October is Domestic Violence Month, and if you remember Tanya's Story, I was in the process of making her a hemifacial prosthesis 14 years after a domestic violence incident.
We saw each other again for the next step last Friday. We spent the majority of the time making sure the prosthesis was comfortable and fit well. In the end I could feel suction when removing the model from her face. She said it was "starting to feel like a part of me."
Again, we spent a lot of time manipulating the position of the eye. I consider these the "boring" steps, but they are absolutely necessary for a good final outcome.
Finally we moved on to the sculpting of the anterior surface:
The result is pretty good so far, but I have more work to do in the lab. Next time we will finalize the sculpting and add some skin textures.
We want everyone to see what a prosthesis can do to restore a person's normal appearance. I would like to thank Tanya for sharing these photos of what many would consider an intimate process, and for speaking out about her cause.
Photos posted with permission from Tanya. Healing Hearts of Domestic Violence.