Interview transcription:

We interviewed Dr Penelope Pratsou to learn about the duration of hair loss treatment and the costs that may come with it. 

How long does it take for patients to see a result from treatment and what kinds of cost are associated with those results?

Penelope Pratsou: I would say that it tends to vary depending on the type of hair loss that I see. It could be that I’m able to give treatment from the first consultation, and the patients might be able to see an improvement within a few weeks to a few months. Certain types of hair loss can be very problematic and cause irreversible problems, but it is a matter of catching those types quickly and preventing any further problems and further hair loss. So I would say that it really does depend on the type of hair loss in front of me.

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Penelope Pratsou: If I see you for a consultation, I will be able to give you an idea of whether this is something that can be tackled. Unfortunately, in some cases, it can be more problematic to treat. You’ll certainly go away having an idea of timelines and costs. Generally, the costs do involve the cost of the consultation, the prescription, in some cases a small diagnostic biopsy or the cost of some blood tests.

If you notice that you have any of the symptoms or conditions that we’ve just discussed, we invite you to book a consultation with Dr Penelope Pratsou. She’ll be able to assess your situation and give you a personalised treatment plan.

About the author

Dr Penelope Pratsou | Consultant Dermatologist

MBChB, MRCP (UK) (Dermatology)

I’m Dr Penelope Pratsou, a skilled independent Consultant Dermatologist based in Berkshire. I have specialist expertise in the diagnosis and management of all skin cancers, and in performing mole checks. I’m a trained skin surgeon and remove skin cancers, moles, skin tags, cysts and warts.

I also have invaluable experience in dealing with all skin conditions, from the common skin complaints of acne, rosacea, eczema and psoriasis, to the rarer and more complex skin problems, having seen it all through years of NHS work.

After I obtained my Membership to the Royal College of Physicians, I undertook rigorous specialist training in dermatology, before being appointed as a Consultant Dermatologist at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading. There, I helped set up and lead a busy clinic for the diagnosis and treatment of suspected skin cancer. I was also actively involved in supervising and training both dermatology and GP trainees.

Alongside my increasingly busy private practice, I have maintained an NHS practice in Oxford in order to continue to engage with challenging cases and to develop my specialist interest in skin allergy.

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