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Hair Transplant After Chemotherapy

We wrote this article to inform our dear friends who have experienced hair loss due to chemotherapy. On behalf of Hair Center of Turkey, we wish them all a speedy recovery.

What is Chemotherapy?

Chemotherapy is the whole of the drugs taken as a result of cancer disease. These drugs have some side effects. Chemotherapy is usually injected intravenously. Depending on the type of cancer, it can also be administered into the pleura, abdominal cavity or bladder. Otherwise, how it is administered depends on the type of cancer. Chemotherapy has some unavoidable side effects. These are mostly;

What is Chemotherapy
  • Hair, eyebrow, moustache and beard loss
  • Bruising on the body and red spots on the skin
  • Weight loss
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fire.
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Sores in the mouth and dry mouth
  • Constipation and diarrhoea
  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding.

Why do I receive chemotherapy?

  • To keep cancer cells under control
  • Destroying cancer cells
  • Eliminating the symptoms of cancer
  • Prevent the spread of cancer cells to other parts of the body
  • Reducing the pain of cancer

Hair Loss After Chemotherapy

The most common side effect after chemotherapy is hair loss. One of the common misconceptions is that cancer itself causes hair loss. It is not the cancer disease that causes hair loss; it is caused by the side effects of the drugs used in this process. While receiving chemotherapy, hair loss occurs not only in the hair but also in many parts of the body that contain hair follicles, including eyebrows, mustache, and beard targeted by drugs. This situation varies from person to person. Depending on the intensity of chemotherapy and the type of cancer, hair loss is very intense in some patients, while in others it is milder. Hair loss after chemotherapy starts within 15-20 days after the chemotherapy starts, and approximately 3 months after the chemotherapy ends, the hair loss starts to grow again in a healthy way. This process is both physically and psychologically exhausting for patients. Hair loss can make you feel physically bad. People’s looks may disturb you. These can cause loss of self-confidence. However, you can be motivated by thinking that you will regain your hair in its healthiest and strongest form at the end of the treatment.

Hair Loss After Chemotherapy

What to do with hair loss after chemotherapy?

Everyone has their own coping methods for hair loss after chemotherapy. Managing the process will help minimize physical and psychological damage. For this Getting help from online support groups and talking to people who have been through this process before can make you feel comfortable. Talking to children with cancer about the fact that their hair will fall out and that this is a temporary process makes it easier for them to cope with this situation. Even in routine life, short hair makes the hair look fuller. By cutting your hair short during this period, you can make it look fuller and improve the appearance of the hair that will grow later. Many people prefer to shave their hair at the very beginning of chemotherapy and use a bandana or wig. You should choose cotton and soft fabric for the bandage to be used. You should not use products containing high heat such as blow dryers, straighteners, or tongs that will weaken the hair. Paint, spray, etc. You should not use products. You should care for hair that does not fall out with gentle and sensitive chemical free shampoos. As chemotherapy treatment progresses, the scalp becomes sensitive. Sometimes itching and shedding are seen. Therefore, you should protect your scalp from very cold or hot weather conditions. For this, you can choose bandanas or cotton hats.

Can Hair Transplant Be Done After Chemotherapy?

After chemotherapy, the lost hair grows again in a period of 3-4 months. However, sometimes open areas may remain locally. Although some experts say that this is not chemotherapy but alopecia, there is no common opinion. Hair transplant can be performed after chemotherapy. As long as certain procedures are met, there is no harm in hair transplant after chemotherapy. For this, the chemotherapy process must be completely over, the patient must have completely stopped using medication and have sufficient donor area. Since the patient’s newly growing hair will be used as the donor area, a period of time must pass after the treatment. In addition, patients with chemotherapy-induced hair loss should prefer professional institutions for hair transplant. The tests and applications included in the hair transplant procedures should be performed by specialist doctors and hair transplant specialists. As Hair Center of Turkey, we have successfully completed the hair transplant operations of more than 8 thousand patients for 9 years in our Istanbul hair transplant clinic built under hospital conditions. We still continue to serve our valued patients with our specialist anaesthesia doctor, dermatologist and hair transplant specialists. If you want to get more information on the subject, you can contact our Hair Center of Turkey team.

Hair Loss After Chemotherapy: 10 things to know:

1) What is the most common cause of hair loss during cancer treatment?

The most well-known and common cause of hair loss during cancer treatment is chemotherapy. The drugs used in chemotherapy treatment target and damage all hair follicles (hair, beard, mustache, eyebrows) in our body. As a result, hair loss occurs. The extent and cause of this depends on the amount of chemotherapy drug used and the type of cancer.

2) How long will it take for my hair to grow back?

At the end of the chemotherapy treatment, the hair that has fallen out will grow back in about 3-4 months.

3) Will my hair grow in a different color and texture?

It is rare for hair to grow in a different texture or color after chemotherapy. Everyone’s body chemistry and chemotherapy process works differently.

4) What can I do to grow my hair faster during chemotherapy?

Taking supplements while chemotherapy is actively going on can interact with the drugs used in chemotherapy. This may result in negative consequences. For this reason, taking supplements during chemotherapy is not a useful method.

5) Is there any way to stop hair loss during cancer treatment?

No, there is no specific way to prevent chemotherapy-induced hair loss. Some patients try some methods to stop the blood flow to the scalp. But this again does not stop hair loss.

6) Can I grow my hair with natural methods?

Since the scalp is sensitive and irritable in this process, it may be inconvenient to use natural methods for hair growth. You can avoid using chemical-containing products and choose products suitable for sensitive skin. Baby shampoos and care products are ideal in this sense.

7) Does everyone who receives chemotherapy lose hair?

Yes. However, the rate of hair loss may vary from person to person. Depending on the type of cancer and the level of chemotherapy, some patients may have intense hair loss all over the body, while others may have slight thinning.

8) At which stage of chemotherapy does hair start to fall out?

Hair starts to fall out within 3-4 weeks after starting chemotherapy.

9) Will wearing a wig damage my scalp?

There is no clear harm in wearing a wig during chemotherapy. But it can be overwhelming, especially in summer. Instead, bandana, scarf-style products can be preferred for comfort and practicality.

10) Does stress cause cancer?

Although there are some opinions that stress triggers cancer, there is no scientific evidence for this.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Chemotherapy refers to all the drugs taken as a result of cancer disease. These drugs have some side effects. It has many side effects such as weight loss, hair loss and beard loss.

While receiving chemotherapy, loss occurs not only in the hair but also in many areas of the body that contain hair follicles, including the eyebrows, mustache and beard, which are targeted by the drugs. This is one of the side effects of the drug. Hair loss begins within 15-20 days after you start using the medicine.

Approximately 3 months after the chemotherapy treatment ends, the lost hair begins to grow back in a healthy way. It may take at least 6 months for it to fully recover.

After chemotherapy, the lost hair grows back within a period of 3-4 months. However, sometimes there can be regionally sparse places. Hair transplant can be performed after chemotherapy. As long as certain procedures are met, there is no harm in having a hair transplant after chemotherapy. The treatment must be completely finished and time must have passed since the treatment. Additionally, approval from a specialist doctor is also required. If a sufficient amount of hair has grown in the donor area, the operation can be performed.

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About the Author: Dr. Rasime Erkan
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Rasime Erkan, who has the title of specialist doctor in dermatology, was born in Kayseri. Coming to Istanbul at the age of 2, Dr. Rasime Erkan completed her education here and continued her studies. In 1981, Dr. Rasime Erkan graduated from Istanbul Medical Faculty and started her professional career in a private hospital in Istanbul. In the following years, she completed her specialization in the Department of Dermatology at Istanbul Medical Faculty and continued her career success by completing the “Specialization” exam in 1988. Dr. Rasime Erkan worked as the “Chief Physician” of the hospital in 1992 while continuing her duty in a private hospital. She continued her career as Chief Physician and Dermatologist and after her retirement, she established Lazermed Beauty Center and started working in her own clinic. Dr. Rasime Erkan is currently a dermatologist at Hair Center of Turkey hair transplant clinic and continues her valuable work in our hair transplant clinic with her experience and knowledge in the diagnosis and treatment of dermatological diseases.
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