Hair loss can be a frustrating side affect after bariatric surgery and is a concern that many patients bring up during at their 3 or 6 month follow-up clinic appointments.
What is going on?
In general, the hair follicles may go into a "resting phase" that may last 3-6 months while the protein and nutrient you consume go to your vital organs and tissues. Hair loss may occur for several reasons, some reasons that are preventable and treatable and some that out of your control.
- Stress of surgery
- Rapid weight loss
- Inadequate protein intake
- Inadequate micronutrient intake
- Hormone or thyroid imbalance
While you cannot take back the surgery and rapid weight loss is the nature of surgery, you can address your nutrition status and you can have a positive attitude while embracing the changes your body is undergoing!
What can you do?
- Don't be shy with products, these can work for you with creating a fuller look.
Anna Macnak, RDN, LD
UT Weight Loss & CHRISTUS Weight Loss Institute
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