Can I Get Hair Loss Treatment At The NHS?

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Can I Get Hair Loss Treatment At The NHS?

Unfortunately, there is no trichologist on the National Health Service and therefore no treatment for hair loss on the NHS at present. The patient may be lucky to have blood tests carried out to eliminate the possibility of deficiencies. However, this is only a small minority of the cases as they are not always needed. Other patients are referred to a Dermatologist, who in most cases have little specific experience within the world of hair loss.

Hair loss can be a temporary condition that self-corrects however in most cases the hair loss will need either further investigation or perhaps clinical treatment. This highly emotive and for some reason rather taboo subject is far more than merely a cosmetic concern for the sufferer.

Contrary to belief, male pattern hair loss and female pattern hair loss (Androgen Dependant Alopecia) can be treated as the thinning can in many conditions can be slowed and a cosmetically acceptable level of regrowth achieved also. This area is my specialism.

We all lose some hair each day as part of our normal hair growth cycle. However, what happens if more hairs are noticed in the brush or wash than usual? For some people, this may be no more than minor “blip” that may self-correct. In the cases where this does not happen, who do you approach?

Trichology is the science of the hair and scalp, the Institute of Trichologists was founded in 1902. Members of this governing body are designated with an associate or member status and must adhere to a strict code of ethics and practice.

The consultant trichologist, like me, is able to diagnose, advise and in most cases treat scalp conditions including persistent dandruff to the more inflammatory ones such as eczema and psoriasis.

Most women will experience hair loss at some point in their lives. This can reflect influencing factors such as hair loss after pregnancy, other hormone changes, the effects of medication, nutritional deficiencies, and general health.

During your consultation, a thorough examination of the hair and scalp will be carried out and will also involve questions regarding your past and present medical history, lifestyle, diet, family history and medication. Occasionally a blood test will be required, and these can be obtained through the clinic privately or the patient’s own GP. All these factors will be considered to help make a correct diagnosis of the condition.

However, there appears to be a significant rise in the numbers of patients attending trichological practices with concerns over thinning hair. The most common diagnosis is male or female pattern hair loss (Androgenic Alopecia). This is a gradual hereditary hair thinning, influenced even in women by the sensitivity to normal levels of circulating male hormones (androgens).

There has been a substantial advance in the treatment and management of this type of hair loss. This will be explained to the patient in the trichological practice, which may involve both clinical and home treatment. So if you are suffering from any form of trichological condition including out of condition hair, contact a locally qualified trichologist today for advice.

You can also read this blog post on the same topic published earlier.

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