Cotswold Trichology Scalp Treatment
We are often asked about the scalp treatments we offer for dry scalp conditions such as scalp psoriasis, scalp eczema and seborrhoeic dermatitis. It depends on the condition and the severity of the scaling but we will usually suggest clinic scalp treatments, home scalp treatment or both.
First we carry out a full consultation to find out which scalp condition you are suffering from and give you the best advice. If we recommend clinic scalp treatments, we will often carry out your first treatment during your initial consultation appointment.
What happens in a clinic scalp treatment?
For most dry scalp conditions we use a special scalp treatment cream dependent on your individual condition. It may contain moisturisers, anti-inflammatory agents, antifungal’s but most importantly a keratolytic to soften of loosen the scalp scale or crust.
The scalp treatment cream is applied to your scalp in sections then massaged in thoroughly. Your scalp is gently steamed for 10-20 minutes, the moist heat helps to soften the crust or scalp scale and help the cream to penetrate,. The cream is washed off, shampooed then the softened scale or crust can be gently scraped off. The scalp treatment is finished off with either a cooling moisturiser or anti-inflammatory cream or gel.
What are the benefits of this type of scalp treatment?
Following a scalp treatment, your scalp scale will be reduced or even flake free. The softening and manual removal of scale or crusts enables the scalp underneath to be treated more effectively, encouraging healing. This type of scalp treatment can be effective in cases where treatment shampoos and scalp lotions such as Betnovate scalp application have failed miserably.
Will the scalp scaling return once it has been removed?
Often over the following weeks, scalp scaling will begin to return again. With subsequent scalp treatments, the scalp condition should improve with each visit, particularly if home scalp treatments are used in between clinic treatments.
Can I do this at home?
This kind of scalp treatment should only be carried out by an experienced professional. It is not recommended that you try this at home as picking or scraping off flakes or hard crusts if done incorrectly can cause permanent bald patches.
How many scalp treatments will I need and how frequently?
It depends on the condition and its severity. We normally recommend fortnightly treatment initially to get the problem under control. If too much time elapses between treatments, scalp scale can build up again and the condition will take much longer to become manageable. As the scalp problem improves, appointments can be less frequent but chronic conditions such as psoriasis may need continued maintenance treatments every 1-2 months.
What do scalp treatments cost and how long does it take?
We allow an hour which costs £45. In very extreme cases we may need to allow 90 minutes. Our fee for an extended treatment is £60 but we will advise you of this if we feel an extended appointment is necessary.
Do I need to treat my scalp at home too?
Your scalp problem will improve significantly faster if you treat it at home in between visits. We have a number of user-friendly scalp products which improve the results of clinic scalp treatment which may include:
• A Shampoo – either medicated, calming, moisturising or anti-inflammatory.
• Lightweight Oils – to soak your scalp over night or before a clinic treatment
• Overnight scalp treatment – anti-inflammatory, anti-itch, improves healing, antifungal, keratolytic (scale softening)
• Scalp moisturiser – to soften, sooth, moisturise, cool, keeps itching at bay.
• Steroids – in cases of exceptional inflammation we may need to recommend the use of topical steroids but usually very short term.
How much will home scalp products initially cost me?
It varies according to the condition but we estimate your initial purchases to be £20 – £50 maximum. Some products are used faster than others but should last between 1 – 3 months. Our scalp products are branded and made by reputable manufacturers we do not make our own. We feel it is important to supply you with the best we can to solve your scalp problems as quickly as possible.
If you would like more information on scalp problems or scalp treatments please contact us on 01386 421703 or email us.