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.
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.
The Skintel Melanin Reader measures the skin’s diffuse reflectance at three unique wavelengths of light. These values are computed into a Melanin Index value, which corresponds to a Skintel fluence as a suggestion for a starting test spot fluence.
The aesthetic treatment provider takes Skintel measurements on a section of skin within or near the area to be treated. An average of the measurements is sent to the Icon system via a wireless connection.
The Icon system then suggests a starting test spot fluence. The practitioner uses clinical judgment to choose a starting test spot fluence, which may be the suggested Skintel fluence or a higher or lower fluence.
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The Skintel™ Melanin Reader™ is the only FDA-cleared melanin reader, offering a quantitative method of measuring melanin content.