About 30% of patients who have gastric bypass surgery experience hair loss. Given the esteem issues that may have existed prior to the surgery, hair loss after weight loss surgery can be difficult.
While hair is aesthetically important, it is not critical to our bodies. We constantly lose and grow hair at the same time and take little notice. When we are feeling especially stressed, hair loss can increase. Two stressors that do this are surgery and rapid weight loss. The hair loss after weight loss surgery that can occur in the first six months can be attributed to both.
Why Hair Loss After Weight Loss Surgery?
The hair loss from bariatric surgery is called telogen effluvium. It starts suddenly but seldom contiunes for more than six months. Telogen effluvium has to do with stress the body is feeling and hormonal changes that can occur. Stress causes more hair follicles to enter a resting phase. The hair in the resting phase at the time of surgery will likely be the hair you will lose.
Following gastric bypass surgery, our bodies must adjust to a lesser amount of calories. Only those organs that require nutrients the most will receive them. Hair is not among those organs.
Hair strands also retreat into a state of temporary suspension after weight-loss surgery and do not produce new strands.The condition is temporary, and you don’t need to be concerned about losing all your hair.
How To Stop Hair After Weight Loss Surgery
You can take the following steps to slow or stop hair loss after gastric bypass surgery:
Make sure you are getting the 60 to 80 grams of protein you need each day. Ninety-one percent of hair is made of protein.
Cutting or trimming your hair is another option. This will allow new growth to maintain the rate of growth with existing hair.
More nutrients can be sent to your hair by simply massaging your scalp. Massage with the tips of your fingers, but do not massage your hair if it is wet. A wig is also an option to consider.
The important thing to remember is that the condition is temporary and any hair that is lost will grow back. Patients never lose all of their hair and regrowth will happen in three to six months after proteins increase.
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