Esther M Mace
An investigation into the potential of age-progressive prosthetics
The face is the most recognisable part of the human identity. It is often the first thing we notice, the part of the body that we talk to, and the part that conveys a whole plethora of emotions. It is therefore recognised that any injury in the region of the face can have a dramatic impact on a person’s identity.
At present, children undergoing facial repair following an accident attend clinics every 6 weeks to adjust any fixtures, due to the constant changes in the face during youth. It is understandable that this can be a strain on the children’s mental and emotional development, and they may start to associate their identity around this injury.
With this in mind, this project investigates whether it was possible to create an age-progressive prosthetic that would sit in situ for up to year and adjust to any changes in the child’s face during this time. The prostheses were designed using 3D software before being 3D printed; which is becoming a fast-growing method in the maxillofacial field for creating custom-made implants for patients.