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 forced to make a choice and is starts focusing on vital organs instead, so sadly, hair growth is a secondary process for your body. It’s a common fear and complaint from many bariatric patients after weight loss surgery, because while for most of us as human beings, hair has become an important part of our self-image and has even become a way of expressing ourselves. Our bodies, however, don’t agree.
Hair loss can happen commonly around 3 or 4 months post-weight loss surgery, but every patient is different, and so the time hair loss starts and stops does vary.
Know that hair loss is short term! It does stop and it does grow back. Rest assured, you won’t 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 can help to grow strong, healthy hair once you are out of the active state of weight loss. As long as you are eating adequate amounts of protein (40-60 grams/day), the hair loss is stemming from the body’s way of shedding itself while maintaining the most vital organs (the ones inside you!).
If you have questions or concerns about your hair loss, don’t hesitate to give us a call at (801) 268-3800.