Hair Loss after Weight Loss Surgery
Hair loss is a common problem that many people must deal with after having weight loss surgery. You lose hair everyday but you don’t really notice it because while some hair is falling out, new hair is growing in so it balances out. However, approximately one third of all patients having weight loss surgery will have to deal with excessive hair loss.
No one knows for sure why some people lose more hair than others after having this surgery. It’s believed that the stress of having surgery along with the fact that this procedure reduces the number of calories you consume daily, contribute to the problem. You can’t completely stop your hair from falling out after having this procedure but you may be able to slow it down.
Here are a few tips on how to manage hair loss after weight loss surgery
- Stay on your high protein diet. Since your hair is made mostly from protein, doing so will help to keep it healthier and reduce hair loss. This is the best way to manage hair loss after having this procedure.
- Massage your scalp to increase blood flow along with the amount of nutrients the body sends to your hair. When massaging your scalp, be sure to use your fingertips, not your fingernails.
- Avoid colouring, perms and over styling your hair for at least six months following your surgery. It will help keep your hair a little healthier.
- Consider wearing a shorter hairstyle for a few months to make it easier for new hair growth to catch up with existing hair. If cutting your hair is not an option, keeping it trimmed may also help.
- Prepare for the surgery mentally as well as physically. Being prepared will help to reduce stress that contributes to hair loss.
These tips will help you manage your hair loss after having weight loss surgery but keep in mind that this side effect is temporary. You won’t have to deal with excessive hair loss for ever due to the surgery. It should start growing normally again after your weight begins to stabilise.