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Weight Loss Surgery and Hair Loss
If you have found a weight loss surgeon near you, you’re probably now worrying about some of the side effects surrounding weight loss surgery and hair loss.
But don’t worry!
We have some tips to help you keep your hair after weight loss surgery.
Why Does Hair Loss Happen After Weight Loss Surgery?
The physiological stress from weight loss surgery and the resulting rapid weight loss can cause the body to shift nutrients towards vital organs, and away from cosmetic things like hair growth. This commonly occurs 3-5 months after surgery, but we have some tips to help you maintain your hair after weight loss surgery.
Tip #1: Protein!
Here’s the deal - protein is the building block of all cells, including hair cells. If you don’t eat the minimum requirement of 60g protein/day, you are at risk of thinning hair. Eating lean proteins such as skinless chicken, Greek yogurt, legumes, baked fish, and low-fat cottage cheese can help your body meet its protein quota and keep your hair growing.
Tip #2: Vitamins!
Make sure you’re taking vitamins daily. Nutrient deficiencies can cause hair loss, so by ensuring you are taking your vital nutrients you can protect your hair. Take your chewable bariatric multiple vitamins consistently starting at two weeks before surgery to help prevent hair loss and fatigue associated with low nutrient status.
Tip #3: Iron
Iron matters. If you find that you are still losing hair 7 months after weight loss surgery, get your iron levels checked. Iron is the micronutrient most related to hair loss. If you are iron deficient, chances are that is contributing to your hair loss.
More Info on Weight Loss Surgery and Hair Loss
While hair loss is a common side effect, you can help prevent it by ensuring your body gets the proper vitamins and nutrients it needs post weight loss surgery. Call your medical provider if you have further concerns, or are unable to manage your hair loss.