Since 1990, Keith Londsdale, a 74 year old man had received over 45 different surgical procedures to survive through basal cell carcinoma, one of the most common skin cancer in the United States.
The man did manage to fight through the devastating medical condition but was left with an incurable scar. Due to the continuous surgical procedures, the man’s face was left without a nose, an upper jaw bone and cheekbones. Instead, a huge hole covered a substantially big section of his face.
During the following years, Keith had several treatments such as mask-like prosthesis to first cover up his face and with hopes to gain the ability to eat, drink or to properly speak.
After Scott Londsdale, the son of Keith realized that his father won’t benefit from any of the traditional prosthetics, Scott reached out for Jason Watson, a reconstructive scientist at Nottingham’s Queen’s Medical Center to ask to build 3D models of his face that could be used for his father.
Due to the request, Watson began to 3D scan Scott’s facial shape and used a special computer algorithm to create a 3D printable model to create an exact replica of Scott’s face.
The 3D modeled replica of the sections of Scott’s face was then used to create the missing part of Keith’s face, with a wax-based molding and a silicone mask.
Surprisingly, the silicone mask fit Keith perfectly, and covered up the huge part of Keith’s face that was missing.
Watson stated “The process of rebuilding Keith’s face was unique in many ways but this was certainly the first time we’ve created a prosthesis based on a family resemblance”