Hair Loss After Bariatric Surgery or Significant Weight Loss

Hair loss after a gastric sleeve can be reversed in most cases and even prevented. The first thing to remember is not to worry about it too much. Stress can make hair loss worse. 

It’s normal to feel alarmed by this change. But it’s a common side effect of gastric sleeve surgery or gastrectomy. It happens to over half of bariatric patients.  

Prepare beforehand or start the right healthcare routine as soon as possible. Hair loss after a gastric sleeve will then in most cases be back to normal in a few months.

Stages of Hair Loss

Hair loss after bariatric surgery or significant weight loss can be common in both men and women. Hair follicles are present in three stages including:

  • Anagen (growth) phase
  • Catagen (transition) phase
  • 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.

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Common Causes of Hair Loss

  • Dramatic weight loss
  • Surgery
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • High stress
  • Extreme diet change
  • Protein-calorie malnutrition
  • Medications
  • Iron or zinc deficiency
  • Thyroid issues
  • 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 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. 

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Who is Most at Risk of Hair Loss After a Gastric Sleeve?

Recent studies have confirmed that young women are more likely to experience hair loss after surgery. But it can happen to men and older individuals too. 

Those with a nutrient deficiency before surgery are at higher risk. If you have seen a dramatic weight change, some of your hair may be sacrificed in the process.

You may not notice hair loss right after your surgery. It may only show about one month post-op for a gastric sleeve or later.

You can read through gastric sleeve surgery testimonials to understand how hair loss effects different patients and what the experience was like over time.

How Bad Can Hair Loss After a Gastric Sleeve Be?

Usually, about 5% to 15% of hair can be lost, but only temporarily. This is enough for you to notice it, but others may not notice it. About 6 months after a gastric sleeve, the problem should be resolved. 

Many will agree that the benefits of a gastric sleeve for patients in need of one vastly outweigh this short-term problem of hair loss. 

If you lose more than this or the problem doesn’t go away, another cause may be involved. In that case, the best course is probably to see your doctor.

Ways to Prevent Hair Loss After a Gastric Sleeve

If you give your body plenty of what it needs to maintain your hair, you may not experience much hair loss, if any. Follow the 4 tips below to curb hair loss after surgery.

Find Our if Your Nutrient Levels are Low

Bariatric patients should have a series of tests before and after surgery. Ask your doctor what the results mean for your nutrient levels. You can ask your doctor if there are extra tests you can go for to check this.

These tests will often show if you have an iron, calcium, or protein deficiency, for example. You can then start supplementing for these at the right dose.

Managing Hair Loss After Bariatric Surgery

Proper nutrition is extremely important in managing post-operative symptoms, including hair loss. Tips for managing hair loss after weight loss surgery are: 

  • Take your specific bariatric multivitamin daily
  • Consume 60-80 grams of protein daily
  • Get regular blood work done 

It's better to know exactly what 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. 

Consider checking: Pain Medication After Gastric Bypass. But remember to ask you doctor first before taking any of the medicines!

Bariatric Fusion Offers Hair, Skin, and Nails Rejuvenator:

This product was formulated for bariatric patients, but non-bariatric can also take the supplement. Hair, Skin, and Nails Rejuvenator:

  • Promotes the appearance of the skin and nails
  • Benefits hair growth and appearance
    • Horsetail extract and inositol
  • Contains folate, biotin, and vitamin B12
    • Bariatric patients are at higher risk of being deficient
  • Contains OptiMSM
    • Acts as an anti-inflammatory

Other Products for Hair Thinning:

  • Corrective Biotin supplement
    • Although biotin deficiency is rare, the signs and symptoms can result in thinning hair and hair loss.

Both of these products have been formulated to replenish specific nutrients that can help prevent or minimize your hair loss. 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.

Be gentle with your hair, use quality products, and see your hairstylist

Your hair may be fragile after a gastric sleeve. Comb and brush it gently. Don’t wash or dry it roughly. Avoid heat-styling and bleach. 

Look for shampoos, conditioners, and treatments to strengthen your hair and promote growth. This will help prevent further breakage. 

If you already have this problem after gastric surgery, ask your hairstylist about styles that work well for thin hair. Start supplementing your diet as soon as possible. Good nutrition is still the best way to protect your hair.

Consider to check a complete collection of gastric bypass vitamins.

Have a look at our blog as well: Zinc After Surgery

Also you might be interested in our collections of Bariatric Protein and Biotin tablets

If you have found this article helpful, we have many other resources for bariatric patients. Have a look at our articles on:

  1. Iron Deficiency After Bariatric Surgery
  2. What Are The Best Vitamins After Bariatric Surgery?
  3. Vitamin Deficiency After Bariatric Surgery
  4. Bariatric Vitamin Patches
  5. Multivitamins For Bariatric Patients
  6. Chewable Vitamins for Bariatric Patients
  7. The Benefits of Zinc and Copper After Bariatric Surgery
  8. Importance Of A Bariatric Specific Multivitamin For Life
  9. Bariatric Recipes
  10. Gastric Bypass and Anemia
  11. Unflavored Protein Powder for Bariatric Patients
  12. Vitamin Patches Proven Ineffective After Bariatric Surgery
  13. 5 Tips To Healthy Eating After Bariatric Surgery
  14. Vitamin A Deficiency After Bariatric Surgery
  15. Most Affordable Bariatric Vitamin on the Market

**This blog is for information and education purposes only. This information is not intended to substitute professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Please consult with your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions in regards to a medical condition. A qualified healthcare professional can best assist you in deciding whether a dietary supplement is suitable based on your individual needs.