Unfortunately, hair loss after chemo is a common side effect of these powerful drugs. For many patients, hair growth can resume shortly after their cancer treatment. However, for others, permanent baldness or changes in hair growth may be permanent. Dr. Robert J. Dorin and Dr. Robert H. True can help you determine the best approach to reestablishing the hair that you have lost. True and Dorin Medical Group, with offices serving Manhattan, NYC, and communities throughout greater NYC, is one of the leading hair restoration clinics. We attribute this distinction to our exceptional care, outstanding services, and individualized treatments that often exceed the expectations of many of our patients.
What Causes Hair Loss After Chemotherapy?
The medication used to effectively attack cancer-causing cells can also attack other rapidly dividing cells, including those that contribute to hair growth. This rapid hair loss is referred to as anagen effluvium and can affect hair on your head, as well as virtually any other part of the body. The degree to which hair loss occurs depends mainly on the unique composition of the prescription and the duration of treatment. Drugs associated with chemo that commonly cause hair loss include:
In cases when radiation must also be applied to the head, hair will often fall out and for many patients will not grow back.
Preparing for Hair Loss
Developing a plan ahead of time for before, during, and after chemotherapy can provide you with peace of mind and the ability to actively change the way hair loss affects you. While there is no proven method that can completely prevent this side effect, our doctors can help you better prepare. For those who wish to conceal their hair loss or maintain a hairstyle that looks natural, we provide several resources that can help patients find a lifelike wig or hairpiece that suits them.
What to Expect During and After Chemo
Generally, hair will begin to fall out several weeks into treatment or later. Once hair loss has begun, patients can expect the condition to persist for the duration of chemotherapy. The extent of hair loss will vary from patient to patient and may range from minimal thinning to complete baldness.
We understand the challenges our patients have faced and their desire to regain control of their appearance.
Once treatment has ended, hair loss should cease a few weeks after. Hair may grow back in a different color or texture than before but will often revert to its normal state after a few years. For those patients who do not experience substantial regrowth or experience complete baldness after their chemotherapy has ended, our team can help you determine the best restoration options.
Hair Restoration Treatment Options
True and Dorin Medical Group has helped many patients reestablish their hair growth after chemotherapy. We understand the challenges our patients have faced and their desire to regain control of their appearance. Our doctors can conduct a thorough evaluation where they will evaluate the stage of your regrowth and the damage that has been imposed on the hair cells. We offer surgical, non-surgical, and medicinal options, and often combine treatments to achieve optimal results.
Experience Personalized Care
Dr. True and Dr. Dorin want to help you plan and customize your hair restoration treatment to combat hair loss caused by your chemotherapy. Our medical team is invested in creating a positive experience for each and every patient. Contact us online or call us at (866) 629-0866 to learn more about the True and Dorin Medical Group experience.