Should I expect to lose hair after bariatric surgery?

Possibly. There are two common reasons for this. First, endocrine (thyroid) levels can fluctate with rapid weight changes and should be monitored. Second, extreme stress can cause hairloss that may not be evident or 3-6 months following the stress, and may not improve for 3-6 more months. Your dr should be able tell if a work-up is necessary, versus reassurance and time.
Temporary loss. Patients who are losing a lot of weight will tend to direct nutrients away from the hair, leading to a slowing of new hair growth. It is only temporary. Tips to prevent hair loss: extra biotin, zinc, and protein. Many patients have told me that rogaine (minoxidil) helped prevent hair loss in the first 2-4 months after surgery.

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What is the best way to stop hair loss after bariatric surgery?

Few things possible. Hair loss after bariatric surgery may be related to a number of things. Make sure proteins are a good part of your diet. Vitamin losses especially b vitamins and c can contribute - take a multivitamin and check your levels. Thyroid inactivity can also contribute so have your TSH and thyroid level checked. Read more...
Zinc, biotin,protein. Hair loss is temporary after bariatric surgery. Zinc, biotin, and protein can minimize the amount of hair loss. We have had many patients use rogaine (minoxidil) for 2-3 months with immediate cessation of hair loss. Read more...

How can I slow down hair loss after bariatric surgery?

Do not think so. I do not think any association with your hair loss after bariatric surgery. Stress , hormone imbalance , change in shampoo can cause hair loss. You need to mention to your dortor to get evaluate. Read more...
Hair loss is common. ...After any surgery, especially one that dramatically changes your nutritional intake; it's called "telogen effluvium." it's temporary, and the hair will grow back, but it might take awhile (weeks to months). It's worrisome, i know; happened to me after an operation, and i knew what it was, and knew it would grow back, and it still freaked me out! but rest assured, it's a temporary thing. Read more...
Zinc, biotin, protei. Hair loss is temporary after gastric bypass. It is due to nutrients being directed away from hair. You can decrease this effect by increasing nutrients like zinc, biotin, and protein. Many patients have also told me that Minoxidil solution (rogaine) for a few months can stop the hair loss. Read more...

Is it normal to be losing hair after weight loss surgery?

Yes. This typically results from not eating enough protein. Usually this will get better with supplants of protein. Ask nutritionist at your bariatric program. Read more...
Temp hair loss, yes. During the first few months when weight loss is rapid, the nutrient and blood flow to the scalp hair is decreased in order to supply more important organs. Hence, hair. Read more...
Telogen effluvium. Yes, it's probably related to telogen effluvium, which is temporary hair loss of varying degree that tends to occur after a stressful event. Common triggers include weight loss and surgery, among others. Read more...
Yes. Hair loss after weight loss surgery is not uncommon. Can be due to the stress of the surgery in the first few months. Long term hair loss can be a result of not enough protein. Taking the vitamin biotin can sometimes help as well. Read more...