Hair loss after bariatric surgery - Tips for minimizing hair loss

In medical terms, hair loss associated with weight loss surgery is called telogen effluvium. After weight loss surgery in Iran or any other country, you may encounter this issue. It has to do with the normal hair growth cycle. People usually have hair loss between 1 and 6 months after surgery (around 3 to 4 months). When your hair starts to grow again the old hair follicle is released and you lose hair. But will hair grow back after bariatric surgery? Hair loss after bariatric surgery is not permanent. Yes, your hair will grow back. The body adjusts to the changes, the hair loss will decrease and then stop.

What causes hair loss after bariatric surgery?

As we said, weight loss surgery can trigger a type of acute diffuse hair loss called telogen effluvium. This is because the scalp hairs switch prematurely from the growth to the resting phase of the hair growth cycle.

You might notice more hair than usual coming out when you wash or brush your hair. You may find more hair on your pillowcase. The appearance of your hair might change and look thinner all over your head. Hair loss or Androgenetic alopecia varies in men and women.

In addition, surgery is considered an invasive process, which can put your body – and your mind – under a lot of stress. Commonly, it causes more hair loss on the top of the scalp.

Another cause of hair loss after weight loss surgery is hormonal imbalance such as hypothyroidism.

In addition to the above, hair loss can be caused by the side effects of anesthesia.

Can hair loss after weight loss surgery cause bald spots?

A lot of hairs fall out from your scalp. The hair loss is more than normal. This is also more noticeable when you wash your hair. But your scalp and the remaining hair look healthy. You will not have hair loss patches (bald patches) but rather a generalized thinning.

How long does hair loss last after bariatric surgery?

The short answer is 6 months and also it depends on the type of surgery. Hair loss can be quite substantial and take a while to settle down. Many people experience hair loss in the first six months after their surgery. It can make many patients feel self-conscious and can negatively impact their self-esteem. Note that hair loss after weight loss surgery is common. It doesn’t last more than six months. Of course, for cases of telogen effluvium, it lasts longer.

What helps hair loss after bariatric?

Here are tips for minimizing hair loss after weight-loss surgery:

  • Protein intake

Consume a minimum of 60 to 80 grams of protein each day. Include a protein with every meal and snack. Use liquid or powder protein supplements to meet daily protein intake goals.

  • Take daily the vitamins and minerals recommended by your surgeon

You should take vitamin and mineral supplements as recommended by your doctor.

Totally eat a wide variety of healthy, nutrient-rich foods every day. Iron is the micronutrient most commonly related to hair loss.

What is the best vitamin for hair loss?

According to research, there are vitamins to prevent hair loss.

  • Biotin

Biotin or vitamin B7 is important for cells inside your body.

  • Iron

Your red blood cells need iron to carry oxygen.

  • Vitamin C

This vitamin is essential for your gut to absorb iron.

  • Zinc

Zinc plays an important role in hair tissue growth and repair. Try zinc. Speak with your dietitian or doctor before starting a zinc supplement. Because excessive amounts of zinc can cause serious side effects.          

Signs of recovery from telogen effluvium

Re-growth is a clear sign of recovery from telogen effluvium. Telegon effluvium may be more severe in some areas of the scalp than others. After 3-6 months of shedding, check for signs of regrowth on the top of your hairline. Usually, in telogen effluvium, about 30% of the hairs stop growing and go into the resting phase before falling out. So you may lose an average of 300 hairs a day instead of 100 in this condition.

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