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Skin Calipers

Skin Calipers

Skin calipers are a device, usually used by a dermatologist, for measuring the thickness of skin. This is achieved by placing one end of the instrument gently but firmly on the surface of the target area and then pressuring to measure the distance from the surface to the bone.

The other end is a specially calibrated screw that exerts a constant pressure as it moves downward, which will help to account for fat and muscle thickness. The reading is then converted into millimeters or inches.

How to use Skin Calipers

Skin thickness is measured in millimeters, and general guidelines indicate that a healthy adult has between 16-24mm of subcutaneous fat. The measurement is taken at 3 sites on each side of the body: triceps, subscapular, and anterior thigh.

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