Cranial Maxillofac Trauma Reconstruction
DOI: 10.1055/s-0037-1603459
Review Article
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Prosthetics in Facial Reconstruction

Jaclyn Klimczak1, Samuel Helman1, Sameep Kadakia1, Raja Sawhney2, Manoj Abraham3, Allison K. Vest4, Yadranko Ducic5
  • 1Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai, New York, New York
  • 2Department of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, University of Florida Health Science Center, Gainesville, Florida
  • 3Department of Facial Plastic Surgery, New York Medical College, West Chester, New York
  • 4Department of Anaplastology, Medical Arts Prosthetics LLC, Mckinney, Texas
  • 5Otolaryngology and Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, Fort Worth, Texas
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Publication History

11 January 2017

25 February 2017

Publication Date:
22 May 2017 (eFirst)


Reconstruction of the head and neck can be a challenging undertaking owing to numerous considerations for successful rehabilitation. Although head and neck defects were once considered irretrievably morbid and associated with a poor quality of life, advances in surgical technique has immensely contributed to the well-being of these patients. However, all patients are not suitable surgical candidates and many have sought nonsurgical options for functional and cosmetic restoration. As such, the advent of prostheses has ameliorated those concerns and provided a viable alternative for select patient populations. Prosthetic reconstruction has evolved significantly over the past decade. Advances in biocompatible materials and imaging adjuncts have spurred further discovery and forward progress. A multidisciplinary approach to head and neck reconstruction focused on appropriate expectations and patient-centered goals is most successfully coordinated by a team of head and neck surgeons, maxillofacial surgeons, and prosthetic specialists. The aim of this article is to provide a comprehensive review of the current trends for prosthetic rehabilitation of head and neck defects, and further elaborate on the limitations and advancements in the field.