A scalp biopsy involves taking small samples of skin from the scalp including hair follicles, for assessment in a laboratory by a specialist pathologist, in order to confirm or dismiss causes of medical hair loss.
A Dermatologist may request a scalp biopsy where they are looking to differentiate between the different causes of medical hair loss, and to confirm whether the hair loss is of the permanent, scarring type.
At a Glance
- Guide Price: From £810 including IMF.
- Frequency: One off biopsy
- Risk: Bruising, bleeding, infection.
- Aftercare: Do not wash the area for 48 hours.
What is a Scalp Biopsy?
What is involved in a Scalp Biopsy?
Local anaesthetic is injected into the area to numb the involved skin and the Dermatologist removes two small pieces of skin using a precise surgical punch.
The area is closed either by a few stitches, or by cauterizing with an electrical current.