You might not think about how important your hair is until you face losing it. If you have been recently diagnosed with cancer and are about to undergo chemotherapy or other treatments, the chance of hair loss is very real. Hair loss is one of the most feared side effects of chemotherapy a patient has after being diagnosed.
The Most Natural Looking Solution Available
For patients recently diagnosed or currently undergoing chemotherapy and dealing with hair loss, our customized, human-hair systems are currently the most natural looking solution available. A medical hair prostheses or a medical hair “system” is prescribed to meet the patients’ individual hair needs. This solution allows us to completely re-create any hair style the patient had prior to hair loss.
These hair systems are handmade using the exact measurements of your scalp, so they fit like a glove. The base is light-weight, breathable, comfortable to wear and looks like a real scalp with natural hair growing from it. The systems can match the patients exact hair color, texture, length and even density. Since they are made with human hair – not synthetic – the patient can style it however they want: curl, straighten, or pull it up..
The Road Back To Recovery
After treatment is completed and the patient’s natural hair starts to grow back, we make modifications to the system so the patient can continue wearing the system while their hair grows back until they feel comfortable without it.
We also offer different treatments and products to help stimulate the new hair follicles and jump-start the growth cycle. These combination therapies help speed up the growth process.
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All of these factors allow patients to engage in normal, daily, routine activities without having to worry about their hair. Patients treat the hair as if it were their own – they can shower, swim, workout etc.
“While patients are undergoing chemotherapy, the last thing they need to worry about is hair loss,” Magliaro said. “Our mission is to help them look normal while they are undergoing treatment, and work with them on their way back to recovery.”
There are other forms of medically related hair loss besides chemotherapy. Tom Magliaro’s helps people dealing with any kind of medical related hair loss. We have solutions for people suffering from trichotillomania, alopecia areata, totalis and universalis, burn victims and patients with scars from accidents or radiation.”
Frequently Asked Questions:
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Many chemotherapy agents are designed to kill fast growing cells, whether they are healthy growing cells or cancer cells. Because hair follicle cells are fast growing, many chemotherapy drugs can cause hair loss.
Discuss with your cancer care team about hair loss and other side effects of treatment before the treatment begins. The best way for you to deal with impending hair loss is to plan ahead…
Whether you choose to conceal your hair loss is a personal choice – but it’s easier to plan for it now rather than later. The “planning” is where we come in…
In a complimentary, private consultation, our hair loss specialist will walk you through the process and help you find out if the cost is covered by your insurance provider. The good news is there are options…and we are here to help.
Patients typically choose between human-hair or synthetic-fiber as their hair replacement. The patient will decide what fits best with their lifestyle and their personal preference.
This is currently the most natural looking solution available. Much like a non-surgical hair system, medical hair prostheses or a medical hair “system” is prescribed to meet the patients’ individual hair needs. The custom system can completely re-create the hair style the patient had prior to hair loss.
The hair system is versatile and designed to still be worn after treatment is completed and the patient’s natural hair starts to grow back. We make modifications to the system so that when the patients’hair does grow back they can continue wearing the system and make the change gradual.
Depending on how the system is taken care of, and the normal wear and tear of daily activity, they normally are designed to last one year.
Depending on the specific order, it generally takes 2 weeks for the order to come in. The sooner the patient comes in for the consultation to place the order, the better.
There are no limitations to your daily activity. The hair system becomes a part of you, and you will be able to live your life as if it was your natural hair. You can swim, work out, etc.
We have different strengths of medical adhesives that range from a 24-hour day to a full two weeks. Depending on the patient’s preference we will determine how long the system will stay on.