A: A cosmetic cover is created by covering your prosthetic components in a foam, which is then shaped to resemble your other limb. After the shaping is completed a textured skin that matches your skin tone will be applied to the outside of the foam to create a more realistic-looking prosthesis.
It is important to carefully weigh the benefits of a cosmetic cover against the potential compromises in performance that may have to be made. For example, while a cosmetic cover may make an above-knee prosthesis look more realistic, the foam will also inhibit the motion of the knee to some extent. If you require assistance in determining whether or not a cosmetic cover is the right thing for you, consult one of our prosthetists for advice. They will be able to clearly explain the advantages and disadvantages of using a cover with your specific prosthetic solution.