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Hair Loss after Weight-Loss Surgery

Hair loss can be a natural occurrence after bariatric surgery. As your body is going through significant changes, sometimes it will respond by shedding an excessive amount of hair. Don’t fret—the hair loss is only temporary. This particular type of hair loss is called telogen effluvium. The condition is a result of the stress, nutrient, and hormonal changes your body experiences after weight loss surgery. This guide will inform you about hair loss after bariatric surgery and how to prevent it.


The Hair Cycle

Hair continuously grows and sheds in cycles. The 3 steps to the hair cycle are described below:

1. Anagen phase- This is the growing phase of hair. It can last 2-6 months.

2. Catagen phase- The purpose of this phase is to transition from the growing to resting phase. It is the shortest phase of the hair cycle.

3. Telogen phase- This is the resting phase and holds each strand of hair for about 100 days before shedding and initiating the anagen phase again.

Telogen Effluvium

This condition is caused by a sudden shock or change in nutrients that leads to more hair transitioning into the telogen phase of the hair cycle. With more strands of hair in this phase, a greater amount of hair will fall out per day. Typically, someone faced with this condition will lose 300 strands per day instead of the average 100. Telogen effluvium will show signs two to four months after the event that triggered the problem. Most often, the condition will subside in six months with proper treatment.

Weight loss surgery can provoke hair loss due to many factors. This surgery can lead to a drastic change in the body, causing shock and hormonal fluctuation. In addition, the sudden decrease in caloric intake may cause a limiting of nutrients to hair follicles, an unessential part of the body, to ensure an overall metabolic balance. Less frequently, a lack of protein can lead to more follicles entering the telogen phase. Hair is made from protein and any deficit will affect the production of new hair.

Preventing Hair Loss After Bariatric Surgery

The best way to prevent hair loss after weight loss surgery is to make sure your body has the nourishment it needs. Fortunately, a healthy diet is attainable and can be beneficial. Make sure to follow the bariatric diet closely and monitor your intake of the following nutrients:

· Protein

· Vitamin A

· Vitamin C

· Vitamin D

· Vitamin E

· Biotin

· Zinc

· Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids

· Iron

If you experience hair loss after bariatric surgery, there is no need to worry. The hair will grow back. The most important thing is to focus on a proper diet and healthy weight loss goals. Your body will adjust to the changes and you will be back to a full head of hair in no time.

If you are interested in weight loss surgery, Brand Surgical Institute offers many bariatric surgery options. Call (818) 243- 9999 today to schedule a consultation with one of our highly rated surgeons!

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