The Skin Tones System

Anaplastology is the art and science
 of replacing a missing body part.
 The Skin Tones System, developed
 by A Step Ahead Prosthetics, uses a unique silicone skin 
that covers a prosthesis, unifying 
form and function to create a limb
 that looks natural and perfectly 
matches skin tones. The Skin Tones
 System also helps restore a normal
 look to body parts, such as the face 
or breast, that have been damaged by surgery or radiation therapy.

The Skin Tones System

The Skin Tones System works for many different applications, from cosmesis for limb replacement or other injuries to body parts. It is designed to work with all levels of upper and lower extremity limb loss as well as breast replacement and maxillofacial areas including ears and nose. The Skin Tones System’s durability, longevity, custom fit, and toning all make it the most advanced skin system for patients. No matter what the application, The Skin Tones System realistically replaces what is no longer there.

Erik Schaffer, C.P., President of A Step Ahead Prosthetics and Orthotics, developed The Skin Tones System during his nearly two decades of experience in the field of prosthetics. He oversees a team of artisans, craftsmen, and silicone/urethane engineers with a combined experience of more than 50 years in the art and science of anaplastology.

The premise behind The Skin Tones System is simple: Every individual is unique; therefore, every prosthesis is customized to each patient’s unique anatomy, appearance, and lifestyle. Just as we build prosthetics 
customized to an individual’s functional needs, we also provide cosmesis customized to his/her cosmetic needs.

The coloration process involves determining the patient’s exact skin tone and then creating a silicone skin with the same tone to allow the prosthesis to visually blend into his/her body. Our artisans color and tone the silicone with a special process known as intrinsic coloration. This process involves applying the color on the inside of the skin in layers, producing a three dimensional replication of human skin with or without human hair. The result is a prosthesis that mimics real human skin, with actual depth, tone, and detail to match each person’s individual flesh tones.

Each of our silicone skin
 coverings is customized to
 fit intimately over even the 
most advanced prosthetic
 components including myo
electrics, energy storage 
feet, and microprocessor
 knees. This exact fit allows 
the patient to maintain a high level of function while significantly enhancing the appearance of his or her cosmesis. In addition, due to the intimate fit of The Skin Tones System, the patient can develop improved proprioception by sensing the vibrations from the skin to the residual limb. The durability of the skin also aids in protecting the prosthetic components and increasing their lifespan.

Patients who are missing a body part experience significant physical and often emotional trauma. The missing part may be a hand, arm, leg, breast, or facial area such as an ear or 
nose. Prosthetics and reconstructive surgery are the first steps to alleviating such trauma. A Step Ahead Prosthetics provides further relief with options and hope that a cosmetic prosthesis can offer.

The unique silicone is custom formulated for A Step Ahead Prosthetics to be nearly impermeable. The Skin Tones System has exceptional stain and tear resistance. Newsprint and most inks can be safely washed off the skin without compromising its structural integrity or color. In contrast, PVC and latex, which are widely used by other prosthetists, are easily damaged because they are porous, acting like a sponge when exposed to stain-producing products.

New! SkinTones Anatomical System.

A Step Ahead Prosthetics is proud to announce the newly redesigned 2017 SkinTones System! Visit the new site to learn more about it.

Visit the new SkinTones site!