Dr. Hina Altaf Dermatologist

Dermoscopy for moles and other benign/malignant lesions

Dermoscopy for moles and other benign/malignant lesions

Dermoscopy is a non-invasive diagnostic tool used by dermatologists to examine skin lesions, including moles, for signs of melanoma or other types of skin cancer. It involves using a handheld device called a dermatoscope to examine the skin lesion under magnification and with polarized light. The procedure allows for the visualization of subsurface skin structures in the epidermis, at the dermoepidermal junction, and in the papillary dermis; these structures are usually not visible to the naked eye. The dermoscopic images may be photographed or recorded digitally for storage or sequential monitoring for change.

Here’s what you need to know about dermoscopy for moles and other benign and malignant skin lesions.

Moles: Moles, also known as nevi, are common skin lesions that are usually benign. However, some moles can develop into melanoma, a type of skin cancer. Dermoscopy can be used to examine moles for signs of melanoma, such as asymmetry, irregular borders, uneven color, and changes in size or shape over time. Dermoscopy can help dermatologists identify which moles may require further evaluation or biopsy.

Other benign skin lesions: Dermoscopy can also be used to examine other types of benign skin lesions, such as seborrheic keratoses, angiomas, and dermatofibromas. These types of skin lesions can sometimes resemble melanoma or other types of skin cancer, but dermoscopy can help to differentiate between benign and malignant lesions.

Skin cancer: Dermoscopy is a useful tool for identifying signs of skin cancer, including melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma. Dermoscopy can help dermatologists to identify the specific type of skin cancer, determine the stage of the cancer, and develop an appropriate treatment plan.

Dermoscopy is a safe and non-invasive diagnostic tool that can help dermatologists to identify early signs of skin cancer and other skin lesions that may require further evaluation or treatment. It is important to have regular skin checks with a dermatologist to monitor any changes in your skin and to identify any new or suspicious lesions. If you have any concerns about moles or other skin lesions, talk to your healthcare provider to determine if dermoscopy or other diagnostic tests may be appropriate for your individual needs.

Minimal Downtime

You can return to your daily routine immediately after

Immediate Results

Results within 24 to 48 hours, with full results in 30 days

Painless Procedure

Brief period of discomfort during the injection, similar to a pinch

Results That Last

Effects typically last for several months

Dermoscopy, also known as dermatoscopy or epiluminescence microscopy, is a non-invasive imaging technique used by dermatologists to examine skin lesions and determine whether they are benign or potentially cancerous. It involves the use of a handheld device called a dermoscope, which provides a magnified view of the skin surface and allows for the visualization of subsurface structures.
Dermoscopy enhances the visualization of skin lesions, enabling dermatologists to identify specific patterns and structures that can aid in the diagnosis of skin cancer. By examining features such as pigment distribution, vascular patterns, and the presence of specific structures (e.g., pigment network, dots, globules), dermoscopy improves the accuracy of diagnosing melanoma and other skin cancers compared to visual inspection alone.
While dermoscopy is highly valuable in diagnosing skin cancer, it is also utilized for the evaluation of various other skin conditions. Dermatologists often employ dermoscopy to differentiate benign skin lesions from malignant ones, evaluate inflammatory skin disorders, identify hair and nail abnormalities, and assess vascular lesions, among other applications.
No, dermoscopy is a non-invasive and painless procedure. It involves gently placing the dermoscope on the skin's surface to examine the lesion. In some cases, a thin layer of oil or liquid may be applied to improve the visualization. The procedure is generally well-tolerated and does not cause discomfort.
Dermoscopy examinations are primarily performed by dermatologists, who have specialized training in the field of dermatology and skin disorders. Dermatologists undergo extensive education and hands-on training to become proficient in dermoscopy techniques. They are skilled in interpreting dermoscopic images and making accurate diagnoses based on the findings.

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Dr. Hinah Altaf’s clinic is currently at Gargash Hospital, 145 Umm Suqeim Street – Umm Al Sheif -Dubai.