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Clinical policy
Hertfordshire and West Essex ICB
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Clinical Policies & Evidence-based Interventions

Hair Transplantation

July 2022 v1.0

 The Hertfordshire and West Essex ICB does not routinely fund for hair transplantation or the use of the ‘interlace’ or other hair systems, regardless of gender. Patients who are already being treated and funded by the NHS and who require on-going funding for maintenance and support will be considered on an individual patient basis, and continued funding only granted in clinically exceptional circumstances.

  • Treatments for the correction of male or female pattern baldness will not be funded as it is a normal process of ageing.
  • Funding for patients outside this policy will only be granted in exceptional clinical circumstances.
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  2. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. ‘Clinical Knowledge Summary. Alopecia, androgenetic-male.’ May 2016. https://cks.nice.org.uk/alopecia-androgenetic-male#!scenario 
  3. NHS conditions, ‘Your Guide to Cosmetic Procedures. Hair Transplant.’ www.nhs.uk/conditions/cosmetic-treatments/hair-transplant/ 
  4. Hull Clinical Commissioning Group, ‘General Commissioning Policy, Hair Loss Treatments.’ June 2017.
  5. British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, Hair Transplant Surgery Information Leaflet. https://baaps.org.uk/patients/procedures/19/hair_transplant_surgery
  6. NHS Choices website, ‘Wig and Fabric Supports on the NHS.’ https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/help-with-health-costs/wigs-and-fabric-supports-on-the-nhs/
  7. British Association of Dermatologists’ guidelines for the management of alopecia areata 2012 A.G. Messenger, J. McKillop,* P. Farrant, A.J. McDonagh and M. Sladden
  8. British Association of Dermatologists, Male Pattern Hair Loss (Androgenetic Alopecia.) March 2016 http://www.bad.org.uk/shared/get-file.ashx?id=3831&itemtype=document 
  9. British Association of Dermatologists, Female Pattern Hair Loss (Androgenetic Alopecia.) March 2016. http://www.bad.org.uk/for-the-public/patient-information-leaflets/hair-loss---female-pattern/