After Weight Loss Surgery hair loss is very common and can bring stress to women and men. While we all want to succeed bariatric surgery results, there are some potential risks associated with having this type of surgery. Hair loss related to bariatric surgery is known as Telogen Effluvium and is associated with the normal hair growth cycle.
Anlagen, the growth phase, is the place where nearly 90% of our hair is in at any time. The resting phase known as Telogen lasts about 1 to 6 months. With 5-15% of our hair in this resting phase, stress or any hormonal changes to the body can cause more hair to go into the resting phase. This is the type of hair that bariatric surgery patients are most likely to shed. Once hair starts to grow again, mature hair follicles are released and then the patient loses that hair.
Most often hair loss results from surgery, low-calorie intake and also low protein intake. Add any illness such as vitamin deficiencies or an under-active thyroid and you have hair loss.
Vitamins & Supplements
Always follow the dietary instructions given to you following surgery as limited calories and low protein can lead to continued hair loss. Also, take a multi-vitamin regularly, take vitamin D3 and take biotin to help prevent hair loss.
A deficiency in biotin can lead to more than just hair loss, but fatigue, numbness and tingling in the hands and feet and a red rash. While the deficiency is rare, it can lead to continued hair loss. Many patients have added a biotin supplement into their daily vitamin routine because of its positive results.