Real Life's Alloplastic and Prosthetic Reconstruction Technologies
RealLifeSkin™ prosthetic-alloplastic technology is not just prosthetic skin, but an entire process that is adaptable for fabrication into alloplastic and prosthetic devices as small as a fingertip or as large as entire leg. RealLifeSkin™ can even made into skin covers that protect and enhance the gripping power of bionic and body powered hands.
Engendered with creases, pores and fingerprints, RealLifeSkin™ is created of three skin layers: the epidermis, dermis and subcutaneous. RealLifeSkin™ not only contain three skin layers, but meticulously and accurately simulates the visual properties of each human skin layer it represents.
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In real human skin, the epidermis layer (the outer layer of skin) contains pigment called melanin. When skin is exposed to the sun, more melanin is created to help counteract the damaging rays of the sun. RealLifeSkinTan™ is a unique “prosthetic melanin” in a bottle offered to all patients so the prosthesis can be made to match their new tan. Each user is able to apply this “liquid tan” directly on their prosthesis where it is absorbed immediately into the epidermis layer. Each subsequent rubbing of the fluid makes the RealLifeSkin™ gradually darker, thus protecting the user from accidentally “tanning too quickly”. This unique technology is not a paint or a pigment, so it never changes the surface texture of the life-like skin surface, but literally "tans" it like real skin. Also, similar to a real sun-tan, RealLifeSkinTan™ is designed to fade so the original skin color can return.
RealLifeEye™ ocular prosthesis technology is a unique and proprietary process that produces eye prostheses that are extraordinarily like-like in appearance. The irises (colored part of the eye) are filled with ultra fine stroma detail and remarkable three-dimensional depth. The RealLifeEye scleras (white part of the eye) with their poly-chromatic washes of color and vascular depth, also appear as living tissue.
Real Life's patented Intra-Anatomy™ (also called Internal Fixation Retention- IFR) serves many functions, one of which is prosthesis retention.
Diagram Showing RealLifeSkin™ Nasal Prosthesis using the Intra-Anatomy™ Technology for Prosthesis Retention
Intra-Anatomy™ - AIRWAY REPLICATION
For many individuals facial loss is more than skin deep. Depending on the extent of loss, some patients may also require part of the pharynx replicated. An artificial pharynx, sinus cavity and entire sub-dermal prosthesis help restore the natural humidity of the area and improve both the voice resonance and the air control affecting speech articulation. In cases such as these, before the prosthesis is fitted, speech articulation resembles that of a person with a cleft palate because a substantial volume of air is forced out through the open wound after it passes through the larynx. The prosthesis and its sub-dermal prosthetic structures redirect the airflow to a normal pattern. A side benefit to the patient is the absence of prosthesis “blow-outs” (caused by coughing or sneezing) that occur in cosmetic prostheses designed without airways.
Intra-Anatomy™ - 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.
Intra-Anatomy™ - TISSUE STABILIZATION
After a rhinectomy, orbital exenteration, or other ablative facial surgery,many patients are not aware that the sinus tissue and surrounding skin will migrate into the opening. In many cases the body will completely seal the sinus opening through this natural migration process. When the sinus cavity is closed, many serious problems beyond basic speech impairment occur. Fortunately, the use of sinus Intra-Anatomy™ naturally inhibits this serious problem from occurring.
Intra-Anatomy™ - ARTIFICIAL BONE
Bone-like alloplastic removable implants are often designed into the Intra-Anatomy™ 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.