If you needed chemotherapy, along with the benefits, your doctor also discussed the side effects, like hair loss. While it is a symbol to many people that you have cancer, it can be uncomfortable sharing your diagnosis with the world. Not to mention, the changes to your physical appearance can lead to insecurities and social anxieties. Thankfully, you can put that chapter of your life behind you because you’ve finished your treatment. While you’re feeling great, your hair still hasn’t grown back. Unfortunately, hair loss from chemotherapy can take a while to resolve. Here’s how long you can expect it to take to see results.
Why Did I Lose My Hair?
Although several factors influence the prognosis after being diagnosed with cancer, chemotherapy often offers successful results. The powerful drugs attack the growing cancer cells, but they can’t distinguish between some healthy cells in your body, like your hair roots. As a result, hair loss is a common side effect, but it doesn’t just occur on the scalp. You might have lost your eyelashes, eyebrows, and other hair on your body. The rate of hair loss varies depending on the medication you required. Whether you only experienced thinning hair or complete baldness, the good news is that most of the time the situation is only temporary.
When Will My Hair Grow Back?
If you’re like many patients, your hair likely began falling out about 2 to 4 weeks after starting chemotherapy. You probably saw a few more loose hairs than usual on your pillow before it progressed gradually or in clumps. No matter the change, it is a distressing issue, but it won’t last.
Your hair grows in cycles, so it can take 3 to 6 months after completing your treatment to see any improvement. Don’t be surprised if the shade or texture of your hair looks different. You might even develop a few curls, or it could look gray. After the cells responsible for pigment start functioning properly, the color and texture will return to normal.
As you see new hair emerge, it’s important to be gentle to it because it will be fragile and vulnerable to damage. It’s best to avoid styling products and heating tools to prevent irritating your scalp or hair follicles. You’ll also want to skip bleaching or coloring your hair until after it is stronger.
Look Toward a Confident Future
Although it can seem like an eternity, try to remain patient while your hair regrows. If it hasn’t returned to its previous condition, you might be a candidate for hair restoration using NeoGraft. Rest assured that more confident days are ahead.
About Dr. Irvin Wiesman
Dr. Wiesman is board certified in plastic surgery, hand and microvascular surgery, and general surgery. He remains current with the latest treatments and techniques to provide a broad scope of services, including hair restoration. If you’re ready to turn back the clock by treating your hair loss, contact our office today to schedule your consultation for NeoGraft.