Understanding Hair Loss After Bariatric Surgery
Hair loss after bariatric surgery is a common side effect. The condition is called telogen effluvium, and it results from a shift in the regular balance of the hair cycle. Your best bet in the face of post-op hair loss is to keep up with your nutrition. The BariatricPal Store has the protein and other nutrients for post-op patients.
How Hair Loss Occurs
The hair growth cycle has these phases.
- Anagen (growth). Hair grows.
- Telogen (resting). Hair stops growing. It falls out after a few months.
In telogen effluvium, the percent of hair that is in the telogen stage increases. You may shed more hair. Hair may thin.
Protein for Hair Loss After Bariatric Surgery
Your surgeon may suggest adding more protein to reduce hair loss after bariatric surgery. Liquid protein may come as soon as a day or two after your procedure. Eventually, you can add pureed, semi-soft, and solid foods.
The BariatricPal Store has these (and more) high-protein items.
- Protein Shakes, Puddings, and Gelatins.
- Protein Soups.
- Protein Hot Drinks, Fruit Drinks, and Smoothies
- Protein Omelets, Pancakes, Pasta, and other Protein Entrees
- Protein Puffs, Chips, Pretzels, Crisps, Cookies, and other Protein Snacks.
You can be sure that they are designed for post-op bariatric surgery patients. They are low in carbs and sugar, convenient, and delicious.
More Nutrients for Hair Loss After Bariatric Surgery
Nutrient deficiencies are rampant after weight loss surgery, and that can’t be good for hair loss! You’ll want to check with your surgeon or nutritionist about which bariatric vitamins to take. A multivitamin is typical, and the BariatricPal Store has them in Capsules, Vitamin Patches, and Liquids. Biotin is another common nutrient for hair loss. It’s best to ask your doctor about which supplements are best for you.
Other Strategies for Coping with Hair Loss After Bariatric Surgery
Keep in mind that the condition is temporary. And it probably isn’t as noticeable to others as it is to you.
At the BariatricPal Store, we’ve been there, done that. We understand what you are going through after bariatric surgery, and there’s a good chance we can help you get through it. With hair loss, we have a full range of protein supplements, including liquid proteins that you can take within days of surgery as soon as your surgeon gives the go-ahead. There are also vitamins and other supplements that can support overall nutrition, including for healthy hair. We’re here for you!