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Hair Loss experiences?

Started by lizzy25, Sep 25, 2009 12:06 AM
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Posted September 25, 2009 - 12:06 AM

Hey guys!

I'm considering the VSG, and I'm very concerned about hair loss. I have very thin hair already, and if it gets any thinner I will need a wig. I've seen that many people report hair loss as a side-effect of VSG, but I'm wondering what your experiences are with it? How much hair did you lose? When did you start losing hair? Was the hair loss long-lasting, or has the hair grown back?

Thanks for your time!!


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Posted September 25, 2009 - 12:14 PM

Hair loss is a side-effect of all WLS, not just VSG.

Mine started very early, probably due to hormones, and then around 7-8 months out, it slowed way down and now, at 12 months out, it's a trickle and some days I don't lose any in the shower.

I have very thin hair and no one but me noticed my hair loss. Well, my hair dresser finally noticed at my last haircut, but no one else. Thank goodness!


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Posted September 25, 2009 - 2:23 PM

Hairloss can and does happen with all of the surgeries not just VSG. I just recently noticed that I ma losing more hair than I normally do. I'm almost months post op, and it's coming out pretty severely, but it'll grow back.


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Posted September 25, 2009 - 2:49 PM

I am 5 weeks out and have lost some hair. I actually lost more hair before surgery due to stressing myself out about surgery! Seriously.

At least for me right now you can't tell. Only I know because I can see a little more in the brush and in the shower drain.

Not to discount your fear......hair loss was/is the least of my worries. I so wanted to be healthy and skinny I could have gone bald for awhile and it would have been fine. I have seen very few posts on boards about severe hair loss.


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Posted September 26, 2009 - 8:26 PM

I agree with Tiffy - hair loss is a side effect of all surgeries, generally it is a side effect of the anesthesia and I believe it can last up to 8 months post surgery. I don't think it is so severe that others notice it (other than our hair dressers).


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Posted September 26, 2009 - 11:06 PM

With band surgery, mine started out at 4 months and didn't quit until I was 1 yr. post op. I am hoping this time it will stop before that. Mine is coming out quite badly right now.


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Posted September 28, 2009 - 4:18 AM

I'd rather lose hair than no weight. I am 5 months out, a few weeks ago my hair started to thin, and it has stopped now. Its not even noticable.


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Posted September 28, 2009 - 6:54 AM

Hair loss is from the anesthesia. It generally starts at around 3-4 months out, and starts growing back around 8 months out if you're getting the proper nutrition your body requires. It's a temporary problem.

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