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Skintel Melanin Reader

Skintel Melanin ReaderThe Skintel™ Melanin Reader provides an additional element of treatment confidence by determining the average melanin density of skin, in a quantitative manner, prior to treatment.

For use with the Palomar Icon™ Aesthetic System, the Skintel reader aids the treatment process by providing 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.

The Skintel Melanin Reader offers practitioners a quantitative method of measuring melanin content for better treatment guidance and an added element of confidence.

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Palomar Icon’s Skintel Melanin Reading Benefits

What is the key benefit in having a Skintel device?

At Cosmediclinic we are the first clinic in Victoria to utilize Palomar’s new ICON laser package. The Skintel device allows us to perfectly match the laser settings to the client; not only in relation to their skin-type in general, but – more crucially – in response to the specific characteristics of melanin concentrations in the area being treated. This allows Cosmediclinic to deliver targeted and appropriately customized laser treatment for each individual client, without having to start off laser treatments on the basis of vague estimations of skin-type, sun-exposure history, and client sensitivity. The Skintel is a scientific instrument that enables us to practice better medicine: it is the equivalent of a thermometer, as it provides objective and critically useful information that we can utilize in our assessment and proposed treatment plan.

How does the Skintel revolutionise laser procedures in general?

The Skintel device allows us to record a quantitative measurement of individual pigmentation that is objective and scientific. This will potentially allow all superficial laser treatments to be performed in reference to a register of predictable outcomes: what a wonderful breakthrough, for clients and practitioners alike!

Without a device like Skintel, how difficult is it to ensure that the right settings are being used for individual needs?

There is a huge range of factors that can influence how we perceive the skin-type of a patient: time of day, reflected colour in the immediate environment, individual colour perception and visual acuity variations between individuals… even the best efforts at creating objective and transferable definitions of skin type have been fraught, as they have been reliant upon subjective application of their assessment criteria by individual practitioners. The Skintel provides reassuring pigmentation analysis that eliminates guesswork (no matter how “intelligent”!) and allows commencement of laser treatments with a much reduced possibility of potential adverse outcomes.

How does it work?

At Cosmediclinic we always utilize the Skintel device during an initial consultation with a prospective client if laser treatment is being considered as an option. It reassures a new client with the knowledge that Cosmediclinic takes a serious professional approach to laser work, and that our analysis of the particular needs and characteristics of each individual provides the fundamental basis from which all recommendations and treatments proceed. The Skintel device provides a quick and easy pigmentation reading, whilst also acting as a symbolic introduction to the scientific and methodical practices of Cosmediclinic. This means that our treatment staff can enter the treatment room knowing that it has been fully prepped for the particular needs of the incoming patient, and that the relevant client pigmentation data can be immediately utilized to formulate their laser setting requirements without the need for further subjective assessments.

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