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1. WO1997024089 - ARTIFICIAL SKIN CONSTRUCTION

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C AIMS
1. An artificial skin construction for use in overlying a body restorative device
applied to the body of an individual, said construction having a skin coloration,
said construction having an outer surface and an inner surface and comprising a base 5 layer with at least a first and second layer overlying said base layer to form a composite
sandwich,
said first and second layers each comprising a polymeric material which permits see- through visibility at least to said base layer,
at least one of said first and second layers having a predetermined colorant designed to o permit interaction of said first and second layers with each other to visually present an artificial skin appearance closely matched to the skin coloration of said individual which said construction is applied.

2. An artificial skin construction in accordance with claim 1 , wherein at least one of s said layers comprises at least one clear, unpigmented portion.

3. An artificial skin construction in accordance with claim 2, wherein at least said outer surface of said construction is textured to simulate normal skin.

o 4. An artificial skin construction in accordance with claim 2 and further comprising said base layer having mechanical properties to support said first and second layers and act as a means for mounting said artificial skin construction on the body restorative device attached thereto.

5 5. An artificial skin construction in accordance with claim 4 and further comprising a body restorative device attached to said base layer.

6. An artificial skin construction in accordance with claim 2 and further comprising at least five layers constructed in accordance with said first and second layers,
0 said layers each having an overall thickness of approximately 0.001 to about 0.005 inch, with a total sandwich thickness of no greater than 0.1 inch.

7. An artificial skin construction in accordance with claim 6, wherein said layers generally vary in darker coloration with the lightest coloration at said outer surface and the darker colorations extending towards said inner surface.

8. An artificial skin construction in accordance with claim 7 wherein at least two of said layers are clear to enhance three dimensional effect of said skin construction.

9. A method of forming an artificial skin construction for use in overlying a body restorative device which can be applied to the body of an individual having a skin coloration, said method comprising forming a base layer and depositing successive layers of a polymeric material thereover,
said polymeric material comprising materials selected from colorant containing and non-colorant containing material to impart see-through visibility to said layers so deposited,
said colorants designed to permit interaction among said layers to visually present an artificial skin appearance closely matched to the skin coloration of the individuals to which the constructions are applied.

10. a kit for use in forming an artificial skin construction,
said kit comprising, a plurality of polymeric coating materials having preselected colorants.
each of said different colorants being selectable to mimic a skin appearance,
a clear polymeric coating material being devoid of colorant,
said colorant containing polymeric materials being selected to allow interaction with each other to provide for a wide variety of natural skin colorants when certain of said coating materials are coated in a sandwich configuration.