Cancer treatments, including radiation therapy, can affect the quality and growth cycle of your hair. For some cancer patients, their hair may fall out completely and never grow back again. For others, their hair will grow back but the treatment has changed the hair quality – making the hair dry, thin, and coarse.
If your cancer treatment includes radiation, keep in mind that the stronger the radiation dosage, the less of a chance there is for your hair to grow back in the treated area. Fortunately, radiation only affects the hair in the treatment area and the opposite side (“exit” side of the radiation beams) – unlike chemotherapy, which can cause hair loss all over the body.
That said, why doesn’t the hair grow back as much after radiation treatment? Let’s talk about some of the factors involved – and what you can do about it.
How Radiation Therapy Affects Hair
Radiation therapy is a very effective treatment that works to destroy cancer cells. However, in the process of destroying the cancer cells, the healthy cells in the area of the radiation beam are also damaged. Radiotherapy targets cells that reproduce at a faster rate, but that also describes normal hair cells. Hair cells are therefore very sensitive to radiation.
As a result, your hair may grow in thinner, in a different color, in a different texture, or may not grow back at all. For male cancer patients, the beard may no longer grow back.
You will typically notice these changes over several weeks after you start radiation therapy. Continued radiotherapy will likely cause the hair to grow back more slowly.
Hair Restoration After Radiation Therapy
If you are suffering from hair loss after radiation therapy for cancer, you should know that there are options for hair restoration available to you today. Hair restoration has made great strides in recent years.
Highly advanced hair restoration procedures can now help you get your hair back so you can feel more confident about your appearance. An experienced hair loss doctor can help you manage hair loss after cancer treatment.
Hair Doctor in New Jersey
Hair loss is, as a cancer patient, yet another factor that impacts you emotionally. Your hair is part of your identity, and losing it can make you feel angry and depressed. What you are going through is completely normal.
But you don’t have to live with a bald head forever. At Iorio Hair Restoration of New Jersey, we are here to offer you options to restore your hair using the latest and most cutting-edge hair restoration technology.
We offer both minimally invasive (injection-based) and surgical procedures to help our clients achieve the look they want. Our surgeon, Dr. Louis Iorio, is board-certified in both general and plastic surgery and is highly skilled in the latest robotic hair transplant techniques. And together, we will give you the best results.
To arrange a consultation, call Iorio Hair Restoration of New Jersey today at (732) 780-9191. You can also fill out our appointment request form online now. We look forward to helping you get your hair back!