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The Complicated Relationship Between Hair Loss and Bariatric Surgery

Those suffering the inability to lose weight through diet and exercise sometimes turn to bariatric surgery, such as gastric bypass surgery. While the surgery is often successful for weight loss, it also comes with its own risks—one risk being hair loss. It’s frustrating to successfully address one health-related issue, only to develop another. Why is hair loss and bariatric surgery related?hair-loss-bariatric-surgery

A change in priorities

The Obesity Action Coalition reminds us that “while for most of us as people, our hair is an important part of our self-image and body image, it is not very important to our bodies.” Therefore, your body prioritizes your organs such as the brain and heart over growing hair.

Rapid weight loss is a known cause of hair loss even in individuals who have not had any form of bariatric surgery. Rapid weight loss affects your nutrition, which impacts how your body prioritizes the nutrition you are receiving until everything balances out. This causes the body to put hair growth on the back burner while it takes care of your major organs.

Patience is a virtue

For most bariatric surgery patients, hair growth returns to normal after about six months, but it could be longer depending on the individual. Making sure you are receiving enough of vital nutrients can help with this process. Dorothy McFadden, RD, LDN cautions that a lack of iron is a common cause of hair loss, so making sure your diet is rich in foods containing iron naturally is important. Do not take iron supplements without the direction of your doctor, as too much iron can cause problems.

While waiting for your hair growth to return, a great way to combat hair loss is investing in a wig or hair piece. That way, you don’t have to worry about how your hair looks while you recovering, and you can focus on improving your health rather than how your hair looks. Call Wigs & Hair Solutions for a hair loss solution to fit your needs.


Bonnie Grauer, the owner of Wigs and Hair Solutions, has been a breast cancer survivor for 10 years, and is invigorated by helping cancer patients and hair loss suffers to 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 custom synthetic wigs and 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 caused by bariatric surgery, our stylists 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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