Scalp Biopsy

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.

We use the alopecia protocol for scalp biopsies which involves taking two small samples of skin from the scalp

Our specialist hair disease pathologist is trained and experienced in identifying medical hair loss

An in-clinic procedure which takes around 30 minutes and is done under local anaesthetic

Results are back in two weeks, and scheduled with an appointment for removal of sutures and wound check

Scalp Biopsy

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?

The removal of two small samples of skin from an affected area of the scalp to support a clinical evaluation. The tissue removed is sent to a laboratory to be analysed by a specialist scalp condition pathologist.

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.

What are the risks or potential side effects of a Scalp Biopsy?

Bruising may occur. Whenever the skin is cut a scar will result.

What aftercare is required for a Scalp Biopsy?

The area should be kept dry for 24 to 48 hours. Normally patients can return to work following a procedure.

What is the cost of a Scalp Biopsy?

As a specialist scalp condition pathologist is used the laboratory cost is higher than a skin biopsy. Typically the cost ranges from £700 to £900. For new patients, a consultation is required prior to the procedure. You can find our fees here.
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