Jump to content
×
Are you looking for the BariatricPal Store? Go now!

Recommended Posts

I had surgery in April. It's been 4 months. I went from 340lbs to 255lbs, which is a total of 85lbs down. I'd rather have the weight loss than the hair anyways but... I just need a moment to mourn the loss of my hair!

I'm literally pulling clumps out every day. Some people say they can't notice their Hair loss. You can 100% notice mine. I hope it stops soon otherwise I won't have any hair left over! I'm going to buy a wig topper this weekend. Sighhh.... can't wait for regrowth.

Sent from my SM-G955U using BariatricPal mobile app

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
I feel your pain. I’ve always had thinner Swedish type hair. I had Hair loss. Noticeable. It has stopped and is regrowing. It’s about 2-3 inches regrown and I have a fuzzy hair halo. It’s not pretty but it’s coming back. I had my surgery 11/27/17.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
24 minutes ago, Sprinkles1 said:

I had surgery in April. It's been 4 months. I went from 340lbs to 255lbs, which is a total of 85lbs down. I'd rather have the weight loss than the hair anyways but... I just need a moment to mourn the loss of my hair!

I'm literally pulling clumps out every day. Some people say they can't notice their Hair loss. You can 100% notice mine. I hope it stops soon otherwise I won't have any hair left over! I'm going to buy a wig topper this weekend. Sighhh.... can't wait for regrowth.

Sent from my SM-G955U using BariatricPal mobile app

I'm right there with you - had surgery March 5th - started noticing hair thinning in July. I had a thick head of hair so no one but me really notices. But i'm so ready for it to begin regrowing! A friend recommended Viviscal Vitamins for hair - so I'm going to pick some up today and try that. Apparently it takes about a month to start working - but I really want my hair to get thicker soon :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
You have Swedish hair, well I am Celtic fair, pretty comparable, difference is your hair is straight , my has curls and waves to it, but we both are pretty fair. Reading your post and Sprinkles I can hear,what song,is playing. My surgery is,September 5th, this means somewhere between. Christmas and Valentine's Day I either will have a thin afro/halo of red gold curls or I'm gonna have the appearance of a very weird chicken trying her hardest to grow feathers,...I'll take it, I knit, I crochet, I have any number of knitted caps, I'll keep it trimmed short,until the new comes in. This I can do, what I don't want is obesity, pain, the sorrow of hardly being able,to walk, using a cane knowing I am scant stage from regressing to a walker,or wheelchair, because my 2 knee replacements keep,saying " Lady, WHAT DO YOU EXPECT US TO DO, WE ARE DOING OUR BEST! Hokay, as an example take today, and I would like to give it away!. I get,out of bed, my urinary system says " Keep moving, this could be embarrassing.: Of course my bathroom is in the opposite end of my living quarters from my bedroom. I get there just,in time after a fast waddle through the house, ah #1, blessed relief! Then my colon speaks up, he's even more peeved than the urinary system was. He stickers " You thought that 120 oz was enough to keep things moving along well? Ha, you let the kidneys take it all! Now you'll see,how efficient I AM! Go ahead and strain, strain all you can ,maybe I'll work, maybe I'll just hold to what I have in here! Haven't decided yet. "Yeah even my elimination organs are mouthy, wonder if Premier Protein or Adkins make a shake that has prune juice?,,Been using Miralax 3 times a week, maybe I should go to every other day, maybe every day? Squatty Potty here I come!
I am needing to move these limitations into E-limitations, it's a challenge but ladies, I Am The Woman for it, you are winning your battles, can I do less? If i,end up doing,it half bald it will be a step up from where I am now

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

How long did it take for the Hair loss to stop?? I'm ready for this to be over [emoji24]

Sent from my SM-G955U using BariatricPal mobile app

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have a female family member who had suddenly lost a lot of hair after taking topamax for Migraines. She had clumps coming out as well, and the doctors couldn't figure out what helps.

She's had some success with Nutrifol (Supplements), plus adding 10,000IU of Biotin. She also doesn't blow dry her hair, and she's tried a dozen different shampoos and so far likes "Thicker Fuller Hair" Shampoo. She told me that she's not really growing more hair, but she's not losing it. She has not tried women's rogane though. She was prescribed some sort of special shampoo, but that just made it worse.

I'm sorry you ladies have that problem - seems like it is less socially-acceptable for women to have thin or no hair. I'm not far out enough to tell for me, but the hair started turning white (About 6 months ago, before surgery), so if it falls out, then you can't tell I'm getting old! :)

I hope that if you try the supplements it will help. They are pretty expensive though, I think she said the nutrifol was over $50 a month!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Posted (edited)

You might find your answer here. Spoiler: Hair loss rarely lasts more than 6 months.

https://www.drdkim.net/ask-the-dietitian/understanding-hair-loss-after-bariatric-surgery/

Edited by Missouri-Lee's Summit

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I know it doesn't last very long... but with the amount I'm losing... I won't have any hair by then. I'm not even being dramatic. I can tea l run my hands through my hair and have a fist full of hair. I'm seriously debating just shaving my entire hair so when it does grow back it'll look even. I'm sick of having strands of hair everywhere... sigh!

Sent from my SM-G955U using BariatricPal mobile app

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Your problem may be your pen name, you literally,have sprinkles of hair here and there. At least yours will be a normal color and pretty soon the right thickness. My friends that went through chemo ended with different. One girlfriend had straight,blond hair. After her round,wss through she developed red gold curls. Said she went,from Anna Nicole Smith to little Orphan Annie. 👱

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I lost a small hamster sized ball of hair the other day in the shower. I went out the next day and got a bob haircut that barely covers my earlobes. It looks way better than the finger-sized ponytail I had left, and it's way easier to groom and go.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I actually remember losing more hair during my four pregnancies.

I have noticed a little Hair loss since surgery, but not much. I have good hair. Good genes, I guess. I'm in my 50s and still no gray hair. I've never colored my hair either. I pretty much ignore it. Just cheap Shampoo when it needs it. My hair has always been the same dark brown with reddish-gold highlights. My great-grandmother was in her 80s and she had no gray either. My mother has some gray hair. My younger sister and daughter have some gray, too.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 8/11/2018 at 3:45 AM, Missouri-Lee's Summit said:

I actually remember losing more hair during my four pregnancies.

I have noticed a little Hair loss since surgery, but not much. I have good hair. Good genes, I guess. I'm in my 50s and still no gray hair. I've never colored my hair either. I pretty much ignore it. Just cheap Shampoo when it needs it. My hair has always been the same dark brown with reddish-gold highlights. My great-grandmother was in her 80s and she had no gray either. My mother has some gray hair. My younger sister and daughter have some gray, too.

Missouri-Lee's Summit - not to scare you, but I, too, had beautiful hair - a thick head of hair - so thick that I used to joke with my hairdressers to shave off 1/2 of it (underneath) because it was too thick! It used to take my hairdresser at least an hour to dry my hair straight - there would be 5 layers - I've even had 2 stylists working on me at once when I wore it longer.

My surgery was March 5th. I started noticing the hair thinning in July - and it has continued through now. From what I've read, it usually occurs between 6 and 12 months and can last for 4-6 months. My hair is baby fine thin now. I even went to a wig shop and set up an appointment because if it continues thinning out (they said it could last for several months) - I may get a topper or full wig (insurance won't cover, but I'm willing to spend the $300-$1000).

I just got it cut shorter to my shoulders and am trying to make it look thicker by using mousse and other thickening products in it.

II did start taking Viviscal today - it's supposed to help promote thicker/faster Hair growth. I will let you know if I notice any results. I really hope you don't have to face it because it can be quite disconcerting seeing so much hair everytime you wash, brush, or run your fingers through...but if it does happen, just remember it's only temporary. It will grow back! That's what I keep telling myself.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Posted (edited)

@Roxine. You didn't scare me... and like you said, it's only temporary. I've been taking collagen peptides (for skin, hair, nail, and joint support) for about a couple of weeks. It might help; it might not. My guess is that I'm a good deal older than you, so I'm used to my body heading South. I looked up Viviscal... I wonder what horsetail extract does? I'll ask my daughter about it; she's a pharmacist.

Just curious, but did you grow up sitting on your hair? I did. Super long, super thick and straight. I've worn it shoulder length for several years now. I've never had it any shorter.

I'm happy for you regarding all the weight you've lost. Your remaining weight is the about the same as the weight I've lost so far.

Since my pregnancies already scared the becheezits outta me when my hair was falling out in handfuls, I'm sort of prepared. I hope it doesn't happen, but I think I'll do okay. Also, and due to my thyroid, I have very little body hair. Never have to shave my legs. No hair!

If you decide to get a wig, let me know. If you get one, are you planning to go drastically different or more or less the same as your hair now?

Edited by Missouri-Lee's Summit

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thank you all for these threads about Hair loss, even though I'm preop, I've worried about it a little bit. I'm glad to have the information so I can be prepared. I've always had thick, full, wavy hair that has thinned slightly at the start of menopause. Hoping this next adventure leaves it alone. Anyway, it's great to hear that the loss is usually temporary. What a relief!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Featured Surgeons

    1. Masoud Rezvani

      Woodbridge, Virginia 22191

    2. Lisa Medvetz

      Downingtown, Pennsylvania 19335
      800-282-0066

  • Recent Topics

  • Recent Status Updates

    • CrankyMagpie

      I'm going to hit my stall now. I can tell, because 1) almost everybody stalls when they start moving on to real foods, in addition to the liquids, and 2) I'm at 302 pounds, lol, and the scale knows I want to see the 2 in the first digit.
      I'm fine. It's not going to freak me out or really even upset me. Honestly, I could stand the reconfiguration of inches that always comes with a stall, for me.
      I'm posting here in between bites of refried beans, which (knock on wood) seem to be going pretty well for me, so far. I'm so happy. Between ricotta (with a little sauce and a little seasoning) and refried beans (with a very small amount of low-fat cheese melted in), I can live without chewable foods for a pretty long time. (I'm also eating yogurt and ricotta cheese.) I do want to upgrade to the ricotta bake, because it has better protein and might cut down the number of protein shakes I need in a day. It's probably a bit more firm than ricotta alone, so I held off at first, but I think it's time, don't you? Plus, my spouse can put it over pasta and enjoy it with me.
      I'm eating 2.5 ounces of ricotta in a serving and maybe that much in beans? (this is my first attempt, but that's how much I served myself) I can eat 4 ounces of Greek yogurt in half an hour, which feels like a lot before the 2 week anniversary of my surgery. But I still haven't really figured out my body's "full" signal. I felt a little sick and stopped eating, one time, which made me think I'd overdone it. Other times, I just take tiny bites, sometimes a few minutes apart, for half an hour. And then I refrigerate or throw out what's left, because that was the guidance the nutritionists gave me. But other people talk about a sore shoulder or something as their signal, and I haven't found that yet.
      I guess it'll come with time and practice.
      · 3 replies
      1. CrankyMagpie

        Prediction: ACCURATE! I was up .2 this morning. Here's hoping my thighs are smaller after this stall, so I can finally wear smaller pants. (The waists of pants that "fit" are too loose, but the thighs are still tight. And belts are uncomfortable on my incisions.)

      2. Orchids&Dragons

        Don't talk yourself into a stall. They're common, but not everyone has them early on. I honestly haven't had one yet. I've only had 3 "up" weeks in almost 8 months and none of them was from a stall. (One was from vacation, two were recovering from losing 13 lbs in 10 days because I was prescribed too much diuretic and ended up dehydrated in the er ☹️) You're unique, just let it go.

        It is early for you to recognize a "full" signal. Pretty much all the foods you're eating right now are sliders that just pass through your pouch. Other than the refried beans, most of them won't stay long enough to trigger a "fullness" feeling. Don't worry, it will come. You're doing great!

      3. CrankyMagpie

        If it's a stall, it's only in comparison to the ridiculous speed with which I lost during immediate pre- and post-op. I'm still down like half a pound from when I posted this. (Half a pound in four days is slow for this stage of the journey, but it's still good!)

        Thanks for the reassurance! It's good to be told I'm doing well. ❤️

    • Leia

      211!!! Randomly super excited to have read that on the scale this morning! It almost doesn't feel real!
      · 0 replies
      1. This update has no replies.
    • AshMarie794

      Haven't hit a stall but this week with only a 2 lbs loss after hitting the gym for 5 days is really getting to me.
      · 1 reply
      1. GB in CA

        I had a stall for 2 weeks, lost a couple pounds, then started the gym and now I'm stalled again!

    • GreenTealael

      Alright. No more adulting. Burned my nose, broke my espresso maker (officially), stubbed my toe, and cracked my phone screen all before 8am.
      Going back to bed.
      · 2 replies
      1. AshAsh1

        Ouchhhhh. Virtual hugs for sure!

      2. sillykitty

        I'd definitely be done for the day! Back under the covers and Netflix for sure!

    • GreenTealael

      Bought fleece lined tights today. I really need fur lined pants...
      · 5 replies
      1. MargoCL

        I love my fleece lined tights.... :)

      2. sillykitty

        Hmmm .... tell me more about this?? I'm a Cali girl, but spend a lot of time in colder climates. I like the idea of these!

      3. FluffyChix

        See. I read this ^^^ as, "I'm a Call girl..." and I'm like, well, I bet plenty of call girls would appreciate the thermal effect of fleece lined tights. :D

        Here you go! Trying to wrap my head around these, btw, but in Houston Texas, there are about 2 weeks in February when I would possibly need them. :D

        https://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?pid=347672022&CAWELAID=120299900001964849&CAGPSPN=pla&CAAGID=59094339069&CATCI=pla-531501973658&tid=onpl000017&kwid=1&ap=7&gclid=CjwKCAjwu5veBRBBEiwAFTqDwZCZW-TNnHzknUG7ykj-uqnaeGPZJDiQEzWXOD9gThPJZrcfbRxkdxoCcMsQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

      4. GreenTealael

        Ahahaha eyes playing tricks on us!

        They are thicker than regular opaque tights and are just so cozy...

      5. sillykitty

        Ok ... I have some in my Amazon cart .... :)

  • Trending Topics

  • Magazine Articles

  • Together, we have lost...
      lbs
    ×