Dealing with hair loss after bariatric surgery or a significant weight loss 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. Bariatric hair loss is usually diagnosed as Telogen Effluvium, which is a temporary hair loss. This issue is not fully understood, but hair follicles tend to be forced into the dormant phase which lasts 3-6 months and then falls out. This is usually when many people see hair loss after bariatric surgery.
Common causes of hair loss include dramatic weight loss, surgery, hormonal imbalance, high stress, extreme diet change, protein-calorie malnutrition, medications, iron or zinc deficiency, thyroid issues, and/or trauma. After weight loss surgery, you are causing caloric restriction and/or malabsorption of really important nutrients that the body needs. Naturally, there are going to be repercussions somewhere. After surgery, the body does the best it can to adapt to new changes and unfortunately hair growth is probably not at the top of the list. Although this seems terrifying, unless you have an underlying condition, you can count on your hair to grow back.
Proper nutrition is extremely important in managing post-operative symptoms, including hair loss. Some tips for after surgery would be to make sure you are taking a bariatric specific multivitamin daily, consuming around 60-80 grams of protein daily, and getting blood work done when your doctor recommends it to catch deficiencies that may be causing problems. It is better to know what exactly is causing the problem before trying to treat hair loss with random supplements.
When it comes down to purchasing a hair supplement, it all depends on your exact needs and what you are looking for. Remember, you should never rely on receiving your nutrition solely through dietary supplements. Food should always be your first source of vitamins and minerals, but in some cases like bariatric surgery, additional supplements are necessary.
Bariatric Fusion offers a Hair, Skin, and Nails Rejuvenator supplement that was formulated with a specific focus on bariatric concerns, although anyone looking to boost the appearance and growth of their hair, skin and nails can take it. The addition of zinc, folate, biotin, and vitamin B12 (some of the vitamins that bariatric patients are at higher risk of being deficient in) benefit hair growth and appearance, as well as, horsetail extract and inositol. The inclusion of OptiMSM benefits as an anti-inflammatory, which we know there can be inflammation going on in the body after surgery or even a few years down the line that you might not be fully aware of. Zinc and Copper are minerals that can also be found in the product to support the natural formation of collagen that can maximize tissue repair and skin appearance.
Bariatric Fusion also carries a biotin supplement that puts more of a focus on hair. Although biotin deficiency is rare, the signs and symptoms can result in thinning hair and hair loss. So as I said before, it all depends on your specific needs and what you are looking for. Both of these products have been formulated to replenish specific nutrients that can help prevent or minimize your hair loss. 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. They are perfectly fine for non bariatric patients as well.