At Secret Surgery, something that we get asked about all the time is gastric bypass surgey – and some of its more unsavoury side effects. A lot of ladies are concerned that if they undergo gastric bypass surgery they might suffer from hair loss after the operation. It is an unfortunate possiblibility, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do to reduce hair loss and stimulate hair regrowth.
If you’re keen to know why hair loss after gastric bypass surgery happens, it’s all about calories. After the surgery, your body will be forced to subsist on much lower amounts of calories, and which means that none of those calories and nutrients are wasted. Keeping the rest of you alive and pumping is obviously more important than keeping your hair healthy, so it’s your organs that get prioritised.
For this reason, if you want to minimize hair loss, it’s a good idea to make sure you’re eating right straight away after your surgery. You need to take in as much protein as you can; most doctors will recommend something like 60 grams a day, but it can never hurt to get more. If you find this too difficult, you can easily boost your intake with protein shakes and snacks.
Secondly, you need to do everything you can to look after your hair. This means no perms, colour treatments, or straightening for the time being; these treatments will only increase the rate that your hair falls out! Also, keep your hair trimmed regularly for a fuller appearance, and brush it every day. If you’ve got the cash to splurge on really good shampoo and conditioner, now’s the time to do it.
Finally, if you really want to reverse the effects that gastric bypass surgery will have on your hair, you need to promote regrowth by getting your body all the nutrients it needs. Supplements will help you; not just in the way of protein shakes, but also vitamin and mineral tablets, too.
It might sound like a lot, but it’s easy to quickly get into a routine of haircare that should mean you don’t suffer too much hair loss after your surgery. The truth is, it’s not as scary as it sounds, and with our VIP aftercare package, we’ll be with you every step of the way.