This type of prosthesis is intended for users who prioritize the esthetic appearance of the prosthesis and accept that it will have more limited functional capabilities (supporting objects, holding a bag, etc.).
Cosmetic prostheses are available for users who have had different types of amputation: arm, forearm, hand, fingers, foot.
This flexible prosthesis is primarily made of silicone.
Some prostheses are covered with a removable cosmetic glove, in which case the user can select a darker colored glove to match a darker skin color.
There are many different esthetic finishes available and users looking for an even more realistic look can order a cosmetic prosthesis made from a reverse mold of their opposite limb that creates a perfect replica. Some prostheses may be customized to match the user’s pigmentation, with realistic veins and even moles.
This types of prosthesis may be produced for all degrees of amputation:
- For fingers, a minimum phalanx length of 1 cm is required to support the purposes.
- For partial or total hand amputations. A finger joint can be added in some cases to give 90° flexion that is useful, for example, when typing on a keyboard.
- For forearm and arm prostheses,
- For foot prostheses or partial amputation.
The user must provide day-to-day care of the prosthesis in accordance with the instructions for use provided by the prosthetist.. The user should arrange to see a prosthetist once a year for a general review and for servicing and maintaining the prosthesis. If users have any questions about the device they should not hesitate to contact their prosthetist or physician.