Anatomically-attached small nasal prosthesis replaces the ala removed in subtotal rhinectomy and improves breathing for our patient. Simple glue-on superficial prostheses could be offered, but management can be challenging leading to frustration and failure. So we devote hours to produce a mold design to deliver a complex fit that greatly improves durability, ease of use and confidence for our patient.
The nasal stent that is custom formed to the patient offers long sought relief from breathing difficulty secondary to nasal trauma or scarring from surgical procedures. Careful shaping and appropriate silicone selection can result in a self-retaining fit of the device that also restores external nasal symmetry and remains undetectable within the nasal vestibule.
Wegener granulomatosis and saddle nose deformity bring patient’s seeking aesthetic correction. Nasal prostheses of this type must be virtually undetectable to be medically safe and effective. We are among the very few practices in the country that can deliver these type results, because we are credentialed and highly skilled in the manipulation of medical silicones for this purpose.
This patient has undergone devastating ablative facial surgery for the treatment of squamous or basal cell carcinoma, and presents status post subtotal rhinectomy. Again, Medical Art Prosthetics strives to design prostheses with the patient’s best interest in mind. Fabricating a simple silicone prosthesis wouldbe much easier for us as would wishing the patient well in placing it correctly and cleaning it and their skin of adhesive residues each day. However, our clients know we explore every opportunity to simplify their life with the prosthesis even when it means a more complex design and mold are needed to accomplish this goal.
The patient easily positions a magnetic plastic substructure followed by the aesthetic prosthesis portion that is pulled securely with a little click into the correct location.
Even a small defect requires some degree of coverage and even a simple bandage applied each day requires the wearer to answer questions and it continually invites attention. A thoughtfully designed pop-in place prosthesis is technically very challenging to plan and mold, but it frees the wearer from not only stares and questions but the hassle and frustration of working with messy unreliable adhesives.
This prosthesis uses the shape memory and resilience of the silicone material to securely but delicately engage the alar tissue band for easy wear.