Bariatric surgery is a term used to describe a set of bariatric surgery. Some of the more common procedures include gastric bypass, gastric banding, and gastric sleeves. Although bariatric surgery is considered successful-most patients lose about 50% of their body weight-hair loss after surgery is a common concern. In fact, about one-third of bariatric surgery patients experience short-term hair loss within a few months after surgery.
What Causes Hair Loss After Bariatric Surgery?
Although it’s not known precisely why bariatric surgery could potentially reason hair loss, experts think that sudden nutritional vary is partially to blame. Bariatric surgeries diminish the size of the stomach and restriction the amount of food intake. Some procedures even lessen the number of nutrients that can be absorbed by the body. Therefore, if the body has to choose between feeding nutrients for hair follicles or important organs such as the heart and brain to maintain their function, then the follicles are gone.
What to do if you have hair loss after surgery
If hair loss occurs after weight loss surgery, you can take some steps to help your hair return to normal.
1.Ask Your Doctor Which Foods to Eat
Bariatric surgery may reduce the absorption or absorption of nutrients (such as iron, zinc, protein, and fatty acids) that support healthy hair growth, to name a few. This is why discussing with your doctor the best diet plan for you after surgery.
2.Be Gentle with Your Hair
As your weight stabilizes and your hair starts to grow back, treat your strands gently.
Brush your hair when it’s desiccated, as wet hair is more frail and prone to break.
Avoid brushing too hard. Doing so can injure your hair and even pull it out at the root.
Don’t wear tight hairstyles like ponytails, braids, and bunheads for a long time, because they will pull the hair on the hairline and cause hair loss, which is called traction hair loss.
Don’t overuse or misapply hot styling tools such as blow dryers and flat irons. They can desiccate out your hair leaving it fragile and vulnerable to break.
Using a thermal protection spray can help protect the trees from harm and keep the hair dryer at least 4-5 inches away from the hair to minimize heat dissipation.
3.Manage Your Stress
Psychological stress may come from major lifestyle and physical changes that occur after weight loss surgery, including hair loss. Try to control stress by listening to your favorite music, deep breathing exercises, or trying new hobbies. Please be patient and set realistic expectations for yourself, because the hair grows only ¼” -1/2” per month.