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Will I lose my hair after weight loss surgery?

The human body undergoes a multitude of significant changes in the weeks and months after bariatric surgery. Significant weight loss can increase stress on the body, and some side effects are simply part of the process. A common side effect of drastic weight loss that many bariatric patients experience is hair loss or thinning.

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Surgery is stressful on the body and can lead to hair loss or thinning in about one-third of bariatric patients. Combine that stress with a new, stricter dieting plan and hair loss is even more likely.

If you’ve noticed your hair is falling out or thinning after undergoing bariatric surgery, there is some good news: Hair loss due to bariatric surgery and, consequently, rapid weight loss, is usually temporary. Losing weight causes metabolic changes in the body that can often lead to thinning hair, especially in the 3-6 months after surgery. Hair growth should return to normal by the end of one year, though hair grows back to its original thickness within 6 months for most patients.

If you’re experiencing hair loss more than one year after surgery, it’s imperative that you speak to a healthcare professional to determine if there are underlying medical causes for your hair loss. Malnutrition, such as deficiencies in iron, biotin or protein can cause hair loss as well as nail and skin irregularities.  

Fight hair loss with diet changes

When it comes to significant weight loss, sometimes the body misses out on essential nutrients that can stop hair growth. Ensuring that you’re meeting daily requirements for vitamins and minerals is an effective way to limit hair loss while losing weight.

Protein: Hair is primarily made of keratin, which requires protein to remain strong and hold its elasticity. The essential amino, acid L-lysine, is ideal for hair growth and is found in fish, eggs and meat.

Zinc: This essential mineral plays a role during the hair cycle during protein synthesis and division of cells. Bariatric surgery is widely considered a risk factor for zinc deficiency.

Iron: A deficiency in iron can show symptoms of hair loss as this mineral is crucial in the production of keratin.

Northwest Weight Loss Surgery is committed to giving you the tools you need to be successful in your weight loss journey. If you’re struggling with hair loss after bariatric surgery, or have general questions about weight loss surgery, give us a call and speak to one our medical professionals today.

Added on 08/14/2017

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Northwest Weight Loss Surgery offers options for weight loss surgery; Gastric Bypass, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Lap Band Surgery, Plication, Botox, Juvederm, Facial Peels and Medical Grade skin care products.  for Washington State, servicing the entire country including Seattle, Bellevue, Redmond, Tacoma, Spokane, and the Tri cities areas as well as Nationwide. We also offer weight loss surgery for patients from Canada and other countries outside of the U.S.A.

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