It’s been a few months since your bariatric surgery, and it happens…gobs of hair in the drain, strands all over your hairbrush, maybe even a few thin looking patches on your head. It’s one of the most common complaints and worries about weight loss surgery. How to keep it to a minimum is one of the most frequently asked questions.
According to the Obesity Action Coalition, major surgery and acute weight loss are two common reasons for hair loss, and according to Penn Medicine, because hair is made of protein, lack of protein can be a major cause of hair loss.
Soooo, how can you prevent it from happening? Well, you can’t, not completely. However, you CAN prevent it from being a big deal, and keep that shedding down to a minimum.
For heavens sake, supplement that protein!! This is the number one reason that major hair loss happens after gastric bypass surgery. You absolutely cannot eat enough protein in the first 6-18 months after surgery without supplementing. I hear often that the thick shake types are hard to get down after surgery, so here is a couple fruity ones to try. Also, if it’s just too much fluid, try protein shots.
Please, please take your vitamins! Not Flinstones people…those are for kids! You need to take a grown-up vitamin, preferably one for bariatric patients. There are tons out there that keep your levels up, as well as taste good.
Many people have said Biotin has worked wonders for them. I personally have not tried it, but it certainly can’t hurt to keep that hair where it belongs, on your head instead of down the drain!
If hair loss seems overly excessive, think you can see your scalp excessive, or continues past your one year mark, please see your doc. Also remember to go in regularly for vitamin checks, to make sure your levels are up where they should be!