Hair Loss After Gastric Bypass

Why do some patients lose their hair after bypass surgery?

Doctor Answers 2

Hair loss with weight loss surgery

About 50% of patient usually report some hair loss after bariatric surgery.  Usually it is just noticing some hair in the shower and it is not noticed by anyone around year.  Be sure to eat protein and consider biotin to help you with hair loss.  The important thing to remember is that your hair will always come back and that it is temporary.

Long Island Bariatric Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 3 reviews

Hair loss after weight loss surgery

Hair loss is generally temporary, and is related to the speed of weight loss and protein intake.  Think of your body as a factory, manufacturing multiple products.  Many of those products are made from protein.  As you lose weight and go into a "starvation mode." the body needs to decide which products it needs to keep making, and which it can do without.  Well, if it's a choice between repairing and maintaining vital organs and making hair, guess what?  You stop making hair.  The good news is that once weight stabilizes, hair production resumes.

Mark Pleatman, MD
Bloomfield Hills Bariatric Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 20 reviews

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.