Cancer of any kind is a devastating diagnosis. Thankfully, a variety of treatments provide a promising outcome for many patients. Chemotherapy is a go-to solution to attack rapidly growing cancer cells. Although it’s effective, a common side effect is hair loss. Both men and women often lose their hair when taking the medications. Often, your hair will regrow after you complete your treatment and your body has had time to heal, but not always. If you’re concerned, it might be time to see a hair loss specialist in Highland Park. They have the solutions you need to restore your hair after finishing your treatment.
Why Does Chemotherapy Cause Hair Loss?
The medications used for chemotherapy are very powerful, which allows them to destroy cancer cells, stopping them from replicating. Unfortunately, they can also kill other growing cells in your body, like those in your hair roots. Although many people might believe chemotherapy only causes hair loss on the scalp, it can occur anywhere on the body, like your eyebrows, beard, or eyelashes. The severity of hair loss can vary from person to person. Some people might only experience patches of thinning hair while others might have complete baldness.
Will My Hair Grow Back?
In most cases, hair loss caused by chemotherapy is temporary. Many patients see their hair regrow 3-6 months after their treatment ends. Your new hair might be a bit different than what you lost. Some patients report a new shade or texture, which are usually temporary as well.
As your hair regrows, it’s best to be gentle with it because it’s vulnerable to damage. It’s recommended you avoid styling products and heating devices. You may also want to avoid coloring or bleaching your new hair.
What If My Hair Doesn’t Grow Back?
Although patience is important after ending chemotherapy, if it has been over 6 months and you still haven’t noticed an improvement in your hair, it might be time to see a specialist. You might be a candidate for NeoGraft.
The revolutionary treatment uses a unique harvesting method to extract hair from the back of the head where it is the thickest and transplants it to areas of baldness. Since your own hair follicles are used, you’ll enjoy natural-looking and lasting results.
NeoGraft is a suitable treatment for many areas of the body besides the scalp. If you’ve experience hair loss of the face, including your eyebrows, sideburns, or beard, NeoGraft can help.
Invest in Your Confidence
After overcoming cancer, you deserve to invest in yourself. You don’t have to live with the insecurities of hair loss. Your hair restoration specialist can help you regain your confidence using a customized treatment plan.
About Dr. Irvin Wiesman
Dr. Irvin Wiesman is a board-certified plastic surgeon. After completing medical school, he continued his training to focus on many areas of specialty, like microvascular surgery and hair restoration. He helps treat hair loss using NeoGraft. No matter if you’ve lost hair from genetics, trauma, chemotherapy, or another issue, he has the solutions for you. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation.