Your Weight Loss Surgery Can Cause Hair Loss

  • 19 March 2019
  • Hair Experts @ AHS
  • 4 min. read

Usually, about 90 percent of hair are in a growth phase and 10 percent are in a resting phase at any given time, which means that you are frequently losing a lot less hair than you are growing so you don’t have visible hair loss. But sometimes this can change.

A common complaint and fear of weight loss surgery patients is post-operative hair loss. Our hair is an important part of our self-image and body image, for most of us as people, but, it is not very important to our bodies. Therefore, nutrition can have a great impact on hair health because, the body will shift nutritional stores to critical organs like brain and heart and away from your hair when forced to make a choice.

Hair loss has many causes. After weight-loss surgery, the most common type of hair loss is a disperse loss known as telogen effluvium, which can have both nutritional and non-nutritional reasons.

Your Weight Loss Surgery Can Cause Hair Loss

Weight-loss Surgery and Hair Loss

Nutritional issues aside, weight loss surgery patients already have two main risks of major surgery and quick weight-loss. Only these can be accounted for much of the hair loss seen after surgery. Hair loss will continue until all hair that have shifted into the telogen phase have fallen out, in the absence of a nutritional issue. There is no way of switching them back to the previous phase.

Hair loss seldom lasts for more than six months in the absence of a dietary cause. In telogen effluvium, because hair follicles are not damaged, hair should then regrow. That’s why; most doctors can reassure their weight-loss surgery patients that keeping up healthy nutritional intake and with time and patience, their hair will grow back. Discrete nutritional deficiencies are said to cause and add to telogen effluvium. One would be more doubtful of a nutritional contribution to post-weight loss surgery hair loss if:

  • Hair loss sustained more than one year after surgery
  • Client is having difficulty in eating or has not conformed with supplementation
  • Hair loss began more than six months after surgery
  • Client has verified low values of zinc, ferritin or protein
  • Client has more swift than expected weight-loss
  • There are other symptoms of deficiency.


Hair loss can be distressing to weight loss surgery patients and many will try nutrition themselves to see if they can prevent it. However, hair loss later can be indicative of a nutritional problem, particularly iron deficiency. This can be treated clinically after consulting with your doctors and adhering to the medication properly. Unfortunately, early hair loss is not preventable because it is most likely caused by surgery and quick weight-loss. This is when you need reliable hair loss solutions as provided by Advanced Hair Studio. Get the most reliable hair loss treatments for men with Advanced Hair Studio. With more than 300 branches and alliances, Advanced Hair Studio has provided affordable hair solutions to millions of people all around the world.

Your Weight Loss Surgery Can Cause Hair Loss

Article by Hair Experts @ AHS

Originally hailing from the length and breath of the country our team of hair experts bring together their strength that lies in consulting for hair and skin/scalp concerns that are faced by a lot of people. This core team involves field experts having passion in the field of aesthetics and creating as well as finding the right answers and clearing doubts about all things "Hair". Combining the interest in the field of aesthetics and general well-being, the team moves forward applying the knowhow gained in the field of trichology as well as hair transplantation contributing successfully in being part of our Team India operations and contributing to the needs of our patrons.

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