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Hair Loss as a result of Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery- Monday, March 17, 2008

Question:

I had bariatric surgery 4 years ago and noticed that my hair thinned out shortly thereafter. My hair is still thinner than it was prior to weight loss surgery. What is the reason for the hair loss? Will eating more protein help?

Answer:

Hair thinning or hair loss is a possibility as a result of bariatric weight loss surgery. Hair loss typically occurs between 3-6 months after surgery as a result of trauma and 1/3 of patients typically lose approximately 50% of their hair.  The good news is however, that in most cases, all of the lost hair grows back and you never know that it happened.

If your hair thinning is as a result of bariatric weight loss surgery, getting your body back in order by eating well balanced meals and high level of protein may help restore your hair.  Some bariatric patients have also tried Rogaine (minoxidil), which has been FDA approved as a hair loss treatment.  You may want to apply Rogaine topically to the hair thinning areas.

I do recommend however consulting with your physician and a dermatologist to confirm your hair thinning is related to your bariatric surgery and is not also partly genetic. Given that you had bariatric weight loss surgery 4 years ago and your hair is still thin, there could be other factors at play here.

Bill Seemiller - Managing Publisher of the Coalition Hair Loss Learning Center, and the Hair Loss Q & A Blog.

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