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All ARTech prostheses are custom fabricated from a special blend of silicone polymers which offers flexibility, patient comfort, durability, and stain resistance. Silicone is resistant to high and low temperatures, the effects of the sun, and is one of the few materials which is well tolerated by the human body and, therefore, rarely incites dermatological reactions. Silicone is readily repaired if damaged. A special mixture of pigments is intrinsically blended to give all ARTech prosthetic restorations a translucent skinlike appearance which is colorfast. When necessary, the material is reinforced in areas where the margins are thin.
Every custom made prosthesis is sculpted in wax over a stone duplicate of the patient's injured limb which has been reduced and adjusted by ARTech technicians to provide a proper fit. Then through high density casting, a silicone positive model is produced which has all three dimensional details such as lines, wrinkles and veins as well as the interior socket. Final detailing such as hair, freckles, age spots, etc. is achieved by painting with 100% silicone paints.
ARTech prostheses are held in place by custom fitting and suction in most cases. Adhesives are rarely required. Sensitive areas on the injury site can be relieved by incorporating softer silicones into the internal surface of the prosthesis socket.
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