Absence of the nose and absence of the ear as a result of disease, trauma or developmental failure are two common types of facial deformities for which restoration is indicated. Obviously, a man or woman who has such a handicap would be extremely grateful for any help which might enable him or her to regain a normal appearance.
Reconstruction by means of plastic surgery is, of course, given first consideration. On the other hand, restoration by prosthetic methods is useful under the following conditions:
When the patient is of advanced age.
When the patient needs an immediate restoration in order to carry on his or her work after removal of a malignant growth before reconstruction by surgical methods is advisable.
When the patient is unable financially to pay for hospitalization for a plastic surgical operation.
When operation is considered inadvisable because of the situation or extent
BULBULIAN AH. PROSTHETIC RECONSTRUCTION OF NOSE AND EAR WITH A LATEX COMPOUND. JAMA. 1941;116(14):1504-1506. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820140016004