Dealing with Hair loss after bariatric surgery can be common in both men and women. Hair follicles are present in three stages including the anagen (growth) phase, catagen (transition) phase, and telogen (dormant, hair loss) phase. Post-operative patients deal with multiple stressors that prolong the telogen phase causing a period of time, usually 3-6 months after surgery, where hair loss is seen. Common causes of hair loss include stress on the body, protein-calorie malnutrition, acute weight loss, hormonal disruption, Iron or Zinc deficiency, and some medications that are taken. Many of these stressors are present after surgery. Although this seems terrifying, you can count on your hair to grow back so don’t panic.
Proper nutrition is important in managing post-operative symptoms, including hair loss. Some tips for after surgery would be to make sure you are consuming around 60-100 grams of protein per day, continue to take vitamin and mineral supplements daily, and get your lab work done regularly to catch deficiencies.
Bariatric Fusion offers a Hair, Skin, and Nails supplement as well as a Biotin supplement. Both of these products have been formulated to replenish specific micronutrients and macronutrients that can help prevent or minimize your hair loss after surgery. You can click on the links below to view these products.
Our bariatric supplements are formulated specifically for Bariatric Surgeries including Sleeve Gastrectomy, Gastric Bypass, Lap Band, and Intra-gastric Balloon patients.