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Passive prosthetics are realistic in appearance and semi-functional. These prosthetics are practical when an amputee is most concerned about his or her image and the weight of the prosthetic. The amputee is also interested in some degree of functionality. A passive prosthetic is made from a light, flexible skinned mold. Underneath is a metal skeleton. The user of the prosthetic may position the prosthetic in order to fit his or her needs. A passive cosmetic prosthetic is most commonly used in above-the-elbow and below-the-elbow amputations. In terms of appearance, these passive prosthetics range from being in the correct shape of the limb to looking completely realistic; the latter are much more expensive. For those amputees who just want to be able to have a realistic prosthetic with some functionality, passive prosthetics are a good option.