April 1976

Custom Implants for Reconstruction of Craniofacial Defects

Author Affiliations

From the Ohio Plastic Surgeons, Columbus.

Arch Surg. 1976;111(4):452-455. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1976.01360220148024

• This method deals with the fabrication of a custom silicone implant using Dow Corning Medical Grade Elastomer 382 (room-temperature vulcanizing silicone). The technique has been utilized in 34 cases during the past five years with a satisfactory end result in 33 of the 34 cases. This method, which appears to be quite accurate in obliterating the obvious defect, is simple in its execution and reduces the overall amount of operative time, since no carving or manipulation is necessary. It avoids unsightly "donor scars," and in some instances, the surgery can be done on an outpatient basis.

(Arch Surg 111:452-455, 1976)