An easy-to-use handheld instrument compatible with select Cynosure technologies treating a spectrum of skin tones 

The Cynosure Skintel® Melanin Reader™  precisely determines the melanin density of patient’s skin, aiding providers in choosing appropriate settings to provide optimal treatment results prior to a light-based aesthetic treatment and is inclusive in addressing diverse skin tones.

The Skintel® Melanin Reader™ helps measure the skin’s diffuse reflectance at three unique wavelengths of light, and computes this into a Melanin Index Value for objective measurement of the melanin content of the skin. This innovative technology is especially important when treating the full Fitzpatrick scale.

How It Works: The provider takes three Skintel® measurements on the skin near the area to be treated. Within seconds, Skintel® wirelessly sends real time melanin readings to the system to guide the provider in selecting the most accurate treatment settings.

Cynosure devices that are compatible with the new Skintel® Melanin Reader

  • Icon Laser treats hair removal and skin revitalization for pigmentation, vascular lesions, stretch marks and skin resurfacing concerns
  • Elite iQ treats hair removal and skin revitalization for pigmentation and vascular lesions concerns
  • Vectus treats hair removal

Dr. Paul Wallace, Ladera Heights-based physician specializing in dermatology, plastic, and reconstructive surgery, explains “Skintel® Melanin Reader™ aides in properlyassessing all skin types from ebony to alabaster addressing the need for inclusivity when treating diverse skin tones.”

A thorough patient assessment is always recommended prior to treatment. Proper assessment will help to determine the appropriate handpiece used to conduct the treatment. The Skintel® Melanin Reader™ will help aid the practitioner in choosing appropriate settings to minimize side effects and provide optimal treatment results when using any of the aesthetic devices.

The Skintel® Melanin Reader™ is commercially available in the U.S. Cynosure is a global leader in medical aesthetics with 30 years of technology expertise, and to learn more please visit,