Our dermatologists are available immediately to investigate anything that might be worrying you. VisitHealth’s skin specialists are experienced to detect and diagnose all skin conditions, and will take great care with a thorough and precise examination. They will decide on a bespoke treatment plan, if needed, to start straight away.

What is a dermatoscopy?

A dermatoscopy (also known as a dermoscopy or epiluminescence microscopy) is used to look at pigmented skin lesions or moles that might be causing concern. It uses a handheld visual aid device called a dermatoscope, like a magnifying glass, to look at subsurface skin structures in the epidermis which cannot be seen with the naked eye. The specialist will put some oil or gel on to the skin so that the dermatoscope moves around easily to allow close examination. The procedure is safe and does not hurt.

What parts of the body does a dermatoscopy scan?

The skin on all parts of the body.

What conditions can a dermatoscopy be used to diagnose or monitor?

  • Distinguishing between benign and malignant tumours
  • Cancerous lesions: melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma
  • Benign skin conditions: Angiomas, dermatofibromas, seborrheic keratosis

What’s different about having a dermatoscopy at Visit Health?

Worrying and waiting are the worst parts of thinking something might be wrong. VisitHealth will not make you wait. You will be able to see a specialist immediately during business hours at our west London medical centre. Any biopsy will be sent straight to VisitHealth’s lab for immediate testing. Your specialist team will prescribe and start on a course of action straight away for your peace of mind. "


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