Dr Steve Karagiannis looks at every mole and skin lesion on your entire body using a Dermatascope – a device with polarized and non-polarized light and a magnifying lens that allows viewing of intricate structures invisible to the naked eye. Best practice is to perform full body skin checks as opposed to single mole checks for fear of missing a melanoma in a body part the patient cannot examine themselves eg, behind the ears. Statistics show for every 47 patients presenting for a full body skin check with no particular concerns, one skin cancer will be detected. If a lesion looks suspicious then it is photographed using the MoleMate Skin imaging System and its structures more closely examined. If it is deemed to be suspicious then arrangements will be made to have it removed. Dr Steve usually excises the lesions himself unless they are on certain body parts such as the nose, ears or soles of the feet where you will then be referred to a plastic surgeon. All lesions are sent for histological examination and results take approximately ten to fourteen days to return.
Time: 20 mins
Price: €100 Adults and €70 Children
How does it work?
Below is a summary of how I perform my Skin Checks on Adults and Children.
1. Patient comes in with a number of moles or skin lesions they would like looked at. In this case, the patient has numerous moles.
2. This is the dermatoscope I use to examine all the moles from top to bottom one by one, including behind the ears, between the toes and soles of the feet.
3. When I look through the Dermatoscope this is what each mole looks like.
4. A suspicious looking mole is noted and the Mole Mate Imaging System is used to photograph the mole.
5. The photograph taken is analysed with Siascopy Technology which looks at different layers of the skin and the following images are generated.
6. After the images are analysed I will immediately inform the patient if:
A – lesion looks benign and the patient is reassured
B – lesion needs to be excised as it may be a skin cancer
C – lesion needs to be re-photographed in 3 months for comparison