Jan 28th 2014 - Face-to-face
online video consultations with a surgeon are being pioneered by one of
Europe’s leading and longest-established hair transplantation clinics to
determine the suitability of patients for treatment.
Dozens of men in the UK with
male-pattern hair loss who have been initially clinically assessed via the
Skype online video calling system have already undergone successful transplants
at the High Density Hair Transplant clinics in London and Athens
“It has proved to be a major boon
for our prospective patients throughout the UK
and elsewhere in Europe, saving
them the time, trouble and expense of having to travel to one of our clinic
centres for their initial assessment” said senior partner Mal Mendelsohn.
“Skype video calling is now being
used effectively in many areas of medical diagnosis and it is especially
effective in enabling our consultants to assess the suitability of men – and
women – for hair transplantation.
“In most cases we are finding
that this gives prospective patients the confidence to go ahead with the
procedure without leaving the comfort of their own homes.
“Up to now the majority of our
patients have been UK residents and the bulk of those from the Greater London
area, but increasing we are now conducting Skype consultations with men from
throughout the UK and even other parts of Europe.”
Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, Medical
Director of the NHS has strongly backed the general concept of online
consultations stressing that “it breaks down geographical boundaries …and opens
up the spectre of 24/7 access”. Increasing
numbers of GPs and health authorities in the UK are also using online video communications
such as Skype for consultations with patients
After a preliminary assessment
with Mal Mendelsohn – himself a former transplant patient – prospective
patients can now be clinically screened online within 24 hours by consultant surgeon
Fotis Tsounis, one of Europe’s leading and most experienced hair transplant specialists.
The Skype consultation takes no more than 15 minutes.
The vast majority of UK patients
opt to have their procedure at HDHT’s recently-opened clinic in Harley Street,
London but a small number still prefer to fly out to Greece to combine their
transplant with a short holiday break.
“Some people also seek the privacy of having their transplant overseas,”
said Mr Mendelsohn.
He said that where patients opted
to travel to Athens for their procedure, the package price included two nights
in an hotel and the cost of half the airfare to and from the UK.
Patients attending either London
or Athens can now opt for the most advanced
follicular unit extraction
(FUE) in which a special hand-held
instrument is used to extract grafts containing between one to six hairs
from the donor area that can be
transplanted almost immediately into the recipient site.
“As opposed to the method in
which a strip of skin is removed from the back of the neck that could leave a
fine scar line, there is no scarring at all using the FUE technique,” said Mr
The entire procedure takes up to
five-and-half hours depending on the number of hairs transplanted after which
the London patients are able to go home the same day. Those who travel to
Greece are allowed to fly home after one night stray in a hotel.
“Patients are given medication to
take for four days after their procedure but beyond that there is no
requirement for any follow-up treatment or aftercare,” he explained.
Former patient, medical journalist
Peter Harris, former Health and
Medical Correspondent of the Manchester Evening News,
commented: “It is overall a pain free
and totally effective procedure that not only restores men’s hair permanently
but also restores any confidence they may have lost through their hair loss.
“The fact that initial
consultations are now available via Skype and the FUE technique leaves no
scarring, make the whole procedure even simpler and more effective.”
Full details are available on the
clinic’s website: www.high-density-hair-transplantion.co.uk
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