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SkinTones Systems2019-06-04T13:49:25-04:00

Why Choose the SkinTones Systems?

Prosthetic covers are loosely split into two types: The common variety, cheap plastic-looking imitations of a natural leg and the very custom one-of-a-kind life-like silicone skins. We find this surprising considering how important regaining anatomical wholeness is for amputees. That’s why the research and development team at A Step Ahead Prosthetics embarked on a quest to create a line of skin covers which would offer amputees more choices without sacrificing quality and aesthetics.

First we decided that regardless of the price range, all SkinTones products would be fabricated from high-grade silicone to better replicate human skin texture and color. We also realized that since each one of our skins is sculpted by hand we could offer features only found on more expensive systems, such as split toes and a wide range of natural colors. After creating a strict set of fabrication guidelines and carefully considering what our patients had been looking for we settled on two distinct product lines: ProSystem Hyper-Realistic and Premium Ready-to-Wear protective silicone skin covers. Later, continuing to follow our patients’ needs and requests, we added the Ready-to-Wear silicone foot shells.

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:

SEEING IS BELIEVING

Premium Ready-to-Wear Protective Skin Covers

Our Ready-to-Wear skins offer the best combination of affordability and custom features on the market today.

Ready-to-Wear Prosthetic Foot Shells

The Ready-to-Wear foot shells are a great solution for those looking to show the toes without covering the entire prosthesis.

ProSystem Hyper-Realistic Protective Skin Covers

Where the latest technology meets hand-crafted artistry to deliver bespoke objects of self-expression.

Pediatric, Newborn, and Partial Prosthesis.

Always the highest level of detail and quality, from the tip of a finger to a full-leg pediatric prosthetic.

HOW DO OUR SKINS COMPARE?

PREMIUM READY-TO-WEAR

Affordable. Still Looks Like a Million Bucks.

A Step Ahead Prosthetics is proud to present the Premium Ready-to-Wear line of made-to-order protective silicone covers. Forget what you know about “off-the-shelf” covers, with their unnatural look and cheap plastic feel. Our high-quality covers are made by hand using a revolutionary process which yields a level of strength and detail never found on pre-fab covers before.

  • Affordable solution, great for a secondary prosthesis

  • Designed to fit over most prosthesis on the market

  • Pliable; stretches over foam core for a natural shape

  • Hard nails, split toes, skin textures, and up to 2.5″ heels

  • Remote color kit available to try and choose at home

  • Only “off-the-shelf” made with multiple silicone tones

  • Can be ordered online and delivered to your door

PROSYSTEM HYPER-REALISTIC CUSTOM

Only Nature Could Do Better. Barely.

The ProSystem Hyper-Realistic protective skins are just that: hyper-realistic. Our proprietary hand-layering technique allows our technicians and anaplastologists to vary the thickness and direction of the materials according to our strict fabrication guidelines. Several days of extreme attention goes into fabricating each one of these natural-looking protective covers.

  • Perfect for those looking for the ultimate expression

  • In-person, private consultation throughout the process

  • Extensive anatomical analysis for precise sculpting

  • Acrylic nails; veins; hair; split toes, up to 4.5″ heels

  • Most accurate color matching system available

  • Translucent multi-layering for unparalleled detail

  • One-of-a-kind covers made to each individual

GOT QUESTIONS?

Is there a “Care Instructions” sheet for the I can download and print?2019-06-04T14:45:34-04:00

Sure! You can download/print the Care Instruction Sheet by clicking here.

How long does a skin typically last?2019-05-31T13:43:08-04:00

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.

My skin tone actually changes during the year; I like to tan in the summer! How can I choose a single color?2019-06-04T14:46:01-04:00

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!

How much weight will a skin add to my prosthesis?2019-05-31T11:41:15-04:00

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).

Will a skin hinder the function of my prosthesis in any way?2017-05-04T10:13:27-04:00

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.

I have an above knee amputation, will the skin bend without tearing?2019-05-31T13:47:41-04:00

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.

My insurance company says a skin is “not medically necessary,” can you help?2019-05-31T14:00:33-04:00

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.

How do partial prosthetics like fingers and toes stay attached?2017-04-24T11:58:16-04:00

There are a number of methods used to attach partial prosthetics including suction, adhesives, bone implants, and magnets.

Will nail polish remover harm the skin?2019-06-05T16:02:06-04:00

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.

Will oil or grease harm the skin?2019-05-31T14:32:45-04:00

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.

Will sunlight cause my skin to fade or discolor?2019-06-05T15:54:48-04:00

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.

Can the skin get wet?2019-06-05T15:50:02-04:00

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).

Can I have my prosthetist get in touch with you to help me order?2019-06-04T14:49:27-04:00

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.

How do I know the skin will fit over my prosthesis?2019-06-05T15:33:40-04:00

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.

Can I return or exchange a skin or foot shell?2019-06-05T14:53:18-04:00

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.

Will things like permanent marker wash off my skin?2017-05-04T11:36:48-04:00

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.

Will my skin get dirty easily?2019-06-05T08:56:32-04:00

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.

I want a custom skin, but I can’t travel. What are my options?2019-06-05T15:19:20-04:00

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.

How do I clean and maintain my skin?2017-05-04T14:47:29-04:00

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.

Do you offer financing?2019-06-05T14:28:04-04:00

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.

Can I paint the nails on my skin?2017-05-04T15:27:58-04:00

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.

Can I get a tattoo on my skin?2017-05-04T15:25:02-04:00

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.

WHAT NOW?

GET A FREE ESTIMATE

Since the cost of producing a custom skin varies so much, the easiest way to start the process is to send us a few details on what your needs are. We’re more than happy to look into your case and quickly respond with the best solution. No strings attached!

REQUEST A CONSULTATION

Want a custom silicone skin for your next prosthesis? Get in touch with us to schedule a consultation and a tour of our facility. Our one-of-a-kind protective covers are made by hand for the ultimate feel, and that natural look to perfectly replicate your sound side.

READY TO ORDER?

Premium Ready-to-Wear Protective Silicone Skins and our life-like silicone foot shells can now be ordered online!

The process is simple and quick. Visit the store to learn more!

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