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Hair loss

Did you know that thinning hair is a VERY common side effect after any WLS?  Some docs don’t bother to tell patients that, then we poor unsuspecting patients start panicking when we see the gobs of hair in the bathtub.  Not to worry; hair loss is normally only between months 3-6 after gastric bypass or other weight loss surgery, and there are some things you can do to help it not be too dramatic.

  • PROTEIN-Yes, getting in enough protein is the number one way to help keep hair loss to a minimum.  I cringe when I hear people saying they don’t supplement.  Right after surgery our pouch is TINY and there is no way possible to get enough protein in it through food alone!  I always aimed for 80-110 g a day, and honestly I did not loose a drastic hair; I’m sure getting enough protein helped with that!
  • VITAMINS-Low iron and B vitamins specifically will cause hair loss.  It’s important to take vitamins every single day for your health, but your hair will thank you also!  I prefer Bari Life vitamins, as they are everything I need in one formula.  Works out to be cheaper in the end than buying everything separately! 
  • ZINC-A deficiency in zinc can contribute to hair loss.  You can have your doc run a blood check for you, or just supplement (can help ward off a cold too-bonus!)
  • FLAXSEED OIL-Some people swear by supplementing with flaxseed oil.  It’s well worth a try!
  • JUST SAY NO-To coloring, straitening, blow drying, etc.  These can make your hair brittle as it is, and can cause further breakage, making thinning more noticeable.
  • RELAX-Even if you do have some thinning, it will eventually stop.  Try getting a new hair cut to make it less noticeable, and try a shampoo for fine hair.  They can be miracle workers at making hair appear thicker!




Hello, I'm Kate, and I'm a 10 year gastric bypass post-op. I started this blog, as well as my nutritional website, to help other bariatric surgery post-op's on their journey as well as pre-op's with their decision if bariatric surgery is right for them or not.

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