What to expect from your hair loss consultation

There are often several different factors contributing to hair loss so this consultation service is intended to help you understand what is likely to be contributing.

Everyone has different needs, so this page explains the approach that will be taken, and the types of services that will be offered. 

The initial consultation is a virtual one, carried out over Zoom. Face to face follow ups are complementary if taken within 6 months of  the initial consultation. These need to be booked in advance but are available now from the clinic location in Crewe, and from London in January 2021.

The service

This is a service specialising in non-surgical hair restoration. This means that depending on the reason for the hair loss a variety of approaches will be taken to restore your hair or slow down the progression of hair.   These methods include advising on medications, nutritional or supplement changes, how to seek further assistance from your GP to obtain further investigations and when a referral to a dermatologist is needed for biopsy of the scalp or for more potent medications.

The clinic supplies wigs and hair pieces and wig care products. Advice on cosmetically camouflaging hair loss is also available if required.

Treatments such as Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and Low Level Light Therapy (LLLT) are available at the clinic in Crewe.  You will be advised as to whether these are suitable for your type of hair loss.

If it is thought that you are experiencing Male of Female Pattern Hair Loss, Telogen Effluvium (Hair Shedding) or Alopecia Areata (an autoimmune condition) you will be offered the option of a TrichoTest, a DNA test which will help to personalise your treatment options. The recommendations will be in the form of supplements recommended or medications recommended.   The clinic will be able to prescribe the necessary medications.

If you would like the additional option of obtaining formal measurements of your hair growth or loss  the TrichoLab diagnostic report is also available (which is an additional recommended service).

The approach

 Hair loss can be temporary and reversible or scarring (permanent).  It can be caused for a variety of reasons including stress, nutrition, lifestyle, health issues, genetic and hair care practices. 

The  approach to treatment is to offer evidence based advice and treatment recommendations. Where this is not available, the approach will be guided by the approach taken by reputable organisations.

Before the consultation

It is essential to have good quality photographs of your hair loss/scalp condition before the consultation.  Please email photographs of  your head from the front, side, top and back views showing the condition that you are concerned about. These can be emailed to info@scalpandhairclinic.org.uk or sent via WhatsApp on 07795142354.

You will be emailed a Pre- consultation questionnaire. It is helpful if you are able to complete it before the consultation as this helps to make use of the time available.

If you are able to obtain a Summary Printout  from GP  via email  which includes the results of recent blood tests that would be ideal. You are entitled to this information free of charge under the General Data Protection regulations

During the consultation

You will be asked for your date of birth and address. Please be prepared to show photographic proof of identification and proof of address in case a prescription needs to be created.

30 – 60 minutes  will be spent finding out about your hair loss/scalp concern,  its effect on you, your past medical history, medication history, hair care practices history, family history, nutrition and lifestyle.

At the end of the consultation you will be given a verbal opinion of the condition and recommendations as to  what needs to be done next.  This could include:

  • Suggested blood tests to discuss with GP (These can be arranged privately if needed)
  • TrichoTest may be advised to personalise which can be prescribed treatment
  • If there is a possibility of a scarring form of hair loss a referral to a dermatologist will be recommended
  • If additional imaging is desired a TrichoLab report can be arranged. This needs to be done face to face.

In the majority of cases a face to face examination is not always necessary – but there will be some occasions where I recommend a face to face examination so that I can examine the hair and scalp in more detail.

After the consultation

You will be emailed a written summary of the consultation  by email within 7 days.

If you would like to explore further services such as  cosmetic camouflage, wigs and hair pieces, you are welcome to do so.  A complementary 15 minute face to face follow up within 6 months is included

If you decide to have a TrichoTest, that can be arranged. If it is taken within 6 months of the consultation the consultation charge will be taken off the cost of the TrichoTest report.

If you would like to have treatment at the clinic the options currently available are Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment or Low Level Laser Light Treatment.

PRP treatment is usually done at 1,2,3 and then 6 monthly. A detailed consutation form for the  PRP is available in clinic if appropriate