CANCER. The word alone creates fear and confusion. Patients face not only the uncertainty of their disease, but the anxiety of treatment – particularly hair loss.
Chemotherapy, and other cancer treatments such as radiation, works because they kill rapidly dividing cells. Because hair grows relatively fast, these cells are attacked and the hair growth is temporarily stopped. Now that new anti-nausiant drugs are available to patients, many people living with cancer treatment are able to work and play almost like normal, except for the hair loss.
The hair loss brings a loss of privacy and self-image that many find harder to deal with than the actual treatment.
Hair Loss Alternatives
There are several options for dealing with hair loss once it occurs. You may choose to cover your head with a hat, scarf or turban. Or you may choose to replace your hair either with a wig or with a prosthetic hair system.
If you choose to replace your hair, you’ll be happy to know that fake looking wigs are a thing of the past. New technologies have made both human hair wigs and synthetic wigs appear extraordinarily realistic because they can be fitted to the shape of your head. Human hair wigs are typically more expensive and require more maintenance. Synthetic wigs are less expensive (although some special models are more expensive), and are easier to style and wash. Synthetic wigs also dry more quickly, and require less care.
Wigs: Medically Related Hair Loss
Common Causes of Medically Related Hair Loss for Women and Men. Medical related hair loss can be attributed to several causes including:
- Alopecia Areata
- Alopecia Totalis
- Alopecia Universalis
- Radiation Treatments
- Drugs and Surgery
- Health and Stress
- Chemical Damage
- Accident Injury
- Burns and Scars
- Disaster trauma
There are several hair loss treatment options available for those experiencing medically related hair loss. Some people choose hairs, scarves or turbans, while others prefer a hair prosthesis or both.
Our custom hair replacements for men, women, and children are uniquely different from the standard wigs readily available in department stores or mail order catalogs. They are designed to meet an individual’s specific hair loss needs, and to look totally natural and undetectable. Whatever the cause, every medically-related hair loss situation can be restored to the patient’s original hair style and look.
Trichotillomania (Compulsive Hair Pulling)
Many people have nervous habits, but people who pull out their hair compulsively can suffer overwhelming emotional and even physical impact. Hair pulling is a deep secret for most people who do it, but it is not especially rare. Psychiatrists estimate that 4 million Americans have what is called trichotillomania (trick-o-till-o-main-ee-a). If wigs or hair replacement is something you want to consider, the highly experienced consultants at Jernigan’s Hair Replacement Clinic in Raleigh will help you find the best solution.