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 THEY COMPARE?
The life span of a protective cover is about three years, although this can vary based on your typical usage and how well you care for and maintain the skin.
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 color 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 1,000 grams to a prosthesis (14 to 35 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.
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 the acrylic fingernails. 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 baked within the silicone layers.
Yes, water will not damage the skin. However, you should bear in mind that the skin will not protect any non-waterproof internal mechanisms that are part of your prosthesis from water damage.
Absolutely. While our Custom skins are mostly fitted over prosthetics made by us, our Premium Ready-to-Wear skins were specifically designed to fit over a variety of third party devices. Maybe your prosthetist is already in our Partner Provider network!
Part of the purchasing process is to take certain measurements which will provide us with the dimensions needed to choose the right size for you. The Premium Ready-to-Wear protective skin covers were designed to fit various body types and are quite flexible. If you choose to get a ProSystem Custom skin our technicians will measure and install it at one of our facilities.
Although our silicone protective skins are true and tested, excessive localized stress can puncture or tear the surface. Most damage can be fully repaired by our technicians. Cost and results will vary based on the type/location of damage and amount of time required to fix it. Prices are very reasonable.
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 customize a Ready-to-Wear skin! Contact our SkinTones department to get the details. 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.
THE ALL NEW SKINTONES SYSTEM
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