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SkinTones Systems2019-05-16T14:49:38-04:00

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.

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.
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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.
CHOOSE YOUR COLOR TONE

ProSystem Hyper-Realistic Protective Skin Covers

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

How long does a skin typically last?2017-05-04T10:02:38-04:00

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.

My skin tone actually changes during the year; I like to tan in the summer! How can I choose a single color?2017-05-04T10:05:27-04:00

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 color 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?2017-05-04T10:08:35-04:00

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).

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?2017-05-04T10:15:53-04:00

Yes, full-length skins for above the knee amputees are specifically designed to flex with the prosthetic knee joint without tearing.

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?2017-05-04T10:25:54-04:00

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.

Will oil or grease harm the skin?2017-05-04T10:27:28-04:00

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?2017-05-04T10:33:03-04:00

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 baked within the silicone layers.

Can the skin get wet?2017-04-26T15:11:49-04:00

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.

Can I have my prosthetist get in touch with you to help me order?2017-05-04T10:51:52-04:00

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!

How do I know the skin will fit over my prosthesis?2017-05-04T10:44:50-04:00

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.

Can a skin be repaired if it is damaged, and if so, how much will it cost?2017-05-04T11:01:18-04:00

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.

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?2017-05-04T11:40:01-04:00

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?2017-10-13T10:37:49-04:00

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 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.

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?2017-05-11T11:42:55-04:00

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 protective silicone 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 particular case and quickly respond with the best solution. No strings attached!

CONTINUE…

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.

YES, LET’S DO IT!

READY TO ORDER?

Premium Ready-to-Wear Protective Silicone Skins can now be ordered online! The process is simple and quick. You send us some information and we’ll send you a SkinTones color kit. After you choose your favorite skin color, we will send you a cover made just for you!

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Are You a Healthcare Provider?

SkinTones are sold directly to the public. If you are a healthcare provider, doctor, prosthetist or technician looking to offer SkinTones to your patients, please contact us and we’ll try to facilitate the process.

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THE ALL NEW SKINTONES SYSTEM

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