This is certainly a legitimate concern, but one that needn’t be as much of a concern as you think. The following is a list of things to keep in mind as you go through chemotherapy — and we hope that, with this advice, we’re able to provide some much-needed insight and comfort for you as you undergo this process:
What You need to Know About Chemotherapy Eyelashes
- Not every person will respond to chemotherapy the same way — some people experience no hair loss, while others experience total hair loss, and still others experience hair loss after the chemotherapy is long over. So, as you get chemotherapy, don’t assume that you’ll automatically fall into the category of “my hair will definitely fall out, and that includes my eyelashes!
- Should you be one of the ones who experience chemotherapy eyelash loss, there are a few different options that you can consider in terms of replacement. However, before you consider any replacement — especially replacement that involves any type of glue that you place on your eyes — check with your doctor or nurse practitioner. There is the possibility of an allergic reaction to the glue because of chemical additives or an increased risk of infection because of a compromised immune system.
- Finally, but certainly no less importantly, if you do find yourself choosing to use false eyelashes, be on the lookout for lashes that are specifically designed for cancer patients such as yourself. Blinkies is a brand that’s specifically designed for cancer patients; or, in the alternative, you can get your lashes from Madame Madeline(who offer a 15% discount to cancer patients and/or survivors).
- The good news is that eyelashes are the last hair to go and the first to grow back. So once your treatment is finished you should see some eyelash growth within a few weeks.