Question: Can hair loss occur after weight loss surgery?
Answer: Yes. Most commonly hair loss happens around months 3 or 4 post-weight loss surgery, but every patient is different, and so the time hair loss starts and stops does vary. Hair loss after surgery is very normal, as is being in any active state of weight-loss, and is due to your body being in an active state of weight loss (ketosis). During this time, your body is focusing on vital organs. Sadly, hair growth is a secondary process for your body.
Know that hair loss is short-term! It does stop and it does grow back. Rest assured, you will not go bald. You, the patient, are the one who notices your own hair loss the most; we are our own worst critic.
No remedy is thoroughly scientifically proven, but taking biotin, niacin or gelatin capsules to help to grow strong, healthy hair, once you are out of the active state of weight loss. If you are eating protein at each meal (70% of your meal) and are taking your supplements, then do not worry. Normal hair growth will return around nine months post-operatively. The hair loss is stemming from the body’s way of shedding itself while maintaining the most vital organs (the ones inside you!).
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