Hopefully, your oncology team gave you the recommendation to go see a Wig Specialist before you start your chemo. A Wig Specialist will take pictures of you before your hair starts to release and will also take cuttings of your hair to document the texture and color for matching purposes. You can always choose to be a blonde one day and a brunette the next if you purchase multiple wigs! But most women want the look they had before their hair fell out. You may have a team approach with a Wig Fitter who counsels you on styles and types of wigs and then a Wig Stylist who works in a salon and specialized in cut and color of wigs.
Wigs generally come in synthetic and human hair options. Synthetic wigs are more ‘wash and wear’ and require much less care than a human hair wig. They also cost much less than human hair wigs but can be less comfortable due to the heavier fibers used to make these wigs.
Human hair wigs have more styling and coloring options, but with options comes a higher price. These wigs can be more comfortable since the hair filaments are lighter in weight. However, they are more fragile than synthetic wigs and require a bit more care.
An important component of a wig is the cap (underlying material that holds the fibers). Certain caps can be altered to create a custom fit and look. A Wig stylist will cut, color and style your wig to achieve the look you want.
Scalp care products are important to the comfort and condition of your head. I can recommend some products that my patients found helpful while undergoing their chemotherapy.
Pink Ribbon Plus has a talented Wig Fitter who can answer your questions about wigs, in a stress-free environment…your home! Donna Deeb has 16 years of Wig Fitting experience, working with some of the top Stylists in Atlanta*, who specialize in cutting, coloring and styling all types of wigs. She works with women who are undergoing chemotherapy for all types of cancers.**
*Metro Atlanta, GA patients can schedule an in-person consultation with Donna Deeb
**Please email or call Pink Ribbon Plus for consulting fee information and to schedule an appointment to speak with Donna.
Medicare does not cover any wigs. Other payers generally cover all or part of a wig and sometimes cover multiple wigs for you. When calling for benefits, the terminology “cranial prosthesis” may help the agent find your benefits.
Your medical team may have given you information and resources for a wig. However, you might want to speak with an experienced and knowledgeable Wig Fitter, with a no-pressure atmosphere. If so you can schedule a consultation.
Medicare does not cover wigs while other payers usually cover one wig and sometimes multiples wigs for your patients. I have called on highly regarded GYN Oncology practices, only to find out they were unaware of the many wig choices their patients had and that most insurance plans included wig coverage for cancer patients. You may be very informed and give your patients excellent resources for a wig. But your patients might want to consult with an experienced Wig Fitter and have a no-pressure atmosphere. If so, please have them schedule a consultation.
As you know, hair loss is a very stressful and emotional time in a woman’s life. A wig salon usually sees patients dealing with all types of cancer and chemo drugs that cause hair loss. An experienced Wig Fitter and Stylist should know when hair loss may happen based on the chemo drug she is taking. It is best for your patients to see a wig specialist before their hair starts to release. Cuttings and photos of a patient’s hair, before hair loss, help insure a woman can obtain the look she wants and is used to seeing in the mirror.
Benefit coverage changes constantly and is different with every payer and state. Pink Ribbon Plus cannot be responsible for changes in coverage. All information is given with the sole intent to educate the client and help them understand post-breast cancer diagnosis insurance benefits when pertaining solely to post-op garments, external breast forms, bras, wigs, and skin care products. All products must be approved by the physician before using.