Interview transcription:

We interviewed Penelope Pratsou to learn how long rosacea treatment takes and what costs are associated with the treatment. 

How long does rosacea treatment take and what does rosacea treatment cost?

Penelope Pratsou: It’s important to say that rosacea is a chronic problem. That means that it’s a long-term issue, and I might not be able to cure it for you.

I can certainly offer treatments to control it in the long term. It does depend on how long it takes for the two of us to be able to get it under control. I might be able to tackle it in one consultation; it may be that you need to come back for one or two more over three or six months.

The first step to feeling in charge of your skin is to book an initial consultation


Penelope Pratsou: The main thing is that you leave, and you’re armed with ideas about how to control it in the long term, and you only need to come back and see me if things are not going in the right direction.

In terms of cost, it does depend on what treatment we need to embark on. It may be merely the cost of the prescription and the consultations. It may be that we need to do a few more investigations if we’re not able to tackle the problem first-off, but in either case, you’re invited to come in and have an assessment, so that we can have a look at the problem and see what I can offer.

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.

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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.