Some causes for partial or complete hair loss
Chemotherapy / Radiation
Trichotillomania (hair pulling)
Accidents / Burns / Grafted Skin
Stress / Genetics / Age
I want to do something about my hair loss, what's involved?
Changing Images offers convenient office hours. Evening and weekend appointments available. Absolute privacy and confidentiality. Very private and comfortable atmosphere. Private fitting room. All visits, by appointment only.
What is alopecia?
Alopecia is another word for hair loss. Alopecia (or hair loss) can be caused by disease, medications, aging, heredity, hair pulling (trichotillomania), due to scarring from other skin or systemic disorders, lifestyle or it may be idiopathic. It is estimated that there are approximately 80 million men, women and children in the U.S. with some degree of alopecia. It is a fairly common condition which, in most cases, is temporary.
What is idiopathic hair loss?
Idiopathic means arising from the body itself. An idiopathic disease occurs because of a process inside the body, not from an influence of an outside source such as an infection or injury. So idiopathic hair loss is a term used to describe a disease or condition that arises spontaneously or for which the cause is unknown.
Please explain the most common forms of alopecia?
The most common is alopecia areata appearing as small, smooth circular areas of hair loss. It can involve hair loss on your scalp or other parts of your body. Alopecia totalis refers to complete loss of scalp hair, while alopecia universalis refers to complete loss of all body hair. Although the cause is not yet clearly known, researchers feel some forms of alopecia are an autoimmune condition.
Temporary Hair Loss
• Alopecia Areata: small, smooth circular areas of hair loss
• Telogen Effluvium: occurring suddenly, most often after a significant illness or major life stres. Handfuls of hair come out, causing overall hair thinning (not patches).
• Traction Alopecia: bald patches can occur when hairstyles include pigtails, braids or cornrows.
• Anagen Effluvium: most often a side effect of chemotherapeutic drugs given to fight cancer or lymphoma
Permanent Hair Loss
• Androgenetic Alopecia or Male-pattern baldness: May occur in 20's or even earlier. It's typically characterized by a receding hairline at the temples and balding at the top of the head. The end result may be partial or complete baldness.
• Androgenetic Alopecia or Female-pattern baldness: Women with permanent hair loss usually have hair loss limited to thinning at the front, sides or crown. Women usually maintain their front hairline and rarely experience complete baldness.
• Cicatricial (scarring) Alopecia: This rare condition occurs when inflammation damages and scars hair follicles, causing permanent hair loss.
What about chemotherapy?
Chemotherapy consists of the administering of drugs that destroy rapidly reproducing cancer cells. Cancer cells are some of the most rapidly reproducing cells in the body, but other cells, such as those which contribute to the formation of hair shafts and nails, are also rapidly reproducing. Unfortunately, while chemotherapy drugs preferentially destroy cancer cells, the drugs also can destroy those cells responsible for normal growth of hair and nails. Cancer patients sometimes shed the hair and nails during treatment. Chemotherapy drugs are poisonous to the cells of the hair root responsible for hair shaft formation. Usually, the hair is lost rapidly in large quantities during treatment. No hair growth stimulants, shampoos, conditioners or other cosmetic treatments can prevent or retard the hair loss.
The good news, however, is that the hair usually grows back at the completion of the treatment.
Who is a good candidate for hair prostheses?
Men, women and children suffering from partial or complete hair loss for whatever reason.
Our speciality is helping clients with grafted skin caused by burns and other accidents. We understand that clients with grafted skin require specialized care, which we are proud to offer. We have clients who first came to us as children, and we've watched them grow up over the years.
Children are especially sensitive to hair loss caused by chemotherapy and radiation treatments and we pride ourselves with the special care we extend to these young clients.
What expenses will I incur?
We can schedule a free initial consultation for you. During this consultation all the available options will be explored. We provide assistance with insurance claims and cooperative services with Doctors and other medical professionals. A complete cost analysis will be presented to you following the introductory consultation. Because we have many years of experience in hair replacement industry we can offer an accurate, short or long-term estimate on initial investment and maintenance cost.
What other services does Changing Images offer?
Assessments for fittings, cutting, styling, color and texture matching. Full service maintenance and personal follow-up, specialty care products, hospital consultations and patient care.
Does camouflage work?
Just as powders and liquids cover dark or red spots on skin, thinning areas on your scalp can be disguised with a matching camouflage powder, spray or fibers. Applied correctly, these hair products can give a flawless look to temporarily disguise your hair thinning or loss.Good Looking® Hair Spray, Derm Match® and Xfusion® are all available for purchase at the Studio and in the Products section of this website.