What is Dermoscopy? How Does it Work?

Dermoscopy is a technique for evaluating the subsurface of the skin and diagnosing affected areas and lesions. The process uses a handheld instrument known as a dermatoscope. While it may sound invasive, it is in fact a non-invasive procedure. Dermoscopy involves the use of light, magnification and color to create a detailed image of the skin and its sublayers. It can provide much more detail than a dermatologist might get from a visual inspection alone.

Conditions Treated by Dermoscopy

Dermoscopy is used in the diagnosis of skin conditions such as sun damage and skin cancer. It can identify areas of concern that are not yet visible on the skin and provide more detail on a visible skin lesion. A dermatoscope can also be used to help a dermatologist identify the difference between benign and malignant growths related to melanoma.

Related Conditions

Common Skin Growths

There are a number of common, non-cancerous skin growths that are prevalent in our population. Learn More


Freckles are a common skin condition and non-life threatening that typically appear as small brown spots. Learn More


Melanoma is the most serious kind of skin cancer. Melanin is created by cells called melanocytes and gives your skin its particular color. Learn More


Moles are a common skin condition in which a cluster of pigmented cells create a distinct skin growth. Learn More

Skin Cancer

There are many types of skin cancer but the most common are basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma. Learn More

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