artistic judgements along the way. We instill life-like qualities into the polymerized prosthetic silicone – to the point the finished ear prosthesis looks like a real living ear. The ability to create very lifelike ear prostheses is shared by very few.
Patients often find it difficult to locate a provider that specializes in prosthetic ears. Even among the many medical and dental institutions and vast health insurance networks that have an ear plastic surgeon, maxillofacial prosthodontist, dental technician, and ocularist they rarely employ a dedicated anaplastologist. We must stress that institutions have clinician teams and technologies that are impressive and some may play a role in producing ear prosthetics. However, the color accuracy and the refinement of a finished prosthetic ear must be judged by the consumer. We recommend that patients and referring physicians look for focused specialty anaplastology experience and photographic evidence of successful ear prosthetics outcomes by their practitioner.
Call us. Tell us about your ear situation, because you are not alone. We’ve made prosthetic ears for microtia and ear amputation from car accidents, surgery, violence, etc. so do not be shy or think our anaplastologists are too busy to at least say hello and start a conversation. We’ll have a big head start if you send a quick photo now by clicking here. You’ll be pleasantly surprised how simple the ear prosthesis process is once we share a quick plan based on your photo. It immediately reveals the best options for attaching your ear prosthesis, cost of your ear prosthesis, and the best location and practitioner for you.
Our anaplastologists are closer than ever and can often start on your ear prosthesis the very first day with simple impressions or scanning of your ear. Looking in the mirror, you’ll see how your ear will fit and look and we’ll match your skin coloration during these relaxed sessions that follow. We can often finish and deliver ear prostheses in just 3 days for those that want to stay. Otherwise, let us know when you want to return for the final fitting and delivery of your ear prosthesis.
On the final day your anaplastologist heightens the vital coloration and details that make your aesthetic ear prosthesis come to life. You learn how to position and attach your prosthetic ear and maintain it for years to come. You are provided with full instructions, aftercare supplies, along with our contact information and assurance that we will be available for any post-delivery questions.
*In some locations, we can complete adhesive-retained or slip-over type ear prostheses in 3 or 4 days to accommodate those traveling who want to make just one trip. However, we can also arrange 2 or 3 separate trips up to suit anyone’s schedule. We don’t hurry any part of the process. Our ability to streamline the ear prosthesis process is the result of decades of honing our skills and artistry in silicone manipulation. Remember, at the core we are accomplished artists who also have advanced prosthetics specialty training, and that is what makes the difference.
Download Our Auricular (Ear) Prosthetics Info Sheet
Literature on ear prosthetics and anaplastology is rare, so please download these handouts for you or your patients and print for your future reference.
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