Skintel Melanin Reader

The Skintel® Melanin Reader, the only FDA-cleared melanin reader, offers aesthetic practitioners a quantitative method of measuring melanin content for better treatment guidance and an added element of confidence.

The Skintel Melanin Reader quantitatively determines the average melanin density of skin prior to an energy-based aesthetic treatment. Understanding how much melanin is in the skin helps you to best choose the treatment settings on our systems for enhanced outcomes, while minimising the risk of over-treatment.

For use with the Icon™ aesthetic system and the Vectus™ laser,  the Skintel reader provides suggested test spot settings based on the individual’s Melanin Index value.

Until now, aesthetic treatment providers have primarily relied on fairly subjective tools to determine a client’s skin type, including the traditional Fitzpatrick Skin Type evaluation, observations of the client’s skin, and the client’s account of recent sun exposure.

How the Skintel Melanin Reader works

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Clinical Data

The Skintel™ Melanin Reader™ is the only FDA-cleared melanin reader, offering a quantitative method of measuring melanin content.

Peer Reviewed

  1. Skin Typing & Melanin Index Skintel Expert Roundtable Supplement <Link to: Dermatology Times®supplement>
  2. Victor Ross E.V, Vasily D, Cohen J, Weiss R, Green J, Kaufman J, Cerino M. 2012. Real-Time Melanin Measurements to Optimize Treatment Settings and Avoid Complications. American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery.(Abstract)
  3. Dolotov L, Sinichkin Y, Tuchin V, Utz S, Altshuler G, Yaroslavsky I. 2004. Design and Evaluation of a Novel Portable Erythema Melanin Meter. Lasers in Surgery and Medicine. 34:127–135
  4. Anderson R, Manstein D, Altshuler G. 2002. Skin Pigmentation Index as a Predictive Parameter for Optimizing Laser and Light Treatments. Lasers in Surgery and Medicine. 117. (Abstract)
  5. Yaroslavsky I PhD, Childs J PhD, Altshuler G DSc PhD, Zenzie H MS, Cohen R PhD. 2012. Objective Measurement Devices for Melanin Optical Density: Dosimety for Laser and IPLs in Aesthetic Treatments. PMTI
  6. Doherty S MD, Cohen R PhD, Whitney F RN, Bradley O MD, (Ukraine), Seckel B MD. 2012. New Methods for Guidance of Light-Based Treatments Using Objective Melanin Measurements. PMTI.

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