Since skin forms the interface between the human body and the environment, its mechanical properties are important in health and disease. Bioengineering of the Skin: Skin Biomechanics gives a thorough introduction in the biological basis of skin biomechanics. It explains the non-invasive methods that allow measurement of the mechanical properties of the skin focusing on commercially available instruments.
Written by internationally leading experts in the field of non-invasive measurement technology of the skin, this volume describes the anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, and pathology of skin biomechanics. It explains in detail how to measure skin mechanic properties and how to use these measurements in the development of drugs and cosmetics.
INTRODUCTION: Mechanical Properties of Human Skin: Biomechemical Aspects. Mechanical Properties of Human Skin: Animal Models. Mechanical Properties of Human Skin: Elasticity Parameters and Their Relevance. Mechanical Properties of the Skin During Friction Assessment. ELASTICITY AND VISCOELASTICITY: General Aspects: Hardware and Basic Principles of the Dermal Torque Meter. In Vivo Tensile Tests on Human Skin: The Extensometers. Hardware and Measuring Principles: The Cutometer. Hardware and Measurement Principles: The Gas-bearing Electrodynamometer and Linear Skin Rheometer. Hardware and Measuring Principles: The Dermaflex A. Hardware and Measuring Principles: The DermaLab. Hardware and Measuring Principles: The Dermagraph in Patients with Systemic Sclerosis and in Healthy Volunteers. Hardware and Measuring Principles: The Durometer. Hardware and Measuring Principles: The Ballistometer. Hardware and Measuring Principles: The Microindentometer. Standardization of Skin Biomechanical Measurements. Mapping Mechanical Properties of Human Skin. Skin Mechanics and Hydration. Skin Tensile Strength in Scleroderma. Mechanical Properties in Other Dermatological Diseases. Product Testing: Skin Biomechanics: Antiaging Products. Product Testing: Moisturizers. Antikeloidal Products. Index.