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Tips for Minimizing Hair Loss After Weight-loss Surgery

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Shedding hair three to five months after weight-loss surgery is a relatively common occurrence that happens from losing weight rapidly, not getting enough protein, and the general stress your body goes through from surgery. Other less common reasons for post-surgery hair loss might be a lack of important dietary nutrients such as zinc, biotin, potassium, vitamin B6, or phosphorus.

A deficiency of these nutrients can damage the hair root, thus making follicles unsalvageable. Lack of protein in your diet, will cause the hair to break off as it grows through the scalp.

Ensuring your post-surgery diet is rich in protein and the appropriate vitamins and minerals can help lessen the severity of hair loss, or even prevent it. Here are some tips to make sure you’re consuming the right nutrients to protect your hair.

Tips for minimizing hair loss after weight-loss surgery

  • Consume a minimum of 60 to 80 grams of protein each day.
  • Include a protein with every meal and snack.
  • Use liquid or powdered protein supplements to meet daily protein intake goals.
  • Take vitamin and mineral supplements as recommended by your doctor
  • Eat a wide variety of healthy, nutrient-rich foods every day.

If bariatric surgery-related hair loss does occur, don’t worry – it will grow back!

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Learn about bariatric surgery and get the support you need to continue on your weight-loss journey. We offer workouts, recipes and tips from Bariatric Surgery program team members, and stories from patients like you.

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