Kenneth Beer, M.D. is a board-certified dermatologist and dermatopathologist in Palm Beach, Fla., and the director of, an online skincare company. He is also the director of The Cosmetic Bootcamp, which trains physicians in best practices for cosmetic medicine. Dr. Beer is an instructor in dermatology at the University of Miami, and he is an A.B. Duke Scholar at Duke University. He obtained his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and received his dermatology and dermatophathology training at the University of Chicago. Visit Dr. Beer's office at

Regrowing Hair After Chemo

Monday, 16 August 2010 03:23 PM

Question: Is there anything that can help hair regrowth in the scalp, eyebrows and eyelashes after chemotherapy? A friend just completed the process.

Dr. Beer's Answer:

First, I am sorry your friend had to undergo chemotherapy and hope he or she gets well soon. Yes, there are a few things chemo patients can do that will not only help them look better but also help with the profound psychological damage that losing your hair causes.

Latisse is the first and only FDA-approved product to help eyelashes grow. From my own experience with chemo patients, I have seen it work wonders for eyelashes. I think that it also would be reasonable to use it on eyebrows. For scalp hair, I would recommend Rogaine and, if your friend is a male, Propecia.

There are some other potential treatments to help people regain their hair (and self image), but these three are easy and cost effective, and I would recommend trying them first.

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