WHAT IS IT?
A scalp biopsy involves removing a fragment of the scalp for examination under a microscope.
WHEN IS A SCALP BIOPSY PERFORMED?
In patients with chronic alopecia or when the results of other tests are inconclusive. This kind of examination must be prescribed by a physician.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF A SCALP BIOPSY?
A biopsy is used to analyze fine scalp tissue by studying the number and structure of hair follicles.
The goal is to determine if they are normal or if they are subject to inflammatory processes that may cause them to fall. The biopsy will also show the presence of scarring alopecia and will also indicate the existence or not of cellular infiltrates.
WHAT DOES THE PROCEDURE INVOLVE?
During the biopsy, a tiny piece of tissue is extracted from the patient’s scalp. The sample is taken under local anesthesia, preferably in an area with active hair loss.
It is then analyzed in the laboratory by a specialized doctor who can thus precisely determine the cause of the hair loss or alopecia.
GOOD TO KNOW
- The biopsy is performed under local anesthesia and is therefore painless.
- The procedure takes about 30 minutes.
150 euros for the procedure and 30-50 euros for lab results.