An initial consultation with a private Dermatologist in London will cost from £240 to £300 and around £190 to £200 for a follow-up consultation with the same Dermatologist. A number of factors will affect the price of a Dermatology consultation including the location, the type of funding for the appointment, the condition being treated, and whether diagnostic tests or treatment will be required.
In the past it was difficult to be able to see a private Dermatologist. You often required a referral from your GP to get an appointment. Or you had to deal with long waiting lists and delays in order to get an appointment. Today most Dermatologists offer private consultations so patients have a lot of choice with many Dermatologists available to book private appointments with.
However, it is not always easy to find the price of Dermatology consultations. Many Dermatologists and clinics do not publish their pricing on their websites. Or when they do publish their prices, they are not clear about what is included, and what is not included and may be billed as extras to the appointment. At The London Skin and Hair Clinic we believe in full transparency and so publish all of our dermatology pricing on our website here.
We want to make it very easy for you to understand what the cost of seeing a Dermatologist will be, and so in this article we explain what the cost is and the factors that affect the cost.
Factors Affecting the Price of a Dermatology Consultation
There are four factors affecting the price of a Dermatology consultation. They are the location of the Dermatologist, the type of funding for the appointment, the condition being treated, and what diagnostic tests or treatment is required.
1. Location of the Dermatologist
The cost of the Dermatologist is influenced by where in the United Kingdom they are located. In general Dermatologists in London charge around 10% to 25% more than Dermatologists located in regional United Kingdom. So while a Dermatologist in London charges from £240 to £300 for an initial consultation, a Dermatologist in Manchester or Brighton can be around 5-30% cheaper.
2. Funding for the Dermatology Consultation
The cost of a Dermatology consultation can vary depending on whether you are paying directly for the appointment or whether you are using private health insurance. While some Dermatologists do not accept private health insurance, many do. Those Dermatologists will have been granted recognition by each private health insurer, and as part of that process, they will have agreed on what fees they will charge their members. Some insurers such as BUPA will pay £150 for a new patient consultation or AXA will pay £175 for a new patient consultation. This may be lower than the self-pay Dermatology appointment price. As the insurers have pressured Dermatologists to accept lower fees, many Dermatologists have stopped accepting patients with private health insurance. The Dermatologists at The London Skin and Hair Clinic all accept direct billing of patients with all the major private health insurers.
3. The condition being treated by the Dermatologist
Dermatologist prices may vary depending on what condition you are seeking treatment for. Where specialised medical diagnosis and treatment is required, prices may be higher. At The London Skin and Hair Clinic we have a number of Dermatologists who specialise in hair-loss and scalp diseases. These consultations take a lot longer than the consultations for skin disease, and will often require specialised photography following the appointment. For this reason, appointments for hair-loss and scalp conditions can cost from £300 through to £450 for an initial consultation. At The London Skin and Hair Clinic we charge £300 for a new patient consultation for hair-loss and scalp diseases.
4. The diagnostic tests and treatments being included in the Dermatology Consultation
An initial consultation with a private Dermatologist in London will cost from £260 to £350 and around £200 to £240 for a follow-up consultation with the same Dermatologist. This will typically include an examination by a Dermatologist often with a Dermatascope, which is a specialised magnifying device used by Dermatologists to look at lesions and skin. The appointment cost will typically not include the cost of diagnostic tests or treatments or surgery. When diagnosing skin or hair diseases, a Dermatologist may need to run some diagnostic tests. These could be in the form of a swab or a lesion or skin scraping or hair or nail clipping which is run for microscopy and culture. This aids in the diagnosis and also in selecting the most suitable medication for treatment.
A swab or skin scraping can cost from £60 through to £120 depending on the clinic. For many diseases, blood tests may be required to understand if there are any underlying medical conditions. Blood tests can range from £50 through to £1000 depending on the number of tests being investigated.
A Dermatologist has access to a range of treatments many of which can be undertaken in the consulting room, to treat skin and hair disease. This can include steroid injections, cryotherapy (freezing with liquid nitrogen), draining an abscess. In a surgical theatre, a Dermatologist may need to perform a biopsy or skin surgery, in order to help with the diagnosis, or to remove a malignant lesion. The cost of surgery would not be included in a Dermatology Consultation.
Things to watch out for when looking at the costs for a Dermatology consultation
Throughout this article we are referring to the cost involved in a consultation with a Consultant Dermatologist. It may be possible to find cheaper appointments with medical or non-medical practitioners who are not Consultant Dermatologists, but who claim that they provide dermatology services. For your peace of mind, you should book an appointment with a Consultant Dermatologist. This means that they are on the specialist register for Dermatology with the General Medical Council. That is only granted to Dermatologists who have achieved an appropriate level of training and experience in Dermatology. All of the Dermatologists at The London Skin and Hair Clinic are Consultant Dermatologists.
So how much does it cost to see a Dermatologist?
In general, an initial consultation with a private Dermatologist in London will cost from £260 to £350 and around £200 to £240 for a follow-up consultation with the same Dermatologist. The cost will depend on the location of the Dermatologist, the funding for the appointment that is whether you are paying yourself or using private health insurance, the condition or level of specialism and finally whether there are diagnostic tests or treatments or surgery required as well as the dermatology consultation.
At The London Skin and Hair Clinic the cost of an initial consultation with a Dermatologist for a skin disease is £260 and for hair-loss or a scalp condition is £330. The cost of a follow-up consultation is £200. You can find the full set of fees and the costs to see a Dermatologist at The London Skin and Hair Clinic on our fee schedule on our website – Dermatology Fee Guide.