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Hair Loss after Bariatric Surgery

Between 30 to 40 percent of patients will experience some type of temporary hair loss after bariatric surgery within the first six months. The sudden change to a patient's diet, calorie intake, and other physiological effects can all cause changes that begin to affect the natural growth stages of hair. Fortunately, the team at Tijuana Bariatrics Center in Tijuana, Mexico, can help you to minimize hair loss after surgery.

Why Does Surgery Cause Hair Loss?

Regardless of having undergone surgery, people lose more than 100 hairs per day. The loss of hairs is the final part of the natural four-stage hair growth cycle. However, after undergoing a bariatric procedure, the body has to adjust to living on fewer calories and fewer nutrients. This causes the natural growth cycle to be altered, since remaining nutrients are appropriated to the organs that require them the most. The result, along with hormonal changes, is that more hairs go into a resting phase, causing more of them to fall out, leading to thinner hair.

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Hair loss after bariatric surgery is common and usually temporary.

How to Minimize Hair Loss

Prior to your bariatric procedure, the staff at Tijuana Bariatric Center will answer all of your questions about what to expect after the procedure. If hair loss is one of your major concerns, the staff can explain how additional protein and other nutritional supplements can offset this side-effect. These supplements may include:

  • Zinc
  • Iron
  • Biotin
  • Essential Fatty Acids
  • Copper

Additional micronutrients such as niacin, selenium, and various vitamins such as A, B12, C, and D, may also be part of the recommended supplement regimen.

A Temporary Side Effect

Post-bariatric hair loss commonly occurs within three to six months following the procedure and can last up to a year for some patients. However, once your body begins to adjust and hormones become more balanced, hair loss should subside and the natural growth cycle that you experienced prior to your procedure can return to normal. 

Once your body begins to adjust and hormones become balanced, hair loss should subside and the natural growth cycle that you experienced prior to your procedure can resume.

The staff understands that patients often choose to undergo bariatric surgery not only to improve their health, but to also improve their self-esteem and satisfaction with their appearance. Hair plays an important role in helping most patients to feel confident about the way they look, so patients are encouraged to be very frank about this issue during consultations so the Tijuana Bariatric Center staff can help in any way possible.

Contact Tijuana Bariatric Center Today

To speak with a member of the team and discuss how you can experience the best possible results following bariatric surgery, call (800) 970-0577 or send a message online. As a patient of Tijuana Bariatric Center, your surgery will be performed by a qualified doctor at a fraction of the cost that you would pay in the United States. Start your journey toward a new chapter of health and confidence in your life today.

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