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Eyebrow Loss (Alopecia)
and Chemotherapy

One of the most important features of our face is our eyebrows. They are an important part of our attractiveness and play a vital role in our nonverbal communication. Remember Norma Desmond in the 1950 classic
Sunset Boulevard?

Eyebrows create a frame for our face. Properly
shaped eyebrows can make our eyes look larger and
our demeanor more open and inviting. Improperly
shaped eyebrows can make our eyes look small or narrow and our demeanor closed and uninviting.

Research suggests that eyebrows play a vital role in
the expression of emotions. They can be used to convey surprise, fear, disgust, anger, sadness, and happiness.

But eyebrows are not all show – they have a purpose
as well: to protect the eyes from dust and debris.

The effect of our eyebrows isn’t truly understood until
we don’t have them. Losing one’s eyebrows is one
of the most distressing side effects of chemotherapy treatments. The powerful medication used in chemotherapy to attack cancer cells also attack other rapidly-growing cells in your body -- including the hair roots in your scalp, face, and other areas.

Eyebrow loss does not occur with all chemotherapy. Whether or not your eyebrow hairs remains as they
are, become thin, or fall out depends on the drugs and dosage. Your medical professional can guide you.  However, research shows that no treatment exists that can guarantee your eyebrows won't fall out during or
after chemotherapy.

If you are facing chemotherapy, and you already know
that you may lose your hair, you’ve probably been
thinking about wigs and other coverups. But what about your eyebrows? The best way for you to deal with impending eyebrow hair loss is to plan ahead and focus on making yourself comfortable with your appearance before, during, and after your cancer treatment.

Alopecia

There are many different types of hair loss, or alopecia. Hair loss can be due to different types of medications such as those taken for gout, arthritis, depression, hypertension, chemotherapy, and heart problems.
One’s immune system can also cause hair loss. The immune system helps defend the body from bacteria, viruses, and foreign substances. Sometimes the immune system mistakes hair follicles for a foreign substance
and attacks them. In severe cases, hair all over the body
is lost when the immune system attacks hair follicles. This is called alopecia universalis.

The nuBrow® Alternative

Until now there has not been a natural-looking solution
to replace eyebrow loss due to chemotherapy. nuBrow®
is an ideal alternative to pencils, stencils, and tattoos. nuBrow® was designed to be placed over the natural brow line using a special adhesive. These flexible, natural-looking brows will stay on but can be removed easily, without skin irritation. And, with care, they can be worn for months.

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