Hair Loss after Bariatric Surgery

February 22, 2017

Anna Bryant, MS, RD, LDN, Bariatric Dietitian

Many patients will experience some degree of post-surgical hair loss.  Most commonly this occurs between four and six months after having had bariatric surgery.  The hair loss can often be caused by the rapid loss and stress the body will go through after surgery.  This hair loss is called Telogen Effluvium and should continue no longer than six months post-op.  The hair will grow back!

If your hair loss starts later than six months post-op it could be caused by a nutritional deficiency in biotin, phosphorus, potassium, vitamin B6, zinc, or most commonly protein.  It is very important to come to follow-up appointments and have blood work checked regularly to ensure you are providing proper nutrition for your body.

Ways to prevent or stop hair loss post-op include:

  • Meet daily goal of 60 to 80 grams of protein each day.
  • Take all vitamins and minerals as recommended
  • Eat a variety of nutrient dense foods

Don’t forget you can always reach out to one of the Registered Dietitans in the office for help!

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