Face / Hemi-Facial Prosthetic Reconstruction
RealLifeSkin™ Orbital / Hemi-Facial Prosthesis Technologes Diagram
|RealLifeSkin™ Orbital 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 technologies are profiled in the Technologies section of the website.
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™ retention method.
During the first Clinic visit, each patient is evaluated individually to best determine which retention method or combination of methods is best for them. Many patients email photographs 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.
– TISSUE STABILIZATION
After a rhinectomy, orbital exenteration, or other ablative facial surgery, many patients are not aware that the surrounding skin will migrate into the opening. This is especially the case when the sinus cavity is exposed. The use of Intra-Anatomy™ technology designed into the orbital prosthesis naturally inhibits tissue migration.
– SINUS REPLICATION
Exenteration and other ablative surgeries often exposes the sinus cavity. The Intra-Anatomy™ can be designed into sinus pathways so that secretions are drained, by gravity flow, into the posterior sinus cavity, or if necessary, into to an alloplastic cup-shaped collecting cavity. Research is being conducted to design an internal structure and an external appliance enabling the patient to empty and cleanse the collector without removing the prosthesis.
- ARTIFICIAL BONE
Bone-like alloplastic removable implants are often designed into the Intra-Antomy™ 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 prosthesis.
RealLifeSkin™ Orbital Prosthesis Animation Video