Alopecia (Hair Loss)
What is alopecia?
Alopecia is the general medical term for hair thinning or hair loss.
Hair loss is categorized by two terms – scarring hair loss and non-scarring hair loss.
Scarring hair loss
Scarring alopecia, also known as cicatricial alopecia, is a type of hair loss caused by the destruction of the hair follicles. It is often the result of infections, chemicals, burns or autoimmune disorders.
Non-scarring hair loss
Non-scarring hair loss, also known as noncicatricial alopecia, is the loss of hair without any scarring being present. Hair follicles are preserved and there is typically little inflammation and irritation, but hair loss can be significant.
There causes of hair loss are multifactorial and symptoms, diagnosis and treatment options offer on a case-by-case basis.
Some of the most common causes include:
- Autoimmune diseases, such as psoriasis, thyroid disease or vitiligo
- Family history of the condition
It is also possible that illness or emotional stress can bring on alopecia in people who are at risk, but in most cases, there is often no obvious trigger.
Losing hair can be worrying and unsettling, which is why having a confirmed diagnosis is a very important step for patients with alopecia. A dermatologist can usually inform patients of their diagnosis following a simple examination of their scalp, using a hair pull technique or a swab. In some cases, a skin biopsy will be recommended to determine or reach a diagnosis. Additionally, blood tests can sometimes be recommended to see if there are any additional factors contributing towards hair loss.
As mentioned previously, treatment options for alopecia vary depending on the nature of the diagnosis. Treatment options are discussed with patients so they are aware of what they should expect and any potential side effects are outlined.
Depending on the diagnosis, treatment options could include:
- Topical agents to apply to the scalp
- Oral medication treatment
- Steroid injections or creams
Here at One Hatfield Hospital, we have a team of highly skilled dermatologists on hand to assess, diagnose and treat a range of conditions including alopecia.
Located in Hertfordshire, One Hatfield is ideally located to provide alopecia treatment to patients living in St Albans, Stevenage, Hertford, Watford, Welwyn, and all nearby areas.
You can use your private medical insurance or pay for your Alopecia (Hair Loss) treatment. We offer competitive, fixed price packages as well as the ability to spread the cost of your treatment over a number of months. If you are using your health insurance, please contact your insurer first for approval and let them know you’d like to be treated at One Hatfield Hospital.
Why One Hatfield
- Modern purpose-built hospital opened in December 2017
- Fast access to diagnostics including MRI, X-ray and Ultrasound
- Private, spacious, en-suite rooms
- Specialist physiotherapy and nursing teams
- Little or no waiting time
- ‘Ultra clean air’ theatres
- Freshly prepared food
- Calm, dignified experience
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Dermatology Pricing Guide at One Hatfield Hospital
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