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Dermoscopy:

There are several ways to evaluate moles.

1.    The first and commonest is when you see your GP, who has a look with or without a magnifying glass.

2.    The second way is to pay for 'Mole Mapping', something which I personally do not consider worthwhile, taking a picture of all your moles is only useful if you go back again and again to check for moles that have changed over months or years. It has also been shown to be of little value in detecting dangerous moles by the UK National Institute for Clinical Evidence (NICE). I have seen quite a few people sent in to have moles removed totally unnecessarily or even the wrong moles removed, when the one beside it is the dangerous one.

3.    The proper way. This is in my opinion the opinion of a Dermatologist, Plastic Surgeon, or Community Dermatological Surgeon using a Dermatoscope (a magnifying device capable of looking inside the mole at its actual structure).  Even with this method, occasionally we remove moles that are benign, however we rarely if ever miss the cancerous ones and that is what counts.

Here at Cosmedics we use Dermoscopy to evaluate the chances of a skin growth being cancerous or not. We use a technique called Video Dermoscopy to look inside the growth and can show you the skin in real time on a monitor. We do this to help explain to you and to reassure you at the same time.

Cost: For a full body Dermoscopic Exam and written report to your GP €150

Here are some examples of moles that we see everyday:

A mole with your naked eyeA mole with your naked eye

 Same Mole Looking Just InsideSame Mole Looking Just InsideSame Mole Looking Deep InsideSame Mole Looking Deep Inside

Thankfully this mole on the sole of a mans foot was normal, but there is only one way to look properly, with a Dermatoscope.

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