THE SKINTONES WAY
We created two distinct anatomical protective cover systems; both use our proprietary translucent-layering technique, they cover a wider price range than any other system on the market today. Both include the following:
HOW DO OUR SKINS COMPARE?
Sure! You can download/print the Care Instruction Sheet by clicking here.
The life span of a protective cover can vary based on usage and how well one cares for and maintains the skin. We’ve seen skins lasting three years or more.
Some skins vary more than others between seasons. Since your skin color changes and the silicone skin does not, we recommend you go with your natural skin tone at its darkest. Don’t forget, summer is also the time when you’ll most likely be be showing off your skin!
We keep our skins as lightweight as possible, however they also need to be strong; they typically add between 400 and 600 grams to a bk prosthesis (14 to 21 ounces).
They will not hinder the function of your prosthesis, but skins do add some weight. Above knee amputees may see a difference in the way their prosthetic knee performs, although this can be adjusted by a prosthetist to compensate.
Yes, full-length skins for above the knee amputees are specifically designed to flex with the prosthetic knee joint without tearing. We can also make a below the knee skin to fit an above the knee prosthesis half way.
Generally speaking yes, we can help. Our Insurance Team invests a lot of time and resources preparing our claims, to ensure that insurance companies understand that strong, impermeable silicone skins will protect these costly medical devices against the elements. If you have an specific insurance question don’t hesitate to reach out to us.
There are a number of methods used to attach partial prosthetics including suction, adhesives, bone implants, and magnets.
Regular nail polish remover (with acetone) will not damage your silicone protective skin, but it will erode acrylic fingernails if your skin has them. However, you can use an acetone-free nail polish remover without any problems.
Oil and grease can cause molecular breakdown of the skin, so they should be avoided. If you do get oil or grease on your protective silicone skin, clean it as quickly as possible with Dawn dish soap and water.
No, sunlight will not affect the pigmentation of the skin at all. Unlike many skins on the market, A Step Ahead’s prosthetic skins have pigments mixed and baked within the silicone itself. It is important to notice that products with oils and dyes, such as tanning lotions, may stain the silicone and should be washed away as soon as possible.
Absolutely, water will not damage the skin. However, you should bear in mind that the skin cannot protect internal components from water damage if water seeps into your prosthesis from the top (in the shower, heavy rain or when submerged in water beyond the brim for example).
The Premium Ready-to-Wear skins were specifically designed to fit over a variety of third party devices. Your prosthetist will most likely install it without any problems however he or she can contact us directly if questions arise. Our Custom skins must fitted over prosthetics made by us.
The Premium Ready-to-Wear protective skin covers and foot shells were designed to follow industry-standard sizes (their size will match the size of your current foot shell). If you choose to get a ProSystem Custom skin our technicians will measure, manufacture and install it (at one of our facilities), to ensure proper fitment and best aesthetics.
Since we fabricate our Ready-to-Wear skins and foot shells based on your color choice, side and size they cannot be returned nor exchanged. However those coming to our facilities, to have a ProSystem custom skin made, will have a chance to work directly with our anaplastologist to find and decide on their preferred color tone before manufacturing begins.
Generally speaking no. Because our skins are made from pure high-grade silicone, they’re impervious to virtually any staining substances. In rare instances, where permanent ink is left on the skin for a long time, a faint mark may remain even after cleaning with rubbing alcohol.
Just like your body, the skin will get dirty with use. Fortunately, it is quite easy to clean! We recommend avoiding very dark demin, especially when new, and encourage our patients to periodically clean the protective skin with soap and water.
Our ProSystem Custom protective skins are fabricated to each individual and as such require one to be present in our New York facility. The second best alternative would be to purchase a Ready-to-Wear directly from our online shop! Remember, unlike most other skins on the market, our Ready-to-Wear skins come standard with split toes, color nuance and are quite detailed.
Skins can be wiped down with Dawn dish soap (or the like) and water as needed. For tougher stains, alcohol and a kitchen scrubbing pad can be used. We recommended periodically cleaning your protective skin to avoid letting dirt and stains sit on the surface for too long.
While we do not offer financing, our Ready-to-Wear protective skins were developed as an alternative to the more costly custom skins. For those who decide to get a custom skin directly from A Step Ahead Prosthetics, our insurance staff can work closely with you, your employer, and your family to help reduce your financial exposure.
Yes, you can definitely go get yourself a mani-pedi with your SkinTones skin! Just make sure that you use an acetone-free nail polish remover, as acetone will erode the acrylic nails on the skin.
Yes, our SkinTones team can tattoo a skin at the time of fabrication! However, once the skin is completed, it cannot be tattooed. If you are interested in getting a tattoo on your skin, please contact us directly.