Hair Loss-FAQ For Bariatric And Gastric Bypass Sufferer

Those of you who are suffering from bariatric or gastric bypass must be losing great amount of hairs. And no one likes hair loss as it makes one look bit odd and not so good looking.

Because of hair loss, one too starts feeling stressed and starts experimenting on hairs which cause more hair loss and more stress. So do not stress your scalp and avoid hair loss.

It is common known fact that one of the most stressing side effects of bariatric and gastric bypass surgery is that it results in some hair loss and weight loss speedily.

You must have heard that patients would lose hairs but not become bald at least. But being half bald then full bald is even more stressing. Need to take care of your scalp with some of the best hair steamers.

Don’t Panic!!!

Below are some answers to some of your questions that often come in your mind:

Q: Why do we lose some hair?

A: when you were pre-op person, you used to have in-take of 3000 to 5000 calories in single day. But after the surgery, calorie in-take automatically drops to 300 to 600 calorie in a day.

Obviously when calorie in-take reduces from such a large margin, body gets activated in emergency mode as it gets signals that something is definitely going terrible causing this much.

So now body concentrates only on one thing that is supporting important organs to maintain life. Hairs have never in life sustaining category and so body stops sending nutrients and enough diet to maintain hairs and focuses more on other organs.

Q: When does hair loss begin?

A: usually it starts on one month after surgery and last till around six months after surgery. This can also be in between of third month and last for more than six months. Time period varies from person to person i.e. each month has different time periods.

Q: How much hair is lost?

A: you might have heard this funny thing that hair loss is so much that cat can be built from lost hairs. This silly something can give you more stress but don’t worry, this is not true. These are things that become popular stressing people.

After surgery, you would start noticing hairs on hands while showering, on pillow, in comb or hair brush. But this is nothing to be worried about. Hair fall will stop falling eventually once body comes back on routine and feels healthy.

Once body starts feeling good again, it will start sending nutrients again to hairs. So what you need to do till then is be patient and believe that it will stop soon. Till then keep yourself health and take healthy foods.

Following are some guidelines to prevent more hair loss:

  • Do not wear a hat, scarf, head bands, tight barrettes, ponytail, or anything that will pull follicles of your hair. Pulling and pushing hairs when already weaken attracts more hairs to fall. So neglect from wearing these items at least for six months after surgery.
  • Do not use hairdryers, curling irons,best hair irons and hot rollers as these appliances are hot enough to cause more hair loss. Instead use fan to dry your hairs and jells of good quality and brand for curls. Sprays can work too.

It is also okay to die your hairs cautiously rather than every six weeks. Always try to buy best flat iron for natural hair for your hair as it will result in less hair damage.Usually six weeks is the period to die hairs so now go for eight weeks time period. Concern your hair dresser for more tips and guidelines.

  • Go for new hair styles. If you are fat then you would definitely do almost everything to keep your hairs in best position so that hairs could divert attention from extra weight. Now when you already are losing hairs, attention is drawing again on your weight.

So to distract this extra attention, now is the perfect time to try new hair styles. Long tresses are heavy to carry and pull all follicles back and downwards.

So it’s better to try shorter styles that would keep your hairs more on head. Just like you do experiments with your looks; it is not bad idea to do some experiment with your hairs especially when this experiment can work in your favor.

  • Go for hair product NIOXIN. This product can be found out in beauty salons. Cancer patients need to follow three important steps while using the product. If followed correctly, more hairs will be prevented from falling. The product used correctly strengthens the follicles. You can read testimonials on the product and this product for sure works as a hair saver.
  • Most important thing to do is to remember that hair fall is temporarily and it will stop eventually.Keep encouraging yourself that its okay, this change is for some time and in few days your hairs will be back to normal. Some people have experienced that their hairs soon became healthy and even healthier than ever.

Your hair’s texture can change too. This change can sound interesting as some of you might have straight hairs and have always wanted curly hairs; some of you might have curly hairs and have always wanted wavy or straight hairs.

  • Next important point to remember is don’t take stress. As mentioned above stress weakens your brain which has direct link with hair roots and the more the stress, the more the hair fall. Do lots of oiling as it too nourishes hairs. Avoid using all the brands available in the market.


In the meantime what you need to do is take very special care of your hairs. Give extra attention to them, pamper them, and do whatever you can to relax your head as head is directly linked to hairs.

Be certain that you will get out of this phase very soon. Now a days, fashion has improved so much and has introduced so many nicer hairstyles. So you can select one of hairs styles that would suit you and give you fresher and attractive look. Just relax and let time do its job.