Nasal Prostheses

Frequently asked Questions

  • Does an artificial nose really look natural?
  • Yes. An artificial nose constructed in our office using the latest technology in materials and equipment, do look very natural in most of the cases. It is always advisable, however to wear protective or corrective eyeglasses to stabilize the prosthesis and camouflage its margins.

  • Is there a way to reconstruct a fixed non-removable nose?
  • Well, it is very difficult. It usually depends on the extent of tissue loss. However, in most of the cases it is not applicable and prosthetic construction is advisable.

  • What material is an artificial nose made of?
  • Artificial noses are usually constructed using medical grade silicone, which is a soft, pliable, elastic material to closely resemble the skin texture.

  • How is an artificial nose retained in place?
  • In most of the cases, an artificial nose can be retained in place using medical grade adhesives, which is a medical form of glue. A more advanced method is using craniofacial implants, where the prosthesis is attached to osseointegrated titanium screws fixed in the maxillary bone and/or glabella. This provides better and more secure retention.

  • How long does it take to construct an artificial nose?
  • It takes about 2 – 3 weeks.

  • Can the prosthesis be worn all the time?
  • Prostheses can be worn most of the time. However, they should not be worn when bathing, sleeping, or during contact sport activities.

  • How long does a prosthesis last?
  • Prostheses degrade over time due to several factors. Because of this, they are remade approximately every two to four years. Thin edges of prostheses can tear, color can fade over time, and smoke can discolor the silicone material. However, prostheses last longer if they are well cared for and maintained. Implant retained prostheses may have an extended useful life because of the elimination of adhesive products.