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How Does Gastric Bypass Cause Hair Loss?


Gastric Bypass surgery can cause hair loss due to hormonal and nutritional changed in the body.

Hair loss is devastating. This is especially true for women. We strive, by writing these weekly blogs, to educate you on all types of hair loss, preventative methods, and reasonable solutions that will keep your prized locks atop your head. Making sure you wake up each day, look yourself in the mirror and love the skin you’re in is our goal. Hair loss awareness could be what prevents it. This week, we’ll take a look at gastric bypass surgery and the unfortunate risk of hair loss associated with the procedure.


How Gastric Bypass Hair Loss Occurs

You are only at risk for gastric bypass hair loss during your recovery period. Drastic changes in nutrition and eating habits are known to make your hair fall out. The same sort of hair loss occurs after undergoing gastric bypass surgery. If, during the recovery period, you are not consuming the proper amount of nutrients you will be at greater risk for hair loss. Gastric bypass hair loss is caused by lack of protein, iron, zinc, and vitamin B combined with the hormonal changes your body undergoes from weight loss. Lack of essential vitamins/minerals, and changes to your body’s hormones is often reflected in the hair. It will feel weaker at the root, and start to thin initially. If proper care is not taken on you and your surgeon’s’ part, the hair will start to detach from the root. Emotional stress during the post-surgery period may also contribute to losing hair. Finding avenues to destress, while eating balanced meals and taking the proper vitamin supplements will help prevent gastric bypass hair loss.

What Are the Chances?

30-40% of patients experience gastric bypass hair loss. It is, however, temporary. So, taking the necessary time to combat it by actively working to stabilize your body after experiencing drastic change will keep those strands rooted!

Will the Damage be Permanent?

The damage is not permanent. Gastric bypass hair loss will usually occur during the first 6 months prior to surgery. Often times taking notable effect on your scalp’s scruff about 3 to 4 months post-operation. In order to get your crown’s voluminous luster back, taking proper vitamins, supplements, eating well, and managing stress will have you back to your glowing self in no time. If the period of hair loss is too drastic, there are stylish options available to you to keep you feeling great while your hair regrows.

If You’re Experiencing Gastric Bypass Hair Loss A Private Hair Loss Consultation Will Help

Bonnie Grauer, the owner of Wigs and Hair Solutions, has been a breast cancer survivor for 11 years, and is invigorated by helping cancer patients and hair loss sufferers feel confident through her wig services. She has also previously owned Symmetry Hair Studio, where she acquired 25 years of experience in wigs and hair loss solutions.

At Wigs and Hair Solutions, we help our clients with their hair loss. We specialize in human hair wigs, partial pieces, and toppers to cover any level of hair loss. Whether your hair loss is only temporary or a permanent occurrence, or is medically-related, Bonnie will be able to create the look you want with a high-quality wig, topper, or partial piece.

To schedule a private initial consultation with Wigs and Hair Solutions in Columbia, call us today at 410-720-8588. You can also visit us in the Medical Pavilion at Howard County.


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