Nasal prosthesisA nasal prosthesis, or epithesis, is indicated for rehabilitation following illness (e.g. ablation of a tumour) or in the wake of a trauma (accident or burn).
The aim is to restore the patient's respiratory functions, ensure the epithesis is held firmly in place, reproduce the fine delicacy of the surrounding skin and facilitate wearing glasses. The epithesis must blend in with the contours of the face and finely reproduce the texture and colouring of the skin. The most appropriate and sure means of retention is selected in collaboration with the medical team according to technical feasibility and the patient's wishes. The means of retention available are:
- a bone-anchored nasal prosthesis. Here, attachments are fitted into the edges of the maxillary bone and/or in the nose bone itself by the surgeon and magnets are placed on the back of the epithesis to hold it in place. This technique means the epithesis is held securely in place, it is easy to put on and easy to clean. Furthermore, it will allow the patient to breathe normally and the site to be monitored in the case of illness.
- an adhesive nasal prosthesis. A biological adhesive is used to hold the prosthesis directly against the skin. It is the simplest method of fitting an epithesis and is sometimes temporary while waiting for reconstructive surgery or implants to be fitted.
- a self-retentive nasal prosthesis. Here, the edges of the cavity hold the epithesis, which fits snugly into all the surrounding hollows and stays in place without using any adhesive.
- frame-mounted nasal prosthesis. This is a rarer solution which is sometimes chosen as a temporary option while waiting for implants to be fitted. In this case, the epithesis is attached to glasses using magnets, or else adhesive is used to fix it onto the glasses frame.
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