Skin Assessments using the Canfield REVEAL Imaging System

What is the purpose of using the Canfield REVEAL system during a skin assessment?

The more your Dermal Clinician knows about your skin, the greater your Clinician’s opportunity to provide you with specific treatment recommendations that may help you resolve your skin concerns.  One of the ways your Dermal Clinician can assist you in better understanding YOUR skin is by using the Canfield REVEAL skin imaging system.

The Canfield Reveal system is a powerful visual consultation tool that can help both you and your Clinician better understand the current condition of your skin, including pigmentation, vascularity or sun damage.

The Canfield Reveal equipment and imaging software is NOT a diagnostic tool for skin cancers or suspicious lesions. Rather, it only helps you and your Dermal Clinician to visualise the overall condition of your skin in terms of pigmentation and areas of vascularity or inflammation, such as may be common with acne or Rosacea.  It can also help depict where your skin is showing the most prominent signs of ageing, such as wrinkles and lines.

What does a Canfield REVEAL imaging Skin Assessment look like?

Step  One: Your skin must be cleansed and free of make-up.

If you arrive at your Skin Assessment wearing makeup, your Dermal Clinician can assist you with a facial cleanse prior to using the Canfield Reveal imaging system.

Step Two:  Place Your Chin in the Chin Holder for Alignment; then Your Photographs Will be Taken by your Dermal Clinician (Please note your eyes must remain closed)

You’ll be asked to place your chin on a facial alignment stand and CLOSE YOUR EYES whilst your Dermal Clinician takes photographs of your face, often from various angles.  That’s helpful as capturing photographs of the skin over your eyelids is as important as capturing the images of your skin on other areas of your face.

The Canfield REVEAL equipment often takes two quick-succession photographs for each angle that your Dermal Clinician requires.  The first image is the normal, everyday skin appearance, and the second image is taken through a special crossed-polarizing filter. This filter helps reduce skin surface reflections and allows the Reveal imaging technology to “see beneath the skin’s outer surface.”


Getting your photographs taken using Canfield REVEAL equipment is quick and painless.

Using the REVEAL system is painless. There will be no discomfort and zero downtime to your skin when your Clinician uses the REVEAL imaging system. It’s simply a highly effective imaging tool for helping your Clinician assess the condition of your skin, including pigmentation and sun damage, moisture level differences, inflammation areas and other attributes of your skin.

Brown or Red Spots in Reveal images

Reveal may show BROWN-looking spots (which indicate increased melanin and/or sun damage) or RED areas, which can help your Clinician better understand skin conditions such as acne, rosacea or ‘spider veins.’

However, the Canfield REVEAL system is NOT intended as a diagnostic instrument for skin cancers or other problems.

If you have a suspicious or questionable skin lesion or notice ANY changes to your skin texture, mole(s) or skin lesion(s), be sure you arrange to see your GP or a skin cancer physician immediately. 

Step Three: Discuss your images with your Dermal Clinician including their recommended treatment plans

Once your photographs are in the REVEAL system, the Canfield software system (using Reveal RBX software) then processes the photographs into images containing RED or BROWN.

  • These ‘skin insight’ images reveal more information about your skin’s appearance AND skin conditions than standard photograph(s).
  • This allows your Clinician greater insight into the overall skin health and pigmentation issues, which helps your Clinician to provide more targeted treatment recommendations.

In the REVEAL image examples below, the reflection-free ‘normal’ facial image is on the left.

You can easily see the vascularity or spider-veins in the middle image (e.g., on the cheeks and nose).

Pigmentation and/or sun damage in shown the REVEAL image on the far right.


Canfield Reveal facial imaging


How to see how much sun damage has occurred to your Skin

If you want to learn more about YOUR skin – and what our top Dermal Clinicians can do to help you get your skin looking smoother and more refined (or less sun-damaged) – phone us today and ask to book a Skin Assessment with a Dermal Clinician.  You can reach us during Clinic Hours on (03) 8849 1400.  You can also send an enquiry form for further information.

Our Dermal Clinicians work closely with our top Cosmetic Injecting team and with Melbourne’s leading group of Plastic Surgeons.  This gives you a great place if you’re wanting to make non-surgical improvements or more permanent surgical solutions to your skin, face, body or breasts.

Coco Ruby Skin & Anti-Ageing Clinicians are currently available to see patients in located in Hawthorn East in Melbourne near Kew and Camberwell.  The Coco Ruby team is also going to be available soon in our Williamstown-based clinic, conveniently accessible from Melbourne’s western suburbs including Geelong.

The latest in high tech Facial Treatments, Medical-grade skin care products and light-based Skin Rejuvenation

Do you want the latest in skin health improvements using CIT microneedling, Laser treatments (including Laser Genesis, Fraxel and CO2/DOT Therapy) – or Healite II low-level light therapy, IPL or skin peels? You’ll be glad to hear that we offer a WIDE range of customised skin treatments provided by highly experienced and degree-qualified Dermal Clinicians.

From acne to ageing to scar revisions to laser resurfacing and skin peels, you’ll be in great hands with our signature treatments and highly-knowledgeable Dermal Clinicians. Read more about our Dermal Clinicians and Injecting Team on our Coco Ruby TEAM pages.

Our Dermal Clinicians & Injectors look forward to helping you to get YOUR skin to look it’s healthiest best.