You may notice more hair than usual in the months after bariatric surgery. This is a common side effect of the procedure և may be due to your body reaction to surgery, weight loss և changed diet.

You will not lose all your hair, but you can see more of it in your brush or while washing your hair. Most of the time, this hair loss will decrease after a few months, և your body will start to grow more hair.

You may be able to change or supplement your diet to reduce hair loss. Consult a doctor before adding extra nutrients to reduce hair loss.

There are several reasons for hair loss after bariatric surgery. These include:

Telogen effluvium:

These factors are just a few of the reasons why people lose their hair and develop epilepsy. This condition occurs several months after a significant change in your body. Your body converts nutrients from your hair to your vital organs.

Telogen effluvium occurs when most of your hair enters the dormant or telogen phase. This is the opposite of the anagen phase when your hair grows. When your hair is dormant, it stops growing and eventually falls out after 3 or 4 months, or sometimes even sooner. This condition does not lead to complete hair loss or even noticeable bald spots. You will just have more hair loss than you normally would.

Nutritional deficiencies

Hair loss can occur during any type of weight loss surgery, but some may affect your body’s absorption of nutrients more than others և lead to hair loss, for example:

  • Restrictive surgeries, such as gastric bypass or gastric bypass, do not interfere with your body’s ability to absorb nutrients, but they can also lead to hair loss. We will talk about this in more detail below.
  • Insufficient absorption surgeries are biliopancreatic deviation (BPD) և BPD with duodenal switch. They can affect how your body absorbs nutrients.
  • Mixed procedures such as Roux-en-Y gastric bypass permanently affect the nutrient absorption of the horse and may require lifelong supplementation.

What does the research say?

Several studies have examined hair loss after bariatric surgery. Some have found that certain nutritional deficiencies, such as age, lead to hair loss.

  • One study in 2014 42 women lost their hair after laparoscopic gastrectomy. 41% of participants had hair loss after the procedure. The study found that the majority of participants with hair loss had low levels of zinc (iron) combined with zinc, and that zinc supplements stopped hair loss in most participants.
  • Another study studied 18 studies on hair loss and bariatric surgery. The study found that young women with low levels of zinc, folic acid (vitamin B9) and ferritin (protein) were more likely to lose their hair.

What are the most common drawbacks?

After bariatric surgery, your body may be deficient in certain nutrients: minerals, which can lead to hair loss. Remember that other nutritional deficiencies can also lead to hair loss.

It may be impossible to prevent hair loss after bariatric surgery, as it is the body’s natural response to surgery, significant weight loss, and dietary changes. But there are ways in which you can reduce the amount of hair lost, such as:

  1. Stay tuned. Follow your doctor’s diet plan.
  2. Eat enough protein. Include protein in և snacks և Ask your healthcare provider about protein supplements that contain protein. Avoid more protein than your doctor advises, as this can interfere with your weight loss program.
  3. Take supplements as recommended by your doctor. You can take zinc, iron և A, B9 և C vitamins as oral supplements. You may need to take copper supplements intravenously. Your doctor may recommend other supplements that stimulate hair growth.
  4. Avoid overdoing it on supplements that can actually cause hair loss. One study found that too much vitamin A և E և selenium can lead to further hair loss.
  5. Stick to your recovery schedule. Talk to your doctor to make sure you are getting enough nutrients in your diet and are following a recovery plan.

Keep in mind that supplements are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, so brands may differ in quality. You can overdo it with certain additives, which can lead to poisoning. Follow your doctor’s advice before taking supplements after bariatric surgery.

Your hair should grow back after bariatric surgery. It may take up to 6 months for all the dormant hair to fall out, but over time your body will start to grow more hair. There is no way hair that has fallen asleep can be reactivated.

Discuss hair loss with your doctor after bariatric surgery if you still notice significant hair loss after 6 months or a year. This may be a sign that your body needs more nutrients.

You should also see a doctor if your hair loss starts after 6 months, if you suspect you have nutritional deficiencies, or if a normal blood test shows that you have low levels of vitamins or minerals, which can lead to hair loss.

It is common to lose more hair than usual in the months after bariatric surgery. Talk to your doctor about dietary changes or supplements that reduce hair loss after your procedure. You should notice less hair loss over time և after that your hair should start to grow more normally. Talk to your doctor if you experience hair loss 6 months or more after the procedure.