If you are reading this, chances are you have experienced significant hair loss after bariatric surgery. Losing hair can be a distressing experience, but rest assured that it's a common side effect of bariatric surgery. In this blog post, we have compiled information to help you understand why hair loss happens and what you can do to minimize it.

Why Does Hair Loss Happen After Bariatric Surgery?

After bariatric surgery, your body goes through several changes. You start losing weight rapidly, your body is in a state of shock, and you experience a deficiency of essential nutrients. The rapid weight loss and nutritional deficiencies can affect your hair growth cycle, leading to hair loss.

How Much Hair Loss is Normal?

It's entirely normal to experience some hair loss after bariatric surgery. However, the extent of hair loss varies from person to person. You may experience anything from a few hairs falling out to significant hair loss in handfuls. Generally, the hair loss starts around two to four months after the surgery and peaks at around six months. After that, it starts to recover and grow back gradually.

What Can You Do to Minimize Hair Loss?

There's no one-size-fits-all solution to hair loss after bariatric surgery, but by following a few tips, you may be able to minimize the extent of hair loss.

Take Bariatric Vitamins Regularly: Keep in mind that your body needs specific vitamins and nutrients after bariatric surgery. Your surgeon will recommend a suitable vitamin supplement that replenishes your body's nutrient needs.

Make Sure to Get Sufficient Protein Intake: Protein is essential for healthy hair growth. Even if you take protein supplements, you may still need to ensure sufficient protein intake through whole foods like lean meats, beans, and lentils.

Speak to Your Doctor: It's essential to talk to your doctor if you experience significant hair loss or if the hair loss continues for extended periods. Your doctor will check your blood work to see if you are experiencing any nutrient or mineral deficiencies and recommend any necessary supplements.

Take Good Care of Your Hair: Be kind to your hair during this stressful time. Limit the use of heated styling tools, such as flat irons and curlers. Make sure to use a gentle shampoo and brush your hair carefully to avoid breaking off the hair that is already weak.

Hair loss after bariatric surgery can be a distressing experience, but it's a common side effect and, in most cases, temporary. By following the tips we have outlined, you may be able to minimize the extent of hair loss as your body adjusts to the changes. Remember to take steps to keep yourself healthy in all aspects, and your hair will grow back in time.

November 25, 2023
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