Dermoscopy is the process of examination of skin, hair or nails with the help of a special hand-held device called a Dermatoscope. This instrument helps in determining the structures of skin which are not visible by the naked eye.
What is dermoscopy?
This allows the magnification of skin structures from 10-100 times. Dermoscopy has revolutionized the way in which skin diseases are diagnosed and treated as now the dermatologist can visualize things that was not possible before. Dermatoscopy is a newer science and practiced in very few centers in the country.
How is it performed?
It is performed with the help of an instrument known as dermatoscope which can come directly in contact with skin. In convex areas like the nail a special immersion liquid is used to enhance the visibility. The images can be stored on a computer for later use.
Are you a candidate?
You can ask your dermatologist if Dermoscopy will help you in making a better diagnosis. At Derma Circles our doctors routinely use the best quality Dermatoscopes from 3Gen, USA.
What are the benefits?
Dermoscopy is a painless, non-invasive procedure. It hardly takes 5-10 minutes to perform. Also in many cases it may obviate the need for a biopsy which would otherwise leave a scar.