Facial Prosthetics/ Hemi-Facial Reconstruction
RealLifeSkin™ Hemi-Facial /Orbital Prosthesis Technologies Diagram
Custom RealLifeSkin™ Facial Prosthetics and Hemi-Facial prostheses are designed from several exclusive technologies only available at the Real Life Center: The outer hyper-life-like RealLifeSkin™ prosthetic skin and the sub-dermal Intra-Anatomy™. These prosthetic technologies are profiled in the Technologies section of the website.
Facial Prosthesis Retention
Prosthetic retention of RealLifeSkin™ orbital and hemi-facial prostheses is accomplished by use of our patented Intra-Anatomy™ (also called Internal Fixation Retention- IFR), osseointegration, medical adhesive, use of eye glasses, or a combination of these methods. The above diagram depicts the use of the Intra-Anatomy™ prosthetic retention method.
During the first Facial Prosthetics Clinic visit, each facial patient is evaluated individually to best determine which facial prosthesis retention method or combination of methods is best for them. Many patients email photographs of their face for a pre-evaluation in order to save on travel resources – this can be done through the online Contact Form found under the Contact section, or by clicking on the email hyperlink at the bottom of the page – or by simply calling the Center on the toll-free number.
– Tissue Stabilization
After a rhinectomy, orbital exenteration, or other ablative facial surgery, many patients are not aware that the sinus tissue, bone and surrounding skin will migrate into the facial opening over time unless the opening is stabilized. In many cases, though it may take many months, the body will completely seal the sinus – facial opening through this natural migration process. If the sinus cavity is closed off through natural post surgical migration, many serious problems beyond basic speech impairment occur. Fortunately, the use of a custom prosthetic sinus cavity (Intra-Anatomy™) naturally inhibits this serious problem from occurring.
– Sinus Replication
Exenteration and other ablative surgeries of the face often exposes the sinus cavity. The Intra-Anatomy™ prosthesis section can be designed into a prosthetic sinus cavity so that secretions are drained, by gravity flow, into the posterior sinus cavity, or if necessary, into to a prosthetic collecting cavity.
– Artificial Bone
Bone-like alloplastic removable implants are often designed into the Intra-Antomy™ sinus prosthesis section when it is needed to help improve normal speech resonance. In cases such as these, artificial bone can also act as a retentive aid and help maintain the integrity of the entire sub-dermal section of the facial prosthesis.
RealLifeSkin™ Orbital / Hemi-Facial Prosthesis Animation Video